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Dalits still converting to Buddhism, but numbers dwindling in key states

In post-independence India, conversions of Dalits into Buddhism in Maharashtra and UP had taken place for decades in large numbers. This phenomenon finds its origin in the message of Ambedkar when he asked the Dalits to leave the exploitative Hindu religion. He, together with his followers, converted to Buddhism in 1956 at Nagpur. This process of conversion has to be seen in the context of politics through which the Dalits were seeking assertion.

Darjeeling Hills resound to cries of Gorkhaland once again; GJM battles police

The All India Gorkha League began a movement for a separate state in 1949. But as the moderate movement, which only demanded autonomy for Darjeeling, fizzled out by the 1980s, Subhash Ghising of the Gorkha National Liberation Front started a more violent uprising for a separate state in the Eighties. The largest protests for Gorkhaland were seen between 1986 and 1988 when more than a thousand people died. Since then, protests have flared up and died out every few years. The latest bid by the GJM for a separate Gorkhaland was triggered by an announcement by the Mamata Banerjee government that Bengali would be made compulsory in schools across the state.

Top LeT commander killed in Kulgam; 6 policemen killed in revenge attack

In yet another daring militant attack within three weeks, terrorists ambushed a police party on the outskirts of Anantnag district of South Kashmir and killed six policemen, including a station house officer, of Achabal area. The attack took place when the police party was travelling in a jeep at Thujwara in Achabal area, some 65 km from Srinagar.