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The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse$
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Nagappa Gowda

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198072065

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072065.001.0001

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The Gita and Ambedkar

The Gita and Ambedkar

Buddhism as the Alternative

(p.222) 7 The Gita and Ambedkar
The Bhagavadgita in the Nationalist Discourse

Nagappa K. Gowda

Oxford University Press

Unlike other interpreters of the Bhagavadgita, Ambedkar saw the Gita as a historical text written after the Purvamimamsa to uphold Brahminism. This chapter contends that Ambedkar always felt that the Gita could never form the moral foundation of the nation. To him, the Gita espoused violence and the varna system. Instead he proposed Buddhism as the alternative to the Gita.

Keywords:   B.R. Ambedkar, Bhagavadgita, social practices, Brahminism, Buddhism, Buddhist revolution

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