Tatsushi Nemoto

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of TsukubaAssistant Professor*Profile is at the time of the award.

2019Inamori Research GrantsHumanities & Sociology

Research topics
Digital Archiving of Historical Materials Concerning Untouchable Liberation Movements in India and Research on Buddhist Monk Sasai’s Religious Practices of “Becoming-Untouchable”
Led by Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, a former “untouchable” who drafted India’s Constitution, over 300,000 former “untouchables” were converted from Hinduism to Buddhism on October 14, 1956. Ambedkar, however, passed away just 53 days later. The purpose of this proposed research is to digitally archive a huge amount of historical materials concerning Untouchable Liberation Movements in the 1970s onward and to reveal what experiences the former untouchables went through after the death of Ambedkar (during the post-Ambedkar period). Most of the historical materials in question were kept in India by a Buddhist monk named Shurei Sasai, who took the role of a religious leader for the Untouchable Liberation Movements in India during the post-Ambedkar period from 1967. The materials include Sasai’s diaries and memoranda on his thoughts and practices. In the course of my research, along with digitally archiving the relevant materials, I will attempt to learn how Sasai, originally from Japan, conducted the religious practice of “becoming an untouchable,” i.e., how he became involved in such a movement in India as a person concerned.

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