Over 1,500 people from Dalit and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) embraced Buddhism in a huge religious ceremony organized at Subharti University in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. Founder of the university Atul Krishna and his family also participated in the ceremony and converted to Buddhism.
Anam Sherwani, spokesperson of the university said, “In all 5,000 people had turned up for the event at the Bodh Upwan in the university and 1,500 adopted Buddhism. Most of them belonged to OBC and SC categories.”
Atul Krishna stated the whole activity as “The need of the hour to develop a society based on the principle of brotherhood”.
The priest Chandrakeerti, who chaired the event, said “This development will definitely lead to building up of pressure on the government to seriously think why people in such large numbers are moving towards Buddhism. They should understand that unless we develop a casteless society, India cannot become a superpower.”