Udupi: Over 50 people belonging to Dalit community convert to Buddhism


Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (EP)

Udupi, Oct 19: District Boudh Mahasabha held the 64th Dhammachakra Pravartan Day here on October 18. More than 50 people belonging to the Dalit community accepted Buddhism as their faith on the occasion.

Sugatapala Bhantheji who had arrived from Mysuru administered the oath ceremony for the converted Dalits. Similarly, more than 30 students who had secured top marks in SSLC and PU examination were given scholarships and felicitated. Professor Bhaskar Vittal was the chief orator at the ceremony.



District Dalit leader Sunder Master, Shamraj Berthi, Narayana Manoor, Shekar Hejmady, Shekar Havanje, Shambhu Master, Pushpakar, Manjunath Giliar, Annappa Nakre, Shamsunder Thekkatte, Manjunath V, Keerthikumar Padubidri, Vittal Thottam, Ravindra Bantakallu, Raghavendra Belle, Rajendra Belle, Bhaskar Master Kunjibettu, Vittal Uchila, Gopalakrishna Kundapur, Manjunath Balthudru, Suresh Barkur, Krishna, Parameshwar Uppoor, Ajaykumar, Anand Brahmavar, Muralidhar, Ramesh and others were present.

 

  

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    I am quite surprised about Dalits convert into Buddhism .One way I am happy they adapt now a new community or religion ,which will give them chance to live as human in society.Other wise they had to be surpressed by higher caste community to live and be under them in certain parts of India.whatever they do was commented as Dalits.Their girls were raped by higher caste.Their land was taken by force by landlords and driven away.Now they can visit any Temples without to be stamped as Dalits.Other side I wonder how all of a sudden so many of them in a big round converted.what made them to take this step?Some event or decision if someone could explain ?Whether they still use nonveg food ?or have to change over to veg?That interests me.Well ,wish all of them all the best.

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  • RSRB, Kundapura

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Did they continue to get the SC/ST reservation?

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  • Wilfred, Karnataka

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    even they changed to Buddhism no impact, only if they converted to OTHER religion then the issue escalate.

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  • DON, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Castism in India never dies.
    All the best.

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  • H.A. Dsouza, Damoh

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    If people are converted to Christianity than it will be forced conversions!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Excellent decision. I hope a lot more Dalits will embrace Buddhism.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    By converting to Buddism it's only a outward change and they will never be considered as equal with upper class tag unless peopl's mindset is changed. There would be always inferiority feeling when mixing with upper class lot.

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    They will improve their standard of living

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  • roy pinto, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    hope all the Dalit community convert to Buddhism in India. so that upper caste wont able to make then has slave or suffer then . or mistreat then . like what's Going on U.P state........

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Dalits still feel bottom of the caste ladder, as now education brings Dalits are no longer meek and they want to live in respectful life. Its Dalits rights to demanding their long pending due to give equal rights.

    Everyone has a dream in life to live in better life and its their choice to live.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, have originated from Hindustan, they are petals, from the branches of Hinduism !!! Jewish, Christianity and Islam share the Abrahamic beliefs and traditions... Those who have embraced Buddhism will not loose, any of the benefits, guaranteed by the government !!! Truly a wise decision, without diluting the ancient cultural ethos of India !!!!

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  • Abdul Shereef, Maikala

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Well said Sir.

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    What's stopping you to make Dalits as Brahmins if they are part of Hinduism... ?

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Why can't you convert all Sunnis into shias or vice versa?

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Not a big deal. Everyday so many 1000s change their sects and beliefs.
    But can you just change the caste ?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    sunny 2 shia converting is a problem. killing each other is like ತೆಕ್ಕರ್ಪೆ ತಜತ್ತಿ ಲೆಕ್ಕ easy.

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  • Jacy, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    For some conversation meaning changes as per convince.

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  • Jacy, mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    conversion *

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    No entertainment since they all converted to "other" religion

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Buddhism is a part of vast Hinduism. We need not worry about the change of faith in reaching God within Hinduism.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Then, why only the lower caste opt to convert to Buddhism ? Why not Brahmins, Jains ?

    I'll tell you. Because the higher caste are oppressing the lower. The higher caste are enjoying the riches and position while the lower slog in poverty and are made to slog. Do menial works like burring the dead animals, clean the toilets and so on.

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  • Abdul Shereef, Maikala

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Before you put all those questions to Mr. Shankar, why don't you explain the deadliest fights among sunnis and shias? Does our religion too discriminate?

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Shia and Sunni are sects and not caste.... Sects can change overnight... But can you change the caste of Dalit to brahmin? Not overnight but in lifetime ?

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  • Observer, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    At least write your name properly so the viewers could satisfy with your identity.😏

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  • Sampath, Mlore/ Blore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Since when did Buddism became a part of Buddism...... If agreed can you please tell why was Buddha & his followers harassed by then ?....

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    No option left but to console yourselves.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Shankar

    While converting to Budhism, they have to make 22 vows. I give below the first 5 vows. By this, I presume, there is lot of difference between the faiths. This is not my argument. If people like you still believe there is no difference between Hinduism and Budhism, it is okay for me.

    1. I shall have no faith in Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, nor shall I worship them.
    2. I shall have no faith in Rama and Krishna, who are believed to be incarnation of God, nor shall I worship them.
    3. I shall have no faith in Gauri, Ganapati and other gods and goddesses of Hindus, nor shall I worship them.
    4. I do not believe in the incarnation of God.
    5. I do not and shall not believe that Lord Buddha was the incarnation of Vishnu

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Sanghi's lost 50 protesters and votes! They are ashamed to cry foul on conversion now! Many be in future all daliths will get into Buddhism to lead a respectable life!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    That's a nice oath for Dalits to shun upper caste domination.

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Whom to blame now, what will be the drama regarding Convert to Buddhism ?
    again slogan will come Hindu Kathreme hey . Modi ke Raj me

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Oppressed community.

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Buddhism teaches love, harmony and sacrifice .....

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Doesn't discriminate on caste basis.

    In Buddhism, all are equal. Creation of the Almighty.

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Why are Sunnis and Shias fighting in the middle east and south Asia ....

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  • Bala, Urwa

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Some wolves may not be happy with this.Walk with Buddha mainly nonviolence .

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Good move cheddis cannot tolerate.

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  • munna, udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Chaddiless are big problem for entire world

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Cautioning you about this danger, Modi got your vote. Now the economy is behind Bangla.

    Don't know if he gained on head count of the Hindus because of the danger he averted.

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  • munna, udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Nam nai
    kam nai
    Still barking for everything

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Please follow the teachings in deeds and spirit. It is one of the happy religions

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  • Concerned citizen, Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    They have choice. The accelerated amount of treatment they are facing at this moment from a section of community in India is disgusting. We are blaming neighbour countries for prosecutions of minorities. Here a hindu itself is not safe at this moment. This is the real threat to hinduism. Love jihad which they cry for threat sheer a myth in order to polarize vote bank only.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    PM Narendra Modi said, “COVID-19 does not see race, religion, caste before striking”. What he never mentions is other virus in the society existed for centuries now - Casteism.

    Statistics show, every 15 minutes, a crime is committed against a Dalit, 6 Dalit women are raped every day and 56,000 dalit children living in slums die due to malnutrition every year in India. Covid 19 requires us social distancing, but this social distancing was practiced in India for centuries with untouchables.

    I have read all the 22 vows that these dalits make when converting to Budhism. The no.I9 vow states "I renounce Hinduism, which disfavors humanity and impedes the advancement and development of humanity because it is based on inequality, and adopt Buddhism as my religion".

    I have mentioned No. 19 vow here, as it is written in the text, and it is not my view.

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  • Vicky D, DUBAI

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Buddhism teaches peace & we respect it but why people has to support conversion! The same converted people will be against their past religion some day!!!
    Not so long back ago, traders from western countries took many Indian king's into confidence & converted many people in a peaceful way. Now great grand children's of those converted people have bitter feelings against their own ex-religion !!!
    On other hand, being Dalit has advantages in India, becos of reservation & all!

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  • Ravi P, Bengaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    You have this view about people being against their ex religion. I know people who have bitter views about the political party which has uplifted their economic status in the past 60 years. Their community banks were nationalized, their jobs were changed to government jobs and now they are enjoying pension, their children are well settled abroad etc but they still cry we are poor, what that party has done other than corruption, indooo katre mein hain blah blah bla....

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  • MIA, Udupi

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    it is thier personal choice but does privileges Dalit community has on jobs, school fee and others will apply even if they convert to Buddhism? or any other religion or caste? just a curious.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    Now does anyone want to call them rice bags, or throw allegations of matanthara, forced conversions etc ??

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    I wonder if they will retain their caste and reservation status.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    Buddhism is fine, because it's still Hindu.

    Never Christianity or Islam.

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  • H.A.Dsouza, Damoh

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Desh Bhakt
    What wrong with Christianity?. Because it is originated from foreign land ?
    It is Jesus who changed the world. Modern Democracy, Human rights, etc are gift of Christian faith. For your kind information the vehicles, electricity, Computer, etc you use are invented by Christians.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Oct 19 2020

    For how long can Dalit Women suffer from Rape ...

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Even the Kerala nuns would never get justice .....

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  • Indian, Bangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Thanks to Franco, he saves all argument from all over India...any rape case in any part of the country on Dalits...the counter argument is Kerala Nun, Bishop Franco etc. I am seeing this Kerala nun counter in almost every rape cases happening!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru
    You forgot your Asaram Bapu & Swami Nityanand ...

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  • Krish, Udupi

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    80 crore 1 asaram (no one support him)

    10 crore many franco (9 crore support him)

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Asaram Bapu is jailed for many years now, justice prevailed to the victims in his case .....
    Nityanand will also face the same fate for his crimes if proven guilty .....
    Hope your Franco will be the penitent and sit before the confessional box, accepts his crime and offers the law of the land takes its own course ....

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru
    Hum Kare Tho Chamatkar ...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 20 2020

    krish, dey don't have deva-daasies.

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