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Religion, Ethics and Kinship: On Dr B.R Ambedkar’s Path to Conversion

Abdul Najeeb Noorul Ameen The American philosopher Abi Doukhan makes an interesting observation in her book on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. She states that the word ethics is derived from the Greek word ethos. The ethos pertains to the customs and principles of a society. The concept of the ethical refers to those actions …


Prabuddha Bharata: Ambedkar’s Buddhist Rashtra-Nation

Rahul Sonpimple

Rahul Sonpimple In my Ph.D. fieldwork in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, I encountered two contrasting assertions regarding the role of Buddhism in the everyday lives of Dalits. The first assertion, claiming “Buddha is our god; Babasaheb gave us, we are not Hindus,” was prevalent among poor and illiterate Dalits in slums and villages. The …


The Era of Pseudo-Ambedkarism

Sankalp Gaikwad It has been approximately 2,563 years since the Buddha attained enlightenment and 66 years since Bodhisattva Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar set the Dhamma Chakra in motion. Yet, within our society, a distinct phenomenon has emerged—a species. This species manifests primarily during Brahmanical festivals and remains conspicuously absent during Islamic or Christian celebrations. It exhibits …


In solidarity with Rajendra Pal Gautam

Mahesh Wasnik, (on behalf of NRI Ambedkarite organisation) Strong condemnation of Delhi and central government NRI Ambedkarites from USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nederland, Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Belgium, Hungary, Australia, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Malaysia condemn the manner in which Delhi’s Social Welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam …


Words Of The Ordained Women

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Dr Amritpal Kaur ‘What becometh a woman best, and first of all? SILENCE. What second? SILENCE. What third? SILENCE. What fourth? SILENCE. Yea, if a man should aske me till Domes daie I would still crie Silence, Silence… ‘ –   Thomas Wilson, The Arte of Rhetorique, 1560. Women have long been expected to govern their …


Why did Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar like Buddhism?

Vinay Damodar Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar preferred Buddhism because it gives three liberatory principles in combination which no other religion does. All other religions bother themselves with God and Soul and life after death. Buddhism teaches Prajna (understanding as against superstition and supernaturalism). It teaches Karuna (love). It teaches Samata (Equality). This is what man wants …


Buddhist Sangha — an embodiment of gender neutrality

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  Dr Amritpal Kaur  When an ideology for restructuring of human nature and society becomes a religious cult, it not only loses its spirit of rationality and political relevance but its professional representatives also degenerate into mere religious organizations. It then becomes impossible for such a psycho-social philosophy to maintain its effectiveness, particularly in the …