The contribution of Dr B R Ambedkar in the framing of Indian Constitution is a well-known fact. He comprehended Buddha’s love for humanity and wished to incorporate freedom, equality, fraternity and social justice in the constitution opined Prof D Dominik of Kannada Research Centre, University of Bengaluru here on Saturday.
He was speaking after inaugurating a special lecture on ‘Buddhism and Indian Constitution’ organised by Dr B R Ambedkar Study, Research and Extension Centre to commemorate Buddha Poornima.
Addressing the students he said that the issues we are facing today – of intolerance, is part of an effort to fan the flames of fundamentalism. Some vested interests are trying to bring religion in every act that thus creating the worst effect on society. It creates a divide between the so called majority and the minority. Buddhism promotes love for humanity and tries to establish freedom, equality, fraternity and social justice. Being a follower of Buddhism Dr Ambedkar incorporated these into the Indian constitution.
Addressing the gathering, he said that Buddhism intends to raise questions regarding life, emancipation of man, freedom from old values and answers questions on the real purpose of a religion. Hence, in the present times we need to urgently adopt Buddhist principles to create a better society.
Further he said that after Dr B R Ambedkar embraced Buddhism he wrote a book named Buddha Matha Dharma for which he had asked for financial assistance from Nehru but did not get any to publish the book. But the Nepalese government has made the book mandatory for students.