This is an extract FROM "SAACHI SAAKHI": I have cut it short but there’s much more detail if anyone is interested. Dr Ambedkar (an untouchable) for those of you who don’t know wrote the constitution of India after it achieved independence. "Around 1935-36, Dr. Ambedkar, the unchallenged leader of the 60 million untouchables in India, openly expressed the desire that all untouchables of India join Sikhism to rid themselves of the thousand of years of serfdom imposed by the caste-system. Hindu leaders like Dr. Munje, President of Hindu Mahasabha, and Pandit Malviya, the eminent Sanatanist Hindu leader were totally agreeable to this plan. Copies of Dr. Ambedkar?s correspondence with these Hindu leaders were regularly brought to the notice of Gandhi. ?After this, Dr. Ambedkar opened a direct dialogue with Sikh leaders to achieve his purpose, and this news spread throughout the country that the untouchables were on the verge of joining Sikhism. This is the time when foundation of Khalsa College, Bombay was laid so that it could function as the centre for the education of the untouchables of Southern India. At the time, even Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh offered to marry his sister in the family of Dr. Ambedkar to lend sense of pride to the untouchables joining Sikhism. But soon thereafter, such acute differences cropped up between Dr. Ambedkar and Akali leaders that Dr. Ambedkar and his followers became disenchanted with Sikhism and later joined Buddhism. But by 60 million untouchables joining Sikhism the Akali Party would have lost its dominance and monopoly over the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (head of sikhi) and Sardar Baldev Singh would have lost his Sikh representation in the Central Government. When the Akali Party realised this problem then after deep consultation they unanimously decided to permanently block the entry of Dr. Ambedkar and his 60 million untouchable fellows. These higher caste’s + politics are the cause of why sikhism has only 30 million followers world wide and not 90 million.