In this interesting 1958 decision, the Bombay High Court discusses the legal consequences of Ambedkar’s mass conversions to Buddhism. The event in question took place in Nagpur in 1956. Following the event, a Bombay Dalit MLA’s election was challenged on the ground he was no longer a Hindu. The High Court rejects the challenge on the ground that the conversion declarations were not legally binding. The MLA’s election is saved.
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