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Ambedkar’s death anniversary in Chennai; 50 Dalit families become Buddhists

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Around 50 Dalit families embraced Buddhism on the eve of Dr.Ambedkar’s death anniversary at his memorial in Chennai on Thursday. The event was organized organised by the Nila Dhamma Kuzhu.

During the event, Dalit families took the 22-point oath, as prescribed by Dr. Ambedkar, before embracing Buddhism.

Referring to the event, Dalit intellectual and writer, Stalin Rajangam, said that the renewed interest in Buddhism among the educated, Dalit middle class is due to the fact that it provides a progressive identity, which, he stated, was not possible within Hinduism. When Dalits face a social problem, they are unable to do either of that within the Hindu fold.

Buddhism provides that progressive platform and allows the community to shed their caste identity. They are now able to say: I too have a great history but it is not informed by caste like yours. Rather, it is anti-caste.”

 

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