Mohammed went a step further. On 14 October 1956, Dr BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, took a life-altering decision. Would Ambedkar, Tagore and Buddha have been declared anti-national today? On that day, Bhim Rao Ambedkar, by all accounts the He found Buddhism spiritually satisfying as it preached love and compassion for all (karuna). Such an expectation would be an utter futility. “So long as we remain in a religion, … Christophe Jaffrelot. Ambedkar agonised that Buddhism had not only ‘ceased to live in India but even the name of Buddha has gone out of memory of most Hindus’. In this Sangh all are equal. In 1937, Lokanatha published a pamphlet “Buddhism Ambedkar and Buddhism by Sangharakshita. On the morning of 14 Octobe 1956,at a mass rally in the Indian town of Nagpur, rour hundred men and women turned their backs on a millennium of degradation and slavery. These Identities become political in the modern discourse & the role of colonization in making every micro to macro identity political can & should not be overlooked. Never he lived luxurious life , he himself said that everyone is equal , he said ” God hates those who thinks that he’s superior than other person ” . Dr B. R. Ambedkar, chairperson of the drafting committee of the Indian constitution after presenting the constitution to the first president Dr Rajendra Prasad. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Ambedkar's new sect of Buddhism rejected these ideas and re-interpreted the Buddha's religion in terms of class struggle and social equality. First of all, the concept of Hinduism baffles me so much. Or Call us on- 9354229384, 9354252518, 9999830584. In the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, he told Ananda that his followers should not accept his teaching as correct and binding merely because they emanated from Him. Comparing Buddhism with Hinduism, Ambedkar writes, “Hinduism is a religion which is not founded on morality. According to Hinduism neither a Shudra nor a woman could become a teacher of religion nor could they take Sannyasa and reach God. (He called it the Republican Party of India by reference, at the same time, to Lincoln’s American Republican Party and to the Republics of the Buddhist era in India). Malaysia tries to find middle ground, This is why Dalit women are singing Tathagata Buddha songs in UP, Yale study finds why large mammals like elephants, tigers still exist in India, Google’s firing of data scientist shows it can’t stop being ‘evil’, CDS Bipin Rawat told Gorakhpur students to rediscover culture but forgot military tradition. Nothing emphasises this more than the calling given in Vedas, that is –, ” UTTISHTHAT JAGRIT PRAPYABARAN NIBODHAT”. He considered that “Religion is absolutely essential for the development of mankind” and diverged from the Marxists’ atheism in that respect. It is imbedded in religion. Ambedkar combined fearless and trenchant criticism of religion with a deep sympathy and understanding of it. What happened in Rome is sure to happen in India. How can two human beings ever claim to be equal in their bearing and traits even when their finger prints are not the same or equal in any sense except that they may have equal number of fingers in their hands or equal number of eyes, ears, nose, tongue or hands and feet. Buddha was not prepared to give up his opposition to the doctrine of Chaturvarna. Dr Ambedkar and the Revival of Buddhism: Part 9 (The Complete Works, Band 1) | Sangharakshita | ISBN: 9781909314825 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. A PhD and yet so ignorant. In place of God there is morality. His book, The Buddha and His Dhamma is the holy book of Navayana or Dalit Buddhists. A Hindu sees Lord Buddha as yet another incarnation….and I have seen hundreds of Hindus praying before a statue/ picture of the Buddha wherever they come across. First time tell about Love , Compassion, Equality, Peace by only Buddha…..and spread this ideas , principles by Ashoka and Budhhist monks all over the world …..by written way or by many other ways ……Jesus has been already told that he learn from Buddhist monk……..and M. Paigamber found Buddhist principle written metal sheet ……..and both they spread this ideas principles by their own way and telling as God messenger ……..this is Bitter truth …. That is the reason why Brahmanism has so much more hatred and antagonism against Buddhism than it has against Jainism.”. Christians tried to erase Greek knowledge and science when they became dominant in Europe. It will be a crude miniaturization of one of South Asia’s most original thinker, radical leader and activist to be understood only as a Dalit leader.Ambedkar believed that there was no place… About the Book The main theme of this book Buddhism and Ambedkar is to prove that Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Such an “invention of the tradition” (to use the words of Eric Hobsbawm) shows that even in his interpretation of the historical impact of Buddhism over India, Dr. Ambedkar remains deeply interested in political ideas. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. I am a Hindu and praying Budda, because of his teaching of morality is God and I live accordingly. Ambedkar compares the four religious teachers to find another distinction between Buddha and the rest. The present work cannot be considered as remedying these deficiencies, but only as taking a small step in that direction. But he converted to Buddhism only in 1956. Since the work is of a popular rather than a scholarly nature Sanskrit and Pali words have in most cases not been given their diacritical marks and there has been no attempt to secure uniformity in the spelling of these words as between my own text and the various quotations from Ambedkar’s writings. But it is not. Dr. Ambedkar was deeply inspired by the Buddhist philosophy, which is well reflected in his works and life. After publishing a series of books and articles arguing that Buddhism was the only way for the Untouchables to gain equality, Ambedkar publicly converted to Buddhism on October 14, 1956 at Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur. The civilisation existing across Indus river valley came to be called India and later the inhabitants of these areas were given the name Indians or Indies or Indus which further got distorted to the word Hindus and finally the way of life practised by these people came to be known as Hinduism. Arise from the deep sleep of ignorance, get enlightened or attain enlightenment from whom who knows (deserving knower of the Vedas). Buddhist, and explained what Buddhism meant to him. After many decades of bitter struggle against caste system and Hindu orthodoxy, Dr. B.R Ambedkar (1891-1956) converted to Buddhism shortly before his death. Posts about Buddhism written by Pardeep. 106 quotes from B.R. The Neo-Buddhist movement started by Ambedkar not only had enormous socio-political significance but it was a … It does not. Considering that the “religion of the Buddha gives freedom of thought and freedom of self-development to all”, Ambedkar argues that “the rise of Buddhism in India was as significant as the French Revolution” – a political even in the first place. They become one and the same. His book the Essence of Buddhism became an instant hit and it was translated in Japanese as well. In other words, the closeness was not only intellectually but also emotional. One is reminded of the overthrow of Paganism by Christianity in the Roman Empire. But he further insisted that he was the last messenger. Ambedkar (1891-1956), was essentially a religious man; he lived his life in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha, and had those qualities and virtues which are necessary for the career of a Bodhisattva. Members of the Valmiki community in Karera village said that they converted to Buddhism in the presence of Rajratan Ambedkar, great-grandnephew of Dr B R Ambedkar, on October 14. However, he found variants of humanism in the Indian civilization, through Buddhism. People like Galileo were executed in Europe , while Aryabhatta and Brahmagupta both discovered things contrary to Hindu scriptures of that time. The second part deals with Ambedkar’s both explicit and implicit deliberations for selecting the right noble faith, that is, Buddhism whose foundation was egalitarianism, based on equality and compassion. For e.g. The concept of Equality deserves deeper understanding and investigation. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism as a last resort since he believed that … Dhamma work in India needs financial help to support Indian Order Members to teach the growing numbers of people who are renouncing violence and inequality and embracing Buddhism. Ambedkar's conversion to Buddhism came in view of a total rejection of the bias against lower castes in Hinduism. Dr. Ambedkar didn’t just adopted buddhism just because it’s a good religion, yes, it is far better than Hinduism but still it has many drawbacks, because philosophy is always nonsense in some part of buddhism, he adopted this religion because it was a perfect way to get rid of caste or varna system of Hinduism that’s totally sucks on 2018 or before. In his article ‘Buddha or Karl Marx’, he drew a parallel contrast between the two. His interpretation that Hinduism is more conservative than others is false, as Muslims and Christians also take Quran and Bible to be work of God. Although these rules of Parliamentary Procedure were applied by the Buddha to the meetings of the Sanghas, he must have borrowed them from the rules of the Political Assemblies functioning in the country in his time. Also read: Would Ambedkar, Tagore and Buddha have been declared anti-national today? And to add Brahminism to the concept of Hinduism appears to be height of absolute nonsense? Ambedkar contests even the style of Gita (dialogues) was copied from Buddhist Sutta. Dr. Ambedkar was a religious person in some ways. Ambedkar’s Buddhism as the critique of Hinduism that precedes and suffuses this Buddhism. 1951-1956 Devoted his energies to studying Buddhism and exploring the idea of the conversion of Untouchables. What God is to other religions, morality is to Buddhism.” Ambedkar then differentiates between ‘Dharma’ (Hinduism) and ‘Dhamma’ (Buddhism). A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains, is a slave, not a free man. 1956 On 14 October, Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with 380,000 of his followers in Nagpur. The essence again in all these is Hinduism. Paperback, 9780904766288, 0904766284 The Hindu masses when they are enlightened are sure to turn to Buddhism.”. Like Jesus he also claimed that he was the messenger of God. The Buddha made a clear distinction between a Margadata and a Mokshadata. Ambedkar Buddhism, or Navayana (“new vehicle”) Buddhism, began on 14 October 1956 in Nagpur, India, when nearly 400,000 Dalits, formerly known as Untouchables, converted from Hinduism. The Non-Buddhist, (generally) non-Maharashtrian followers of Dr Ambedkar are also aware of Dr Ambedkar’s thoughts on Buddha and Buddhism but struggle to philosophically associate themselves with it. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Yagans, Yagas and sacrifices to Gods. Ambedkar had declared his decision to renounce Hinduism in 1936, in his ‘Annihilation of Caste’ speech. This is evident from a tangible fact: on 13 October 1956, the day before he converted to Buddhism in a grand ceremony in Nagpur, he addressed a press conference in which he announced that he had drafted the constitution of his new party, the Republican Party of India. “The Vedic mea… His intellectual affinities with the Western developed during his stays in the United States and in England. If Hinduism & Buddhism were so distinct why then the Historians like Romila Thapar keep mentioning about lack of these identities & fuzzy identities in ancient India ? This biography is by the British-born Buddhist monk Urgyen Sangharakshita who knew Ambedkar and spent decades working with the Dalit community as the Untouchables became known. The Buddhist Sangh is like an ocean. In the following pages I have given a brief account of Ambedkar’s career, described why and how he became a Buddhist, and explained what Buddhism meant to him. The moment Brahmin woman delivers a child, her eyes are focussed towards a post of High Court Judge where it is lying vacant. Ambedkar has answered this in an essay titled ‘Buddha and Future of His Religion’, which was published in 1950 in the monthly magazine of Kolkata’s Mahabodhi Society. I dont know why this author has not published Ambedkars strong view on Islam..Oh I forgot this is Print as biased as Wire.Caravan etc of Presstitute fame, Actually you upper caste manuvadis cannot digest these facts so when somebody questions your brahmanical version of Hinduism you people seems to get your asses burn. What improvement can take place from this? Jesus, Mahommed and Krishna claimed for themselves the Mokshadata. They had rules regarding seating arrangements, rules regarding Motions, Resolutions, Quorum, Whip, Counting of Votes, Voting by Ballot, Censure Motion, Regularization, Res Judicata, etc. The four are Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed and Krishna. Do your homework. Click here for the lowest price! conversion to Buddhism which he inaugurated. Former Union Minister and Congress leader M. Mallikarjun Kharge has said that Dr. B.R. Led by Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (b. Even history proves that Hindus were less conservative. In the Buddhist religion 75% Bhikkhus were Brahmins. Between 1919 and 1949-50 he tried to instill in the Indian society a more fraternal sense of human relations by making assemblies places of endosmosis, by arguing in favour of a new unity between the majority and the minorities within the Constituent assembly itself. He never claimed any supernatural origin or supernatural powers nor did he perform miracles to prove his supernatural powers. Ambedkar, in his historic speech in Nagpur on October 15, 1956, a day after he had embraced Buddhism, said, “The movement to leave the Hindu … For example further, a cobbler (Shudra) who made shoes for the masses can never be declared untouchable if a brahmin, or Kshatriya or Vaishya wears the shoes made by that cobblers hands , because every time they wore those shoes they became impure if a Shudra is to be considered impure and untouchable, etc. Hence the last resort device that conversion to Buddhism, a democratic religion, became in his eyes by the mid-1950s. But his vision of religion was overdetermined by social considerations. The author is a PhD in Hindi and currently works as Hindi Editor of Forward Press. But the Lord Buddha said, « O Bhikkhus, you have come from different countries and castes ». Vedic philosophy emphasises mainly on eradication of ignorance and motivates or advises principly towards attaining true knowledge to meet the supreme objective of every human being as he may decide for himself after knowing the truth of life or existence. You have entered an incorrect email address! This video was uploaded by Anthony "Amp" Elmore who is President and Founder of the Proud Black Buddhist World Association. Ambedkar on Buddhism 14 October 1956 holds a special significance for the Dalit community in India. As the conversion movement spread well in the past in Maharashtra, generally Maharashtrian Buddhist followers of Dr Ambedkar are more open to embrace Dr Ambedkar’s idea of Buddha and Buddhism. Hinduism made Buddha as one of it’s own and regards him as a reformists. “Buddha wanted his religion to remain evergreen and serviceable at all times. – However, till date I have not come across any standard scripture or authentic set of rules defining Hinduism. Buddha on the other hand admitted Shudras to the Bhikkhu Sangha He also admitted women to become Bhikkhunis.”, Ambedkar says that as result of Buddha’s attack on the gospel of inequality, “Hinduism had to make many changes in its doctrines. On Thursday, an FIR was filed at Sahibabad police station after a complaint was received from a 22-year-old “social worker”, Montu Chandel. On the contrary, when our sweeper ‘woman delivers a child, her eyes are focussed on a post of sweeper where it is lying vacant. Hinduism was a state-craft system that tried to maintain relationship among various communities {as it emerged out of tribalistic small kingdoms, note the tribes in major old Hindu Texts instead of large empires} instead of trying to reform them whereas Buddhism was a form of local religious community exercise which was mostly focused on reforms but with their focus on reforms about regions beliefs & practices this led to mixed Hindu Buddhist beliefs with local beliefs & practices which led to formation of beliefs like Mahayana & other Tantra based practices & beliefs which are common to both religions. Could Mr Ambedkar have ever claimed that every person of his own cast is equal in wisdom, education and understanding to his own self? Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, on 31st May, 1936, in his address to a public meeting at Dadar (Bombay) on the subject of “why go for conversion?” said, “I should like to impress this thing on your minds very clearly that religion is for man and not man for religion. Famous sage Sootji – being borne in a Shudra family himself, imparted knowledge and wisdom to a large number of Rishis and Munis as described in famous Puranas such as Shri Madbhagvat Maha Puran. Lastly what about Hindu texts that mandated equality even before Buddhists & what about Buddhist monasteries {Nikayas in SL} which have practices & hierarchy similar to Hinduism ? It relies on a reading of the self as a multiple creature that exceeds the constructions of liberal autonomy. Vedic philosophy never anywhere, preaches conversions unlike Muslims and Christians. He knew that even the most violent iconoclast will not be able to destroy the core of His religion.”, Comparing Buddhism with Hinduism, Ambedkar writes, “Hinduism is a religion which is not founded on morality. In philosophical sense, Budhist philosophy is a part of Hindu philosophy. He was born as a son of man and was content to remain a common man and preached his gospel as a common man. 1891–d. To no avail: fraternity never resulted from these political arrangements. A Nation devises its own laws and rules to be followed by the citizens of various religions of that Nation to meet certain objectives. One can safely say that there is not a Hindu text, whether vedic or agamic, that he has not mastered. One whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. I’m a dalit…. This is the problem with hinduism it’s so much to get start with. On October 14, 1956, B R Ambedkar along with 3,65,000 of his Dalit followers made history when they decided to leave the folds of Hinduism and embrace Buddhism. The best of journalism is shrinking, yielding to crude prime-time spectacle. 1891–d. (…) He gave the highest place to fraternity as the only real safeguard against the denial of liberty or equality or fraternity which was another name for brotherhood or humanity, which was again another name for religion. The Buddha was satisfied with playing the role of a Margadata.”, Also read: Can you be a true democracy & let go of caste, Ambedkar asked Indians. The Dharma  as enunciated by the Brahmins meant nothing more than the performances of certain karmas or observances, i.e. Ambedkar: 'I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved. Can those laws, rules and regulation be called a religion? If it were not for Navayana Buddhism, the predicament would have been worse. Credit: columbia.edu. Dr Ambedkar’s confidence and understanding about how Buddhism can change the world is needed now more than ever. Ambedkar and Buddhism | Bikshu Sangharakshita | ISBN: 9788120829459 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. On the other hand, Buddha stood for equality. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism gave new impetus to the Dalit movement in India, allowing the group to find a voice free from the shakles of the four-fold varna system in Hinduism. R Ambedkar's reinterpretation of Buddhism gives us an account of action that is based on democratic politics of contest and resistance. Moreover, it was in affirmation with principles of liberty, equality and fraternity that guided him throughout his life. They were afraid of permitting repair, because the liberty to repair may be used to demolish the structure they had reared. Morality is a separate force which is sustained by social necessities and not by injunction of Hindu religion. Ambedkar Buddhism, or Navayana (“new vehicle”) Buddhism, began on 14 October 1956 in Nagpur, India, when nearly 400,000 Dalits, formerly known as Untouchables, converted from Hinduism. jai bhim namo buddhay Ambedkar, who belonged to the Mahar caste which was considered untouchable in Hinduism, converted to Buddhism after studying the religion for … There are several myths or misconceptions associated with his choice. It was published posthumously without citations, bibliographies and other scholarly apparatus. He asks what mental and moral relief does a religion bring to the suppressed and the downtrodden? It will become active once these mighty millions have become conscious of their degradation and know that it is largely due to the social philosophy of the Hindu religion. The Varna-System of Hindu religion is responsible for such a strange social structure. Ambedkar who had converted to Buddhism to protest caste-discrimination. “The Vedic meaning of the word ”Dharma” did not connote morality in any sense of the word. Untouchability appears to be impossible in Chaturvarna philosophy when investigated minutely. We are yet to reply, There are 2.9 million atheists in India and it’s been around in Asia for centuries. In an All-India Radio broadcast speech on 3 October 1954 he declared: … Ambedkar, who belonged to the Mahar caste which was considered untouchable in Hinduism, converted to Buddhism after studying the religion for … Also highlights how his framework on knowledge had shades of colonial veneer. In that sense, Buddhism is a democratic religion and Ambedkar, eventually found in this religion the societal values he had tried to promote via political democracy. Rivers flow separately when they flow in their provinces, but they lose their identity when they meet the sea. In the 1930s, Ambedkar proclaimed that though he was born a Hindu, he would not die a Hindu; and on 14th October 1956, with 400,000 followers, he converted to Buddhism in a mass meeting in Nagpur. But Buddha, he wrote, “never arrogated to himself any such status. Posts about Buddhism written by Pardeep. Krishna went a step beyond both Jesus and Mohammed. On 14 October 1956, Dr BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution, took a life-altering decision. It is true that in Buddhism there is no God. Whether you live in India or overseas, you can do it here. An excerpt from Dr. Ambedkar and Democracy about Ambedkar's analysis of the affinities of Buddhism with democracy that led to his conversion. ThePrint has the finest young reporters, columnists and editors working for it. He not only preached against it, fought against it, but did everything to uproot it. Why Ambedkar chose Buddhism over Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Can you be a true democracy & let go of caste, Ambedkar asked Indians. Thanks to Arab and India knowledge of Greeks was preserved. 1948 Married Savita (nee Sharda Kabir)– a Brahmin doctor.. 1951-1956 Devoted his energies to studying Buddhism and exploring the idea of the conversion of Untouchables.. 1951 Started to write The Buddha and his Dhamma which was published posthumously in 1957.. 1956 On 14 October, Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with 380,000 of his followers in Nagpur. He was not even satisfied with calling himself a God. That is why he gave liberty to his followers to chip and chop as the necessities of the case required. Ltd. All rights reserved. His quest for a morally sound religion that looked at the welfare of every human being took him to Buddhism. Do Hindus expect these Backward Classes and the Scheduled Castes to live under Hinduism which gives them no promise of mental and moral relief? The oldest bhikkhu then in India, Mahasthavira Chandramani of Burma, came to Nagpur for the conversion ceremony, and initiated Ambedkar into Buddhism. Ambedkar called his version of Buddhism Navayana or Neo-Buddhism. Ambedkar saw deep affinities between Buddhism and the French Revolution. AMBEDKAR AND BUDDHISM Bonus Recording: Annihilation of Caste by Urgyen Sangharakshita • Bonus Recording: Annihilation of Caste By Dr B. R. Ambedkar Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was one of the most remarkable figures in the 20th century. 1956 Died 6 December, aged 64. Today it appears to be extinct. It is symptomatic of this greater responsibility that Ambedkar converts not only as an abstract individual, nor even as an individual Dalit, but also as a Dalit leader (or, in his early formulations, a Mahar leader), as one whose actions form a collective Dalit or Mahar identity. Later in an interview to the Press, Lokanatha said that Ambedkar was impressed with Buddhism and that his own ambition was to convert all Dalits to Buddhism. Ambedkar, as mentioned in his declaration, departed to a large extent from the earlier sects of Buddhism. He says that both Jesus and Mohammed claimed that what they taught was the word of God and (thus) was beyond question. Excerpted, with permission, from Dr Ambedkar and Democracy edited by Christophe Jaffrelot and Narender Kumar. By remaining in the Hindu religion nobody can prosper in any way. It presents his reflections on the life of the Buddha, his teachings, and the spread of Buddhism by interweaving anecdotes with detailed analyses of the religion's basic tenets. Krishna says ‘Give up all religions and surrender unto me’. The western idiots have imposed the word Hinduism on the ignorant minds. Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram, Why news media is in crisis & How you can fix it. “All throughout the Bible, Jesus insist(s) that he is the Son of God and that those who wish to enter the kingdom of God will fail, if they do not recognise him as the Son of God. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution, ‘untouchable’ by caste in Hindu sect., splendidly emancipated atishudras from the shackles of Hinduism and managed to convert into Buddhism with 500,000 followers on 14th Oct 1956. The basic problem of Hindu society has been its societal organisation wherein so called lower castes remained discriminated against for ever. You can never take Buddhism out of Hinduism or Hinduism out of Buddhism. Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution, ‘untouchable’ by caste in Hindu sect., splendidly emancipated atishudras from the shackles of Hinduism and managed to convert into Buddhism with 500,000 followers on Does it mean we can distort this ism to bring terms such as Shudraism or Vashyaism or Kshatriaism to existence in Chaturvarna philosophy due our own whims and fancies? Copyright © 2020 Printline Media Pvt. My philosophy has roots in religion and not in political science. 25% were the Shudras and others. He refused to be satisfied with merely being the Son of the God or being the messenger of God; he was not content even with being the last messenger of God. I won’t se any deficiency when muhmmad said that we was the messenger of god. Those set of Laws, Rules and Regulations, may even be called a way of life for the citizens of that Nation. If the teaching of the Buddha was democratic, then democracy is not an invention of the West – as the manner in which Dr. Ambedkar drew his inspiration from so many European and American scholars and leaders suggested -, but it’s a product of the Indian history. It deals with Ambedkar's conceptualization of Buddhism and the possibilities it offered for liberation and upliftment of the Dalits. What about Buddhism over Islam or Christian? Certainly, he has read most of the European and American political philosophers of democracy and drew most of his inspiration from outside for drafting the Indian Constitution. If so, then perhapse Sunnism and Shiaism in Muslims – and Catholicism and Protestism in Christianity will also require same identity and recognition. No doubt, certain vested interests following Chaturvarna philosophy misinterpreted it and brought in distortions such as untouchability into it. So in the beginning, Ambedkarian Buddhism was propagated by his Republican Party. Vedic Philosophy describes different ways of life that may be practised by individuals to meet the objectives as preferred by that or those individuals or a community. What God is to other religions, morality is to Buddhism.”, Ambedkar then differentiates between ‘Dharma’ (Hinduism) and ‘Dhamma’ (Buddhism). This present edition is scrupulously annotated, with inclusions of references to the Buddhist scripture and other texts which have served as references for Ambedkar. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism on 14 October 1956 at Deekshabhoomi, Nagpur after years of contemplating and studying various religions of the world rigorously. And Ambedkar’s critical view on Islam? But what about the others? Besides, Bhagwat Gita was written down by Ganesha and Vyasa after hearing it from Krishna and it was passed down for 5000 years, interpolations are always possible so no reason to consider these scriptures infalliable. 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