Date: 2-4 November 2012
Lokamitra was invited to make a presentation at this conference, which he did on: A New Life through the Dhamma for India’s Most Oppressed, using his experience in TBMSG (TBM) and especially Nagaloka. The paper was very well received and Lokamitra met a number of old friends he had not met for many years.
The Indian Studies Centre of Chulalongkorn University on 9th November 2012
Lokamitra went on to Bangkok to give a lecture on Dr. Ambedkar, Buddhism and Social Change under the auspices of the Indian Studies Centre, Chulalongkorn University. As is so often the case, Lokamitra discovered that his audience had almost no knowledge of the enormous social disadvantages, discrimination and even violence faced by those who used to be called Untouchables in the Hindu Caste system, nor the extent, the fact that they make up one sixth of the Indian population, over 200,000,000. And likewise most are ignorant of Dr. Ambedkar (despite the central role he played in recent Indian history) and the significance of his conversion to Buddhism.