i say the indian media is also might entertaining. will the right number of buddhists please stand up?
since the media are making up things, any number will do. this is why these guys are such a good fit with cedric '2000' prakash, william 'i deal in what *could* have happened, not what happened. that's left to lesser mortals' dalrymple, et al.
in their defence, though, most of them are innumerate, anyway.
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It was the biggest mass conversion in recent history as over one lakh Hindu tribals converted to Budhism in Mumbai on Sunday.
Unlike Dalits who converted before, this time a majority of those who converted were from castes which are lower in hierarchy than Dalits.
Those who converted include nomadic and denotified communities who had travelled from distant Marathwada, Vidharbha and even Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
The Republican Party of India organised the conversion ceremony.
MUMBAI (Reuters) - About 50,000 Indian low-caste Hindus and nomadic tribespeople converted to Buddhism before a vast crowd on Sunday in the hope of escaping the rigidity of the ancient Hindu caste system and finding a life of dignity.
MUMBAI, India: About 2,000 low-caste Hindu Indians bowed before orange-robed monks and recited prayers as they converted to Buddhism in a mass ceremony Sunday that they said would bring them dignity in a society that considers them "untouchables."
"We estimate that close to 5,000 Dalits have chosen the path towards Buddhism by the end of the day," said Shravan Gaikwad, representative of the Samatha Sainik Dal, a Dalit group.