Democracy is not merely a form of Government. It is primarily a mode of associated living of con-
joint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellow men’ (p. l). This quote by Dr. BR Ambedkar is testimony to his ideals of equality and the conception of inclusion of people from all groups in society, with a special emphasis on the depressed classes and the minority groups. His articulation also reflects that notional democracy has to come clean of the procedural cobwebs to attain its substantive goals. The socio-political milieu in which Ambedkar was born pushed him and inspired his untiring journey for progressive endeavours, for emancipation of excluded masses, and the struggle against ostracization. Ambedkar had rightly observed that the prevalence of inequality and lack of liberty in Indian society were deeply rooted in the atrocious web of the caste system. His precision in foreseeing how the evils of the caste system stood against his idea of democracy was aptly reflected in one of his lectures:
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