Gujarat: 500 Dalits embrace Buddhism on Vijayadashami

The Indian Express reports:
Around 500 Dalits from various parts of Gujarat embraced Buddhism on Tuesday in three separate programmes held in Ahmedabad, Mehsana and Idar of Sabarkantha district on the occasion of Vijayadashami. The first such function was held at Swastik Bungalows in Rakhiyal area of East Ahmedabad by the Gujarat Buddhist Academy. GBA Secretary Ramesh Banker said 148 Dalits gave up Hinduism and embraced Buddhism at the function. One of the 148 persons is Vandana Parmar from Amraiwadi area who is pursuing her masters in science.
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