- Cold Comfort Ambedkar would have converted to Sikhism, but balked at the prospect of becoming a “second-rate Sikh”
- Last Laugh In 1956, he converted to Buddhism in Nagpur as he believed the city was named after the Naga Buddhists
The bus arrives two hours late. The crowd at Hisar town’s Multani Chowk park was beginning to get impatient when the orange-coloured ‘sleeper bus’ finally rolls in, posters hanging from the windows. The ‘yatris’, visibly tired, march in to the beating of drums and slogans rent the air. Most of them are young boys and girls who have spent the last few months away from college to be part of Bhim Yatra. On their T-shirts are printed the words: “We will put an end to manual scavenging.” They had been to Fatehabad earlier in the day and the public speeches there went on longer than expected, delaying their arrival at Hisar.
Flagged off from Dibrugarh, Assam, last December, the bus would have traversed 30,000 km across...