Hindus Convert to Buddhism in India
- By Sam George
- Published 06/15/2007
Sam George is the Executive Director of PARIVAR International - a non-profit initiative to address the needs of youth and families of Asian Indian origin in North America and to the Asian Indian community worldwide. Parivar means family in many Indian languages. Sam George also serves as one of the founding directors of Urban India Ministries
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It happend on the 50th anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar’s conversion. The man who wrote the consitution of India and a well-known statesman of early Independant India forsook faith of his birth to become a Buddhist. In the history of modern India, this may be the largest mass conversion.
This is not a random occurence, but there has been steady rise in conversion to Buddhism in recent years and is believed to escape the rigid and oppressive Hindu caste system. The low caste masses want social and economic mobility and find the traditional Hindu order to be suffocating.
It may not have anything to do with real faith issues, but a social escapism. These mass movements also has many politcal reprecussions and many are closing watch this growing trend. Will this mass exodus spark other similar conversion rallies in other cities? All this is happening when there is ban on conversion in record number of states and forceful recoversion back to Hinduism.
Will India have religious freedom or curtail the personal and faith issues of its people? Are Hindus and nationalist threatened by these trends? Do all Indians have to be Hindus only? Are Christians (who have been supportive of Dalits) behind this conversion conspiracy? Or Will these low caste hindus who converted to Buddhims eventually convert to Christianity - a 2-step conversion?
Check DFN for more resources and what Christians are doing for Dalits in India.