Dr Ambedkhar was the architect of India's post colonial constitution. He was born in an India where your caste as a Hindu played the primary part in determining what your life would be and he was born into what was the lowest caste of all, the 'Dalit'. His brilliance was recognised at an early age and he was sponsored through higher eduction by a wealthy benefactor. He never lost sight of the need for reform of the caste system. As a minister in India's first independent government, he wrote the Indian consitution with that reform in mind. However he found that legal equality was not enough to change this system of oppression. He decided that if it was his religion that was a source of his oppression then it was his religion he needed to change.
On 14th October 1956, Dr Bimrao Ambedkhar went for Refuge to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. He then inducted some 400,000 of his followers into Buddhism. The Dharma Revolution had begun. This conversion has resulted in changing the lives of literally millions of people from the so called 'Dalit' community in India. He is and continues to be a great inspiration not only to our community in India but all across the world. As our founder Sangharakshita has said, we can all learn from his example.
On Friday 16th October the GBC Social Action Kula will host an evening of celebration and exploration of what we can learn from this great man. We will also hear about the work of the Karuna Trust, our charity which helps fund social projects of the type that would make Dr Ambedkhar proud.
All welcome, the evening will run from 7.30 - 9.
Link for Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99238512654
Meeting ID: 992 3851 2654