I was born a Hindu but will not die one. – Dr Ambedkar, Yeola Conference, 1935
Dr. Ambedkar had said convert to – Islam, Christianity, Buddhism or any other religion that gives you equality. For us, equality is what matters the most. Dr. Ambedkar had even asked Dalits to convert to Islam, Christianity, Buddhism or any other religion that gives you equality.
Recently, 50 Dalit families from Moradabad had decided to convert to Islam after the atrocities of Thakurs on the Dalits of Saharanpur. Dalits from Moradabad were angry that their brothers are sisters from the community were attacked by Thakurs in Saharanpur and police, as well as RSS/BJP government, did not do anything to stop Thakur terrorists from burning and looting Dalits’ houses.
After Moradabad and Sambhal, 2000 Dalits from Aligarh have decided to accept Islam leaving behind the religion of discrimination, Hinduism. According to the reports of Times of India, the reason for leaving the Hinduism is atrocities on Dalits in Saharanpur. So-called upper castes abuse Dalits so it is better for Dalits to leave Hinduism, decided Dalits of Aligarh.
A few days ago, 50 Dalit families from Saharanpur also throw away Hindu deities in water and decided to convert to Buddhism, following the footsteps of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. They all decided to stop worshipping the Hindu deities and follow Buddhism from now onwards. 180 other Dalit families from the Saharanpur also had converted to Buddhism on Thursday, 18th May 2017.
Dalits are angry that their brothers and sisters in Saharanpur are being attacked by criminal Thakurs while police as well whole Yogi Adityanath led BJP government is watching silently.
Bhim Army founder, Chandrashekar Azad in his revolutionary speech also called for the conversion to Buddhism if the team members of Bhim Army are not released who are falsely implicated in the cases by UP government.
Ever since BJP’s Yogi Adityanath has become CM of the state, atrocities on Dalits and Muslims have increased many times with the encouragement of right-wing Hindu extremist and little action against those who are committing crimes on Dalits. So, Dalits see only converting to other religion as an option.
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