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A Freethinking Cultural Nationalist: A Life History of Rahul Sankrityayan

Alaka Atreya Chudal


Vaishnava sadhu. Arya Samajist. Buddhist monk. Hindi nationalist. Communist. These are the identities Rahul Sankrityayan (1893–1963), born a sanātanī 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 Sankrityayan’s 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 ... More

Keywords: Rahul Sankrityayan, Hindi nationalism, Arya Samaj, Buddhism, Theravada movement, communism, Vaishnava sadhu, Buddhist studies, 20th-century India

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199466870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alaka Atreya Chudal, author
Senior lecturer at the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna, Austria.