Selected Essays


People's Publishing House , New Delhi, 2009

Language: English

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Rahulji was a phenomenon and his quest for knowledge phenomenal. His discoveries of several hundreds of important ancient Sanskrit and Buddhist works were without parallel. He brought those works to India which is enriched by them. If he had been a European, he would have got enormous acclaim and recognition. But in a country where more than half of the population is illiterate , Rahul ji's greatness as a scholar is still to be realised. His Volga of Ganga is well known here and abroad - but here only to the literate population. His works need to be collected and brought from Tibet ought to be studied and the democratic culture and knowledge they contain must become the heritage of our people, of our masses. Heritage does not mean heirlooms exhibited in museums.

Rahul Sankrityayan

Rahul Sankrityayan (1893–1963) was an Indian polymath who is often remembered as the father of Hindi travel writing. He was also known for his role in the revival of Buddhism in India, as co-founder of the Bihar unit of the Communist Party, and a pioneering explorer-traveller. His choice of Hindi for the bulk of his writing marks him as a contributor to a popular progressive intellectual discourse in that language. Apart from his iconic travelogues that record journeys into remote Himalayan regions and across Asia and Europe, he wrote on travel (Ghumakkar Shastr), made significant contributions to history (including the Sahitya Akademi Award winning Madhya Asia ka Itihas), philosophy (Darshan Digdarshan), memoir-writing (Meri Jeevan-Yatra, Mere Asahyog ke Saathi), polemics (Bhago Nahin Duniya ko BadloTumhari Kshaya), biography (of travellers, thinkers, social reformers, political leaders), drama (Bhojpuri), translation (of Tajik novels, as well as The Communist Manifesto), lexicography, critical commentary on and emendation of rare Buddhist philosophical texts recovered from Tibet, and diverse fiction, mostly historical. He was imprisoned for his anti-colonial activism for about three years by the British. In 1963, he was conferred the Padma Bhushan.