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Dr Ambedkar Book Centre: Six years after demolition, the legacy continues at a makeshift stall in Dadar

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Updated on: 05 December,2022 02:24 PM IST  |  Mumbai
Sarasvati T | sarasvati.nagesh@mid-day.com

'Shelf Life' is a weekly series that explores the reading culture in Mumbai. In part one, Mid-day visits Dr Ambedkar Book Centre, once a magnet for students and book sellers in the city, which is now reduced to a make-do stall. After the centre was razed by miscreants, its lone showrunner Mangala Waman Kadam is continuing the struggle for revival

Dr Ambedkar Book Centre: Six years after demolition, the legacy continues at a makeshift stall in Dadar

Most of the books are neatly arranged on tables at the entry of the bhavan, while others remain packed in cartons stacked in old dusty cupboards. Image credit: Sarasvati T


“Ever since I became a book seller, my dream has been to build a centre where non-privileged children can come, study and further the legacy of Babasaheb, Shahu Maharaj and our leaders through their writings,” says Mangala Waman Kadam, who single-handedly manages the Dr Ambedkar Book Centre in Dadar. “What I have learnt and understood after coming here, I want it to reach to more people. This is why I don’t worry about profits or earnings through this book centre.”


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