Free Press Journal

Mumbai: Babasaheb Ambedkar biography republished after 60 years by ORF


Mumbai: A biography on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar that was published by a press in Karachi in Pakistan in 1946 has been republished for free distribution by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF).

The book written in old Marathi is an incomplete biography of Dr. Ambedkar as it was written in 1943 during his time, gives his perspective before converting to Buddhism.  Dr. Ambedkar’s struggle as a Dalit in those times has been featured in details.

The full manuscript could not be published since there was a shortage of paper during the Second World War. Its author, Tanaji Balaji Kharawatekar was the second graduate from the Konkan region after Dr. Ambedkar. ORF called it a valid biography of the Dalit icon as it was read by Dr. Ambedkar when it was first published. The book was printed by Ravi Kiran printing press in Karachi and the publisher was Venkatesh Thakur.

“Not only is it a biography, but it also shows how there was a close link between the Marathi language and Karachi since it was published by a press in Karachi. It does indicate that there were Marathi readers in Karachi,” said a member from ORF.

Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh, Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University (MU) said that a free copy of the book will be distributed to all the affiliated colleges of the university.

The book was launched for distribution in the MU Pherozeshah Mehta Bhavan Auditorium its Kalina campus.