BOMBAY TALKS AND DEPRESSED CLASSES
MADRAS, Sept. 22-“If the interests of the Depressed Classes were neglected I would certainly fight for them,” said Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Labour Member, Government of India, who arrived in the city yesterday, when asked by an “Indian Express” representative about his views on the Gandhi-Jinnah talks.
Dr. Ambedkar added that the attitude he would take depended upon the outcome of the talks. He, however, felt that representatives of the various nationalities should have been invited to attend the talks.
As for Pakistan, though he was the author of a book on Pakistan, he did not know what it was Mr. Jinnah wanted.
Asked whether he wanted a separate state for the Depressed Classes, the Labour Member said that whatever might be the form of Government, Depressed Classes, as a separate nation, should be given full share of power.
On arrival at the Central Station by the Bombay Express, Dr. Ambedkar, was received by Mr. V. Ramakrishna, I.C.S., Chairman, National Service Tribunal, Rao Bahadur N. Suvaraj, M.L.A. (Central), Mrs. N. Sivaraj, and others. He was profusely garlanded by representatives of Adi Dravida Workers’ Association, Adi-Dravida Youths’ Association, Depressed Classes Service Army, and other Depressed Classes organisations.
Later, Kumararajah Sir M. A. Muthia Chettolar of Chettinad met Dr. Ambedkar, who is staying in his saloon.
The Labour Member will make a tour of the Andhra Desa from Sept. 26 to 30.