The full moon day of October will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism. Great events will be organized in India. INEB had already held its international gathering at Nagpur last year in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and dignitaries from many countries. This year, INEB’s executive secretary, Lapapan Supamanta, will be there again.

The drawing on the front cover of this issue is by Savi Sawakar, an Ambedkarite Buddhist. It belongs to Professor Nakamura Hisashi of Ryukoku University, who has kindly allowed us to reproduce it in order to remind our readers to think about millions of our fellow Indian Buddhists who are struggling for their dignity nonviolently. Last year, His Holiness gave them much courage to grow spiritually and socially in the Dhamma.

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