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Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme

Ambedkar and Other Immortals: An Untouchable Research Programme

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With Ambedkar and Other Immortals, Soumyabrata Choudhury produces urgent interpretive realignments which provoke in us the capacity to receive a new, vital wound of thinking: The wound of Ambedkar-thought. Like Althusser marked a philosophical return to Marx, and LA can to Freud, Choudhury ‘returns’ to Ambedkar guided by Alain Badiou’s philosophical system. Ambedkar, the activist and politician, is upheld as a thinker with Supreme fidelity to the “norm of equality”, a figure in a long line of Immortals from Pericles and Abby Sieyès to Toussaint L’Ouverture. This wager on equality is undeterred by its absence on the ground. Recognising the universal logic of subjugation then opens up the space for a universal articulation for emancipation.

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