A Source of Indian Pride
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.
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