October 14 is marked as the World Religious Freedom Day. On this day back in 1959, Dr. Ambedkar, the author of Indian constitution, left Hinduism to become a Buddhist. This year on this day thousands of Dalits converged in Nagpur to publically renouce and get converted to Buddhism and Christianity. See news reports Independant UK, BBC, Zee News etc.
Dalits are the lowest of Indian caste system and are also called untouchables or outcasts. They are the oppressed and crushed victims of the traditional caste system. They account for almost quarter of Indian population (over 250 million people). They are not allowed to worship at temples, never had educational opportunity and were forced to work that no one would ever do.
The recent uprising against the historically oppressive structures both religio-cultural and socio-economic is resulting in conversion of dalits into more elgalitarian religions like Buddism and Christianity. But is it true conversion?
I wonder if those who were converted to Christianity really experienced the gospel of Jesus Christ? Is there any transformation? Will rest of Indian Christians really embrace them (give their daughters to a dalit young man)? Why is caste feeling still prevalent among Indian Christians?
If you are interested in knowing more about this, check out Dalit Christian, Ambedkar, Dalit Theology etc.