Wednesday, November 09, 2005
The Tao of Ambedkarite Buddhism-2
The followers of Dr. Ambedkar have made him and Buddha into Gods and worship them more or less like the Hindus, albeit using a slightly different prayer. So the casual observer may think that there is little tranformative value in Ambedkarite Buddhism and that little has changed among dalits who practice it. But this is not true. The social manifestation of Ambedkarite Buddhism is more due to the low education of its practitioners and due to the hold of hindu doctrines, beliefs and practices on them. As education rises among the dalits, educated dalits are discovering the revolutionary value of Ambedkarite buddhism and manifesting it in their own lives and leading the way in changing the social life of the followers of Ambedkarite Buddhism and significantly impacting the surrounding social reality.