The Christian practices of tithing and fasting may be a factor in bolstering the level of prosperity for poor people, according to a recent study of Dalit Indians conducted by Rebecca Shah of Georgetown University.
About 5,000 Dalits, or members of socially underprivileged classes, converted from Hinduism to Buddhism in the cultural capital of Gujarat, Vadodara, defying the state’s anti-conversion law.
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A large number of Dalits, who form the lowest rung of Hinduism’s social ladder, are embracing Buddhism across Haryana in protest against their “oppression” by upper caste Hindus.
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