A Freethinking Cultural Nationalist: A Life History of Rahul Sankrityayan

ISBN : 9780199466870

Alaka Atreya Chudal
340 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Aug 2016
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Vaishnava sadhu. Arya Samajist. Buddhist monk. Hindi nationalist. Communist. These are the identities Rahul Sankrityayan (18931963), born a sanatani Brahmin, donned during the early 20th century. Widely known in the field of Buddhist studies and Hindi literature, Sankrityayan was also a prolific writer whose varied ideological stances have baffled his critics and admirers alike. While several works have tried to analyse Sankrityayans life through the lens of these identities, few have delved deep into the ambivalence that marked his thoughts and writings as he shifted his allegiance between these identities. A Freethinking Cultural Nationalist takes, as its starting point, the insight that Sankrityayans personality was a product of the Indian renaissance period, and situates his life and work critically within the wider framework of his times. By exploring the thread that held together the different aspects of his personality, it presents a multifaceted picture not just of the man, but of India itself.


List of Tables
Notes on Transliteration, Translation, and Citation
Introduction: Rahul Sankrityayan in the Context of His Age
Chapter One: Rahul Sankrityayans Autobiography: The Product of a Prison Cell
Chapter Two: The Arya Samaj: A New Light
Chapter Three: Buddhism: A Source of Indian Pride
Chapter Four: Hindi: An Indian Voice
Afterword: Rahul SankrityayanA Freethinking Cultural Nationalist _
Selected Bibliography
About the Author

About the author: 

Alaka Atreya Chudal is a senior lecturer at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria.

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