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Why Dr. Ambedkar renounced Hinduism?

Dr. Ambedkar‘s role as a prominent constitution maker of India is quite well known. However, his views on religion, particularly his reasons for renouncing Hinduism, the religion of his birth, are not as widely known. Ambedkar who was born in an “untouchable” family carried on a relentless battle against untouchability throughout his adult life. In the last part of his life, he renounced Hinduism and became a Buddhist. What were his reasons for doing so?

A detailed answer to this question can be obtained by studying his The Buddha and His Dhamma, Annihilation of Caste, Philosophy of Hinduism, Riddles in Hinduism etc. Nonetheless, some of his articles, speeches and interviews before and after his conversion to Buddhism throw some light on this question.

Ambedkar’s statement in 1935 at Yeola Conference is quite instructive in this regard. Ambedkar believed that the untouchables occupied a “weak and lowly status” only because they were a part of the Hindu society. When attempts to gain equal status and “ordinary rights as human beings” within the Hindu society started failing, Ambedkar thought it was essential to embrace a religion which will give “equal status, equal rights and fair treatment” to untouchables. He clearly said to his supporters “select only that religion in which you will get equal status, equal opportunity and equal treatment…”

Evidently, after a comparative study of different religions, Ambedkar concluded that Buddhism was the best religion from this point of view.

In his article “Buddha and the Future of his Religion” published in 1950 in the Mahabodhi Society Journal, Ambedkar has summarized his views on religion and on Buddhism in the following manner:

1. The society must have either the sanction of law or the sanction of morality to hold it

together. Without either, the society is sure to go to pieces. 2. Religion, if it is to survive, it must be in consonance with reason, which is another name for science.

3. It is not enough for religion to consist of moral code, but its moral code must recognize the fundamental tenets of liberty, equality and fraternity.

4. Religion must not sanctify or make a virtue out of poverty.

According to Ambedkar, Buddhism fulfilled these requirements and so among the existing religions it was the only suitable religion for the world. He felt that the propagation of Buddhism needed a Bible. Apparently, Ambedkar wrote The Buddha and his Dhamma to fulfill this need.

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In the same article, Ambedkar has enumerated the evils of Hinduism in the following manner:

1. It has deprived moral life of freedom.

2. It has only emphasized conformity to commands.

3. The laws are unjust because they are not the same for one class as of another. Besides, the code is treated as final. Continue reading

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We did not go on to the stage, Neither were we called.

We did not go on to the stage,
Neither were we called.
We were shown our places,
told to sit.
But they, sitting on the stage,
went on telling us of our sorrows,
our sorrows remained ours, they never became theirs.

— Waharu Sonawane, A tribal poet.

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Fooling Dalits, BJP and PM

He killed innocent Muslims,
He named Dalits ‘retarded’,
He projected manual scavenging as ‘spiritual experience’,
He snooped on his friend’s daughter,
He wants to hand over broom to Dalits again, #SwachhBharat
He fooled India with #AccheDin
He reduced budget for Dalits by 50%,
His party demolished Siddhartha Vihar (birthplace of Dalit Panthers)
His party doesn’t care about belongings of Dr. Ambedkar in Nagpur,
His party is shutting down facilities for Dalit students in Maharashtra,
He labeled Muslims as puppies and,
His team labeled Dalits as Dogs,
He supported #GharWapsi, killings,
He kept mum on innocents being lynched, church burning,
During his tenure, crime on Dalits increased,
He takes directions from terrorist organisations such as RSS,
He entered our kitchen and denied us our food,
He generated communal hatred, destroyed India.
what hurts the most is educated Dalits thanking him, posting his photos on facebook for inaugurating Dr. Ambedkar’s house in London as if all his sins were washed away by inaugurating Dr. Ambedkar’s house in London.
Maybe you can forget and forgive but I will never.
Justice at last!


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देश का दुर्भाग्य

जो भीख मांगकर खाए,
वह सबसे ऊँची जाति है। ( ब्राह्मण )
जो छीन कर खाये,
वह दूसरे नंबर की जाति है।( क्षत्रिय )
जो हेराफेरी करके खाये,
वह तीसरे नंबर की जाति है।( वैश्य )
जो मेहनत करके,उत्पादन करके खाये
वह सबसे नीच जाति है। ( शुद्र )
जितनी मेहनत कड़ी होती जायेगी,उतनी ही जाति नीची होती चली जायेगी.

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Caste Based Discrimination in the UK – BBC Documentary

Check also –

Hindu Groups in United Kingdom spreading/supporting Caste Discrimination

Caste Abroad: Bringing Casteism to UK and USA


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Caste Discrimination in Punjab

Total Dalit population in Punjab – 32%.
Total cultivable land with the panchayats across the state -168910 acres.
Land reserved for Dalits 56303 acres, i.e. around 33%
In reality, less than 4300 acres is given to Dalits in Punjab, i.e. around 2.54% only.
Govt. deliberately keeps the auction price high so that Dalits don’t bid for it and if Dalits join hands and decide to put up a fight, they do face social boycott.

Scheduled Castes workforce in the state during the SAD-BJP rule has decreased by 7,572 employees from 2007 to 2013. As per a government report, in 2007, the strength of SC employees in government departments was 73,557; in 2008 it increased marginally to 74,333. Since then, the graph is on the decline — 69,686 (2009), 71,539 (2010), 66,834 (2011) and 65,985 (2012, till March 31, 2013).

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It must also be remembered here that BJP and Akali Dal are ruling together in Punjab from last 10 years and in that period Punjab has drowned into drugs and alcohol. BTW, when RSS, VHP & BJP people have hijacked Punjab Govt. what else we can expect other than molestation, rapes & violence in Punjab? From TV channels to transport, in Punjab everything is under control of these people. Further, few years back Mr. Badal was busy installing cow memorials & cow commission. As if Holy cow is his mother and as if Sikhism worship cow! Badal is RSS agent. SIkhism was once one of the best religions in the world but people like Badal & Co have ruined it and they have polluted it to the extent that caste discrimination can be observed openly now. Lastly, Harsimrat Kaur Badal is a sister of drug king-pin – Majithia.


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For those who are celebrating Diwali

आओ मिलकर दीवाली मनाए
फिर से शुद्र, अछुत बन जाए
फिर से भंगी चमार हो जाए
फिर से जानवर से बदतर हो जाए
आओ फिर से दीवाला निकलवाए
पैसो मे फिर आग लगाए
आओ मिलकर दीवाली मनाए
पैसे हमारे घरो मे है नही
फिर भी लक्ष्मी की पूजा करवाए
भूल गये हम मांं बाप को
भूखे प्यासे या ज़िंदे भी है
देवताओ को हम भोग लगाए
आओ मिलकर दीवाली मनाए
अधिकार दिए बाबा साहेब ने
सम्मान दिलाया बाबा साहेब ने
शिक्षा दिलवाई बाबा साहेब ने
ज़िंदगी दी बाबा साहेब ने
पर इस सब से हमे क्या मतलब
हम तो इंसान नही जानवर है
आओ बाबा साहेब को भूल जाए
आओ मिलकर दीवाली मनाए.

दीवाली ख्तम हो गया, चलो अब सब दलित झाड़ू उठा लो. तुम तब तक ही हिंदू हो जब तक ब्राह्मण खुश रहे. दीवाली हो गयी, तुम ने दान दे दिया, चलो अब झाड़ू उठा लो.

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