Einstein welcomed the Constituent Assembly’s decision to abolish untouchability !

To the Indian prime minister (1947–1964).

Letter of June 13, 1947. (Einstein Archives 32–725)

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May I tell you of the deep emotion with which I read recently that the Indian Constituent Assembly has abolished untouchability? I know how large a part you have played in the various phases of India’s struggle for emancipation, and how grateful lovers of freedom must be to you, as well as to your great teacher Mahatma Gandhi.

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New Delhi
11 July 1947

To Einstein

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einstinI appreciate very much what you say about the recent decision of India’s Constituent Assembly to abolish untouchability.(1) This indeed has been our policy for many years past and it is a matter of deep satisfaction to us that what we have been trying to do in many ways will soon have the sanction of law, as embodied in the constitution, behind it. You say very rightly that the degradation of any group of human beings is a degradation of the civilisation that has produced it. Ever since Mahatma Gandhi began to play a role in Indian politics and social affairs, he has laid the greatest stress on the complete liquidation of untouchability and all that goes with it. He made it part of our freedom struggle and emphasised that it was folly to talk of political freedom when social freedom was denied or restricted for a large number of persons………

JN

1 The Constituent Assembly of India declared unlawful the practice of untouchability on 29 April 1947.

SWJN II Vol 3 Page 419

The Constituent Assembly of India || Tuesday, the 29th April, 1947

JUSTICIABLE. FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS >> Rights of Equality >> 6. “Untouchability” in any form is abolished and the imposition of any disability on that account shall be an offence.

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Message to the Members of the Interim Government (1946)

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