Charting the life and work of Bhagwan Das, 82, who worked as a research associate with B R Ambedkar from 1955 to 1956, Bhagwan Das: In Pursuit of Ambedkar coaxes the veteran to offer a Dalit perspective on some key moments in modern Indian history. Among other things, Das recalls the moment of Independence as ‘Hindu Raj’, a time when the untouchables were afraid; critiques Gandhi; and speaks of the ‘Valmikisation’ of the sweeper community following large-scale conversions to Christianity in the 1870s and 1880s.
[director]S Anand is the founder-publisher of Navayana, a publishing house that focuses on caste. This is his first film. [/director]