The School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) organized a lecture titled “Contours of Ambedkar Studies: Methodological Probings” by Prof. G. Haragopal to mark the foundation day of Centre for Ambedkar Studies on 19th April 2014. Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad presided over the lecture. Dr. K.Y. Ratnam, Head, Centre for Ambedkar Studies, gave the welcome on this occasion.
Prof. Haragopal, in his lecture said that Ambedkar’s contribution is not only confined to the Dalits, but also to the entire Indian society. Despite the fact that Ambedkar came from the deprived section of the society, he is a great scholar and has rich, concrete ideas that are still alive. He studied various epics like Upanishads and the ideology of Buddha, to find the historical reasons of caste system, he added.
Prof. Haragopal stated that Ambedkar found Dalits a well as upper caste women being treated with the same humiliation in the society. He also defined that the Caste is not a division of labour, but a division of labourers.
Prof. Haragopal concluded his lecture stating that that the origin of Untouchability has no historical establishment.