Mayawati pays homage to Ambedkar’s Buddhist guru


Lucknow, Dec 2: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Saturday paid homage to Buddhist monk Bhante Pragyanand, one of the seven monks who initiated Dalit leader Babasahed Bhim Rao Ambedkar into Buddhism.

Pragyanand died two days back at a city hospital here. He was 90.

Mayawati spent some time at the Risaldar park residence of Pragyanand and held talks with Pragyanand’s close associates and attendants.

His cremation was slated for Friday in Shrawasti district but did not take place as kins were yet to arrive from Sri Lanka.

Pragyanand had left Sri Lanka in 1942 and lodged  in India. He was the last surviving monks who helped Ambedkar embrace Buddhism on April 14, 1956 in Nagpur.

Wefornews Bureau 

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