Hundreds of Dalits Embrace Buddhism in Mysuru

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Dalit activists, progressive thinkers, and heads of religious mutts taking out a padayatra at Gundlupet in Chamarajanagar (Photo- The Hindu)

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MYSURU – Hundreds of Dalits took out a rally against attack on youth from the community and embraced Buddhism stating that “there is no love, compassion and equality in Hinduism”.

They took a pledge to join Buddhism as Buddhist monks Gjana Sheela and Bodiraksha read out Panchshil of Buddha, considered to be basic code of ethics to be a follower and practitioner of Buddha.

Progressive activists and Dalits turned up in large numbers at Gundlupet town in Chamarajanagar district on Tuesday to condemn the incident of a Dalit youth being thrashed, stripped and paraded naked.

Hundreds of protesters reached the town in a ‘padayatra’ from Sri Shaneshwaraswamy Temple, about 3 km from the town where the incident occurred, to the venue of the meeting near the old bus-stand.

The crowd stood to exhibit unity and repeated Panchashil to continue on the path of enlightenment. While Bodiraksha prescribed 22 vows of Ambedkar to the gathering with a belief that it would liberate the converts from superstitions and wasteful and meaningful rituals.

 

The crowd pledged that they firmly believe in the dharma of Buddha. They said they “don’t want to remain Hindus where there is no equality, mutual trust and respect”. Activists of various progressive organisations congregated at Kebbekatte Shanimahathma temple in Veeranapura gate near Gundlupet and took out a procession to Gundlupet town raising slogans against the delay in action against the accused.

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