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Sarath Amunugama

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199489060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199489060.001.0001

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A Sinhala Buddhist ‘Babu’

A Sinhala Buddhist ‘Babu’

(p.220) 4 A Sinhala Buddhist ‘Babu’*
The Lion's Roar

Sarath Amunugama

Oxford University Press

This chapter is primarily a recounting of Dharmapala’s early work in India supported by prominent personalities of the nationalist Bengali elite—the Bhadralok. He forged close personal links with these personalities. He was also able to win some support from the press in Bengal. This chapter presents a brief account of the early phase of the Indian national movement centred on Bengal. This is around the time when Dharmapala’s disagreements with the theosophists begin. In the next phase of Dharmapala’a activities, castigating the British colonial administration and Christian missionary activities in Sri Lanka as well as the slavish mentalities of his own compatriots become prominent.

Keywords:   Dharmapala, Bengal, Calcutta, Bhadralok, Sinhala Bauddhaya, Swadeshi, Swaraj, Mahabodhi Society

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