Friday, May 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 2,000 Dalits to Turn Buddhists on Buddha's Birth Anniversary

Friday, May 20, 2011 9:43:46 AM (IST)
Udupi: 2,000 Dalits to Turn Buddhists on Buddha's Birth Anniversary

Udupi: 2,000 Dalits to Turn Buddhists on Buddha's Birth Anniversary

Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SP)

Udupi, May 20: Sundar Master, state committee member of Karnataka
Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkar), claimed at a press conference held
here on Thursday May 19 that over 2,000 dalits from Udupi and
neighbouring districts will accept Buddhism as their religion on May
24. He said that this mass exodus from Hinduism will take place at a
convention of Buddhists being organized at Narayana Guru Auditorium at
Bannanje here on the said date, under the joint aegis of Karnataka
Bouddha Mahasabha, Dakshina Kannada district unit of the Mahasabha,
Abidhamma Trust Bangalore, and Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkar).

Explaining further, Master said Buddhism offers solutions and ways and
means to escape from the multifarious problems the people now are
facing. "Buddhism is gaining in popularity in the whole world because
of its simple principles and thoughtful ideas. The dalits are
frustrated over their protracted exploitation by the upper castes,
untouchability, and such other practices prevalent in Hinduism.
Therefore, they have decided to migrate to Buddhism," he explained.

Buddhist Bhikkus (monks), Manorrakita Banteji, Bodhisatva Banteji,
Shriddhananda Banteji, well-known rationalist, K S Bhagawan Mysore,
former union minister and MLA, Srinivas Prasad, and several other
scholars and stalwarts will be participating in the convention. Prof
Krishnappa Trust Bangalore president, Indira Krishnappa, renowned
painter, K T Shivaprasad, Abidhamma Trust president, Nandakumar,
professor of archaeology in Shirva College, Prof T Murugeshi, All
India Dalit Sahitya Academy president, Anantapadmanabh Bhat, and a
number of other dignitaries will also participate in the
deliberations, he disclosed.

Master added that a procession that will leave from district Ambedkar
Bhavan at Adi Udupi at 10 am that day, will reach the venue of the
convention, before the proceedings there are initiated. The first
programme in the agenda will be the initiation of 2,000 dalits into
Buddhism, after which, sessions and deliberations will commence, he

Dalit Sangharsh Samiti office bearers, Hoovappa Master Karkala,
Shyamaraj Birti, Shambhu Suvarna, Parameshwar Uppoor, Sundar
Gujjarabettu and Sudhakar Gujjarabettu were present at the press


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