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Heere Ki Pehchan: Ekanki Natak

Booklet: Heere Ki Pehchan: Ekanki Natak
Author: Ratnakar Bandhu Trisharan
Publication: Samaj Sudhar Samiti, U.P, 2000
Edition: 1st – 1983 & 3rd – 2000
Price: Rs.6.00
Pages: 28

The writer puts across Ambedkar’s views on Buddhism and his arguments in favour of its acceptance. The play is about a village where there has been growing instances of religious conversions. One day a Mahatma makes a visit in this village to educate the people against conversion. He organizes a combined feast to convince lower caste people about their inclusion in the mainstream. Deendayal, the zamindar’s son, who did not believe in discrimination, unlike his caste, was asked by the lower castes to represent them. He reject such display of drama and demands equality for the lower caste people in every respect. He claims that equality doesn’t mean just eating together and opening the doors of the temple. His non-Brahminical statements anger his father who asks him to leave his home. He leaves his home and enlightens people with the thoughts of Ambedkar and Buddha. However, following his fathers request and considering his parents illness, he returns to his village. His father is now a changed man, who accepts Buddhism with the rest of the villagers.


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