I met Professor Saddhananda Fulzele, the organizer of the great 1956 conversion ceremony, in a university building adjacent to the Dikshabhumi conversion ground: Dr Ambedkar College, which Prof. Fulzele founded and developed into a top-ranking college. I asked him to tell me his memories of Dr Ambedkar and 1956.
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Subhuti, having finished his program in Sajókaza, has flown to India. He will participate at a meditation till morning on the night of Full Moon the 13th December with 500 young activists of National Network of Buddhist Youth in Nagpur. The youngsters want to call the meditators to Diksha Bhumi as the venue of their program.
Today is the celebration of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism. There are huge celebrations in Nagpur, the place (Bhumi) where the conversion (Diksha) took place.
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar came from a community then-labelled “Untouchable”. He converted to Buddhism to free himself of caste prejudice and to create social change within the new Indian democracy.