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Title : Mahar, Buddhist and Dalit: Religious Conversion and Socio-Political Emancipation
Author : Johannes Beltz
Edition : Hardbound
ISBN : 9788173046209
Pages : 310p.
Year of Pub : 2005
Price : Rs 750.00
   
 
 
On 14 October 1956 Bhimrao Ambedkar, born into the caste of the `Untouchable` Mahars converted in Nagpur to Buddhism. Several thousand Mahars followed suit, in an attempt to protest against their discrimination and exploitation, and seeking a new beginning. Fifty years have since passed and most of the former Mahars now consider themselves Buddhists. This study aims to analyse this movement of religious conversion.

 

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