Thus Spoke Ambedkar
By Dr Desh Raj Sirswal. Friday, 4. February, 11:34
“In every country the intellectual class is the most influential class. This is the class which can foresee, advise and lead. In no country does the mass of the people live the life for intelligent thought and action. It is largely imitative and follows the intellectual class. There is no exaggeration in saying that the entire destination of the country depends upon its intellectual class. If the intellectual class is honest and independent, it can be trusted to take the initiative and give a proper lead when a crisis arises. It is true that the intellect by itself is no virtue. It is only a means and the use of a means depends upon the ends which an intellectual person pursues. An intellectual man can be a good man but he may easily be a rogue. Similarly an intellectual class may be a band of high-souled persons, ready to help, ready to emancipate erring humanity or it may easily be a gang of crooks or a body of advocates of narrow clique from which it draws its support.(Dr.B.R.Ambedkar)
…there is always that motley of individuals in every society that determines things like the oil price or who should be the next president. As regards intellectuals, I have observed the politics of the day determines who of them has a voice. Anyone outside the ruling elite is regarded with suspicion and often are unable to influence policies.
My point is, often times intellectuals are caught napping like what happened with the recent financial crisis, making international best practices a mockery. Emerging markets keep on with the banter of nationalization thus exporting intellectuals to the first world. I mean, how many of president Hu’s people influence American research?
Economists and other positive people confer regularly at that Swiss ski resort, postulating about where the world economy is going, but they never follow through. Intellectuals get it right in cycles. The current crop gets credit for the former’s work and so on. Their ideas often get outdated if they overstay their welcome and hence revolutions.
Lastly I believe that intellectuals should be made to work for their societies. They should be milked for what their worth, for the benefit of society. They should be put on the hill from whence they would challenge society to go beyond the realms of credibility and transcend self imposed limitations.
Does it happen that way? You be the judge.
Originally posted by Moefi: of high-souled persons, ready to help, ready to emancipate erring humanity or it may easily be a you’re right
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Dr Ambedkar always thinked how the present system can be useful for poor and needy persons. His thinking was that intellectual can play a great role if they have no bias of caste, creed, religion etc. My attempt is only that intellectuals should think on socialist and humanist character of a nation. Social equality, freedom,justice, education should be for all
Dr Desh Raj Sirswal
The Positive Philosopher