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A Dialogical Travel through History

From Volga to Ganga by Rahul Sankrityayan translated by V G Kiernan and Kanwal Dhaliwal and edited by Kanwal Dhaliwal and Maya Joshi, Delhi: Leftword, 2021; pp 380, `595.

Rahul Sankrityayan (1893–1963) was one of the most protean figures of 20th-century India: a philo­sopher, historian, and litterateur; Buddhist, Marxist, and nationalist—a man committed to change and personal growth over the certainties of religion or politics. As he once observed,

The ­belief that led me to become an Arya Samaji from a sanatandharmi, then from an Arya Samaji to a Buddhist, afterwards leaving Buddhism to become a communist; if my beliefs suffer a blow, I will leave the communist party as well. [translation mine] (quoted in Chudal 2016: 257)

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Updated On : 29th Aug, 2022
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