Thursday, February 01, 2007

BBC programme on Dr. Ambedkar

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.


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