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A Freethinking Cultural NationalistA Life History of Rahul Sankrityayan$
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Alaka Atreya Chudal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466870

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466870.001.0001

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A Source of Indian Pride

(p.131) Chapter Three Buddhism
A Freethinking Cultural Nationalist

Alaka Atreya Chudal

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the second major turning in Rahul Sankritayayan’s life, the one connected with Buddhism. It discusses the meaning of Buddhism as he understood it. The sentiments aroused in him by it and the actions it aroused him to will be explained as being due to its importance for him not so much as a religion but as a product of Indian culture. At this point, Sankrityayan had moved away from the Arya Samaj and communism was still wholly in the future. Therefore, Sankrityayan will be presented as now caught between ambivalent views. His links with members of the Theravada movement in Nepal and his more general relationship with Nepal is also explored in this chapter.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Theravada movement, Nepal, religion, communism, Indian culture

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