Ambedkar, the first Untouchable ever to be formally educated, pioneered new strategies, philosophically and practically, which continue to prove effective, not least in the inspirational example he set to India's Untouchable community in their struggle for social and political rights.
Jaffrelot's biography of the great Indian politician B.R. Ambedkar is both an historical study and a document relevant to today's concerns, given the rising profile of Dalits politically and otherwise in modern India.
is director of CERI (the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales) at Sciences Po in Paris. His books include The Hindu Nationalist Movement and Indian Politics, La Democratie en Inde: Religion, caste et politique, and India's Silent Revolution: The Rise of Lower Castes.