1 million Dalits to embrace Buddhism
BANGALORE, Oct 23 (DHNS): All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations and Lord Buddha Club is leading one million Dalits into Buddhism at a mass conversion on November 4 at Ram Lila Grounds in New Delhi.
"We are resorting to this to find human dignity outside Hinduism, a religion which has humiliated Dalits over centuries," Mr Ram Raj, National Chairman of the Confederation said at a press conference here today. "It is a path of freedom and equality," he added.
Mr Ram expressed confidence that embracing Buddhism would change the outlook and mindset of Dalits. Unfortunately, nothing has changed for the 250 million Dalits in the fifty-years of independence. All the affirmative actions that Dr B R Ambedkar struggled to incorporate as state policy and national commitment have been disregarded, he complained.