Mumbai’s Way: The Buddhism in the slum.



For thousands Indian Hindus conversion to Buddhism is seen as an act that can help them escape the social and economic bariers presented by Hindu caste system. Most of the conversions are done in a manner similar to that advocated by the social reformer B.R. Ambedkar who as an untouchable himself, turned away from Hinduism in 1956 due to the inherit classism and social inequity of the caste system.

With those of the untouchable caste making up a sixth of the 1.1 billion people in India along with the discrimination based upon caste  found in the more rural areas, Buddhism is making a resurgence in India, especially among the poorer and least visable member of the Hindu caste society.


Daharawi to visit with Dr. Arun Kamble. Together with Dr. Arun Kamble visit to a Buddhist temple Daharawi, the biggest Slum in India and perhaps the whole of Asia.

Often, for those who live in the slum, the only solution to escape the fate of their caste / work, is to embrace other religions, mainly Buddhism (Buddhism as reinterpreted in a Marxist manner and with the central figure Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar), but also Catholicism and Islam.

Dr Arun Kamble, chief department of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Mumbai, Buddhist-Marxist mention of the struggles for the emancipation of the Dalits (the pariah or excluded) of which he is a fairly unique case: he was able to reach an important job and a respectable discounts anything but still.

The contrasts, inequalities, and many problems of the world of work and politics are often common to those of other companies “Western.” But in India everything is further complicated by a number of religious issues: the caste system and living together in Mumbai alone for at least 7 of the main religions.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, a contemporary of Gandhi, has fought for the rights of Dalits, took an active part in the colonial government first and then the Indian government.

His conversion to Buddhism is a key to Buddhism in India, in temples next to the figure of Buddha is always present the same Ambedkar.

Jai Bhim!
Siddhartha Chabukswar! [from here]