Saturday, October 16, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Chettipulam Dalits to embrace Buddhism

Chettipulam Dalits to embrace Buddhism

Staff Reporter

In a bid to break free from the fetters of caste-sanctified
disabilities, the Dalits of Chettipulam here will embrace Buddhism on
December 6. The decision was taken here on Thursday. It was on October
14, 1956 that B.R. Ambedkar embraced Buddhism. The same day, last
year, Chettipulam in Vedaranyam was fraught with caste violence, when
Dalits attempted to enter the Ekambareshwarar temple. On the reasons
for the decision, Birla Thangadurai of the Republican Party of India
(Gawai), told The Hindu, "We are unable to contest the constant
assault on our rights and dignity… We will mobilise 2,000 people from
Vedaranyam and embrace Buddhism on December 6, the death anniversary
of Ambedkar."


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