Mahesh Upadhyaya, Regional Director for IPM South Asia
B.R. Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi are revered figures in India. Born a Dalit (“Untouchable”), Ambedkar was the key figure in drafting the Constitution of India, became leader in opposing caste, and converted to Buddhism. Gandhi, most influential proponent of nonviolence, remained Hindu while rejecting much of traditional Hinduism. How can their approaches be related to majoritarian politics, including what some regard as the violence of majoritarian politics in India today and the contemporary world? Is newly emerging Hindu versus Hindutva dynamic relevant to this topic? Mahesh Upadhyaya is Regional Consultant for IPM South Asia’s Immersion Programs. A longtime activist with more than 28 years of experience, he has a strong background in labor advocacy, organization development, and religious studies.
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