Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, as the greatest human liberator of the modern times, discovered a way to emancipate the masses and reconstruct the world. He too, gave importance to the method of achieving emancipation and the core philosophy of his method can be said to be Dhamma, as taught by the Buddha. However, witnessing the confusions emerging in these modern times, he was skeptical of people getting wooed by the philosophy of Karl Marx. So in order to ensure that he addressed these confusions, he not only made clear intellectual comparisons between the philosophies of the Buddha and Karl Marx, but also took a firm position by accepting Buddha’s Dhamma as the saviour of the humanity. His act of Dhamma-Deeksha is the practical fruition of these very ideas.
The real protagonist is Sengeni who spearheads the politics of the title by her relentless struggle and refusal to bow to threats and bribes, portrayed brilliantly in her meeting with the DGP. It is emblematic of the force that conviction in justice can have. The portrayal of power in this movie is successful because it shows how the system can be incredibly strong when layered with the undercurrents of belief and faith. This is almost a slap on the face of those anarchists who believe in the system as being inherently flawed or unjust.
This Manifesto is a deep yet simple and very effective piece of literature, in my view. I say this because of the very first sentence in the Manifesto that emphasises on annihilation of human sufferings caused by human-made discriminations.
Baudhkaro inhabits that unique footrest in the spectrum of contemporary intelligentsia, art and activism where we can clearly see Dr. Ambedkar’s very crucial Blueprint of Buddhism actually being put to test. While the rest contend themselves by merely by parroting the name of Dr. Ambedkar as a professional or political formality, the Baudhkaros have chosen to live and practice Ambedkarism as a way of life.
Why we must read THE BUDDHA AND HIS DHAMMA daily? 1. It educates us about the basics of how to live our lives. 2. It instils in us the value…