Buddhist Voice

It gives us great pleasure in presenting the first issue
of Buddhist Voice to you. This is perhaps the first
experiment in India to publish an e-magazine dedicated
to issues concerning Buddhist. Our main focus will be
Socio-Economical and Political issues at large, besides
religious issues of Buddhist world wide and special
attention to issues related to Indian Buddhist.
It will be our attempt to raise these issues in public
forum and create awareness of present situations of
Buddhist amongst the fellow citizens. It will also be an
eye-opener to most of the educated Buddhist strata that
today appears to have detached from the majority of
Buddhist who are still struggling to meet the basic
needs. The opening of economy by Indian Government
appears to be widening the gap between the lower
class, middle class and upper class. In addition to the
discrimination due to caste in India, we have also
started experiencing the class struggle in India.
India was once a Buddhist country and majority of the
population today in India had their ancestors as
Buddhist. Buddhism was prominent in business
communities, who found it well suited to their needs
and who increasingly established commercial links
throughout the then Mauryan Empire. Post 12th
Century, the decline of Buddhism started on account of
wasted interest of dominant caste and apart from a
small community in Eastern Bengal in which it had
survived from ancient times and Nepal, Buddhism was
virtually extinct in India by the end of the 19th century.
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s conversion to Buddhism in
1956 has written a new chapter in Buddhist history. It
is now about six decades since Dr Babasaheb
Ambedkar reignited the minds of the downtrodden by
adopting the Lord Buddha’s Dhamma in the land of
Buddha. Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had many options to
choose while he was contemplating the renouncing of
Hindu religion after he announced his firm decision in
1935. Very early in life, Dr Babasaheb had realized
that if he has to bring his people to the path of progress
and up-lift their socio-economical status, the first and
the most important step would be to come out of the
shackles of Hindu religion. The entire Hindu religion
is based on the caste system and the social status of a
person is based on the caste in which he is born.
Hinduism is the only religion in the world which will
not allow its follower to come up in life or achieve
higher social / economical status if he is born in lower
caste irrespective of his personal intelligence,
willingness to work hard and his capabilities. Dr
Babasaheb allowed over two decades time to the
Hindus to change the social pattern and bring equality
amongst all the Hindus but nothing changed in caste
system neither Hindu leaders initiated any social
reform process.
It will be our attempt to provide the reading material
which will help Buddhist to educate them to uplift
economically and socially. From the next issue, we
will be introducing our regular columns on Wealth
Building, Self Employment and Entrepreneurship in
collaboration with www.indianbusinessman.com
besides columns on teaching of the Lord Buddha. We
hope to be connected through this e-magazine which
will be available to you without any cost and with a
freedom to read on desk top and lap tops through our
website www.buddhistvoice.com and also on your
Tab, I-Pad, Kindle or Smart Phones through our e-pub,
mobile and kindle versions. We also hope to connect
Buddhist all over the world with Buddhist in India
through this magazine.
We are looking forward to have your co-operation and
constant support in this journey we are starting today.
Your suggestions for improving our content and
presentation will be welcomed.
Post independence and conversion to Buddhism,
though a political equality has been established in the
country, the majority of Buddhist in India still face
discriminations by the dominant caste people.
Consistently, there has been no political representation
to Buddhists in India and their socio-economical issues
have still remained unsolved.
? Year – 1 ?Issue – 1 ?June 2013 ?Buddhist Voice ?www.buddhistvoice.com