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Dr Ambedkar

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B. R. Ambedkar (1892-1956), known as Babasaheb, was an Indian lawyer and politician. He is the principal author of the Constitution of India, an Untouchable leader and one of the main initiators of the revival of Buddhism in India. In 1956, less than two months before his death, he converted to Buddhism and brings after him 400,000 Untouchables. This is the beginning of the “Ambedkarite” movement which continues to this days. This movement first developed in Maharashtra, the central state of India and extended to other regions of the country. Today there are more than 9 million Buddhists in India.

The Buddhadharma, which had almost disappeared from India since the thirteenth century, is back in its home country. In the context of Dr Ambedkar movement, Dalits have not really benefited from traditional study and practice in the long term. This Buddhist-oriented movement rather promotes social action and the liberation of the poor.

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