The BBC have recently broadcast a program, Escaping Caste, on the continuing suffering caused by India’s caste system and the efforts of low-caste Indians to escape it – including, among other things, by converting to Buddhism. It includes an introduction to Dr. Ambedkar and his work, plus graphic accounts of the current situation – including the appalling massacre of a Dalit family in Maharastra late last year.
The program was produced by Tessa Watts, who attended Karuna’s conference on Dr. Ambedkar last summer; her principal guide is Manidhamma, an Indian Order Member currently studying on the Dharmaduta course at Dharmapala College.
Escaping Caste is available on the BBC Website.
There is another story ‘Born again in the light of Buddhism’ on Times Online by Pratap Rughani. For story click http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article1294584.ece
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