Unit 2 Destination Discussion - India

Advance reading: Members of the group should read chapters two and three of In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India. In preparation for your discussion, review in particular pp. 108-115.

Watch together this 20 minute documentary about B.R. Ambedkar, the great champion of equality and caste abolition in India.


  1.  If you were speaking with someone who had never before heard of B.R. Ambedkar, how would you summarize the impact he had on India?
  2. What reasons can you think of for why Mohandas Gandhi is so much better known outside of India than is B.R. Ambedkar?
  3. From your reading so far, what do you understand about caste and its manifestations in present-day India? What seems to have changed since Ambedkar’s time, and what appears to be the same?
  4. What other questions have arisen for you in your study so far?


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