Special Correspondent

Bangalore: The dream envisioned by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to build a Buddhist seminary vihara with a library containing books of all religions on a site given to him by the Maharaja of Mysore in RMV Extension here five decades ago was realised on Tuesday.


Built at a cost of over Rs. 4 crore, the vihara was inaugurated by the former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna, who also unveiled a statue of Dr. Ambedkar. The foundation stone for the seminary was laid in 1992 when the former Minister the late B. Basavalingappa was the society chairman.

Expressing his happiness over the completion of the project undertaken during his chairmanship of the society, K.H. Ranganath, veteran Congress leader, said Dr. Ambedkar helped Dalits in achieving spiritual emancipation, when he embraced Buddhism. He was supported by the former Union Minister V. Srinivasa Prasad.

Mr. Krishna said that some forces inimical to the national interest were trying to whip up caste and communal tensions and it was time people, especially those who were deprived of equality, launched a movement against them.