Monday, 19 May 2008

Why Ambedkar joined Budhism

Joining a particular religion or a cult is not always a matter of faith and conviction. There are other factors too leading a person to join it based on convenience, customs and social conditions. Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar was a dalit fighting for their upliftment in social layers. Trying hard he failed to get any result on that count which ultimately caused him a total frustration. Left with no choice, he started looking for some platform where he could identically trace certain avenues to suit him and his movement. Lord Budha ancestral background was that of a Chhatriya clan but the mission he led was sumptuously rich in the princeple of equality. There was no difference or discrimination between a Bhikshu and Bhikshu and all were supposed to follow the princeples and norms springing out of Budhism. Ambedkar thus took necessary diksha from Budha monks to become a budhist. In a way, it was not a decision based on any convictionally coined clan, it was rather wholly a political move on his part to get rid of then highly dominant social fallacies.

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