Lessons for Today in Ambedkar’s Last Address to the Constituent Assembly


Sixty-seven years ago, on November 25, 1949, B.R. Ambedkar addressed India’s Constituent Assembly for the last time. The full text of his speech on that day is presented below; it explored the creation of the Constitution, the role of the judiciary, the division of authority between the Centre and the states, the ills of hero-worship and Indians’ engagement with democracy. The Wire-India re-published his last address and marks out those passages that may be particularly relevant to us today.


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