The Riddler?

Hinduism claims one billion adherents worldwide. To all those who hold this religion dear, B. R. Ambedkar poses many riddles: Is Hinduism even a religion? Who is a Hindu?

Like most of his writings, Riddles in Hinduism remained unpublished during his lifetime. When the state of Maharashtra finally printed it in 1987, the Shiv Sena sought a ban. While the liberals looked away, the Dalit movement circulated copies.

At a time when the state and the Hindu right are painting Ambedkar as a ‘Hindu’ figure, this fierce critique—now with illuminating annotations—shows us how and why Ambedkar had no love for Hinduism.

Riddles in Hinduism: The Annotated Critical Selection, by  B.R. Ambedkar is being published today by Navayana. This edition has an introduction by Kancha Isaiah wherein he tells us why Hinduism is facing its biggest ever challenge from Dalitbahujans. Ambedkar was one, today there are a million Ambedkars.

B. R. Ambedkar has said  “The Vedas are a worthless set of books. There is no reason either to call them sacred or infallible … The time has come when the Hindu mind must be freed from the hold which the silly ideas propagated by the Brahmans have on them. Without this, the liberation of India has no future.”

It is an important event that this text is finally being published with proper annotations and scholarly apparatus ... Ambedkar was always meant to disconcert, and to shake our very foundations. This is a text that shows him at his forensic best’—Pratap Bhanu Mehta

296 pages in paperback, Rs 295, ISBN 9788189059774