Beni Madhab Barua and the study of Buddhism in Calcutta c.1918 to 1948

Surendran, Gitanjali (2018) Beni Madhab Barua and the study of Buddhism in Calcutta c.1918 to 1948. In: Theravada Buddhism in Colonial Contexts. 1st ed. Routledge, London, pp. 189-205. ISBN 9781315111889

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This chapter examines the investments in Buddhism on the part of a well-known Buddhologist based in Calcutta named Beni Madhab Barua from about 1918 when he published his first major work on Buddhism to 1946, shortly before he died, when he took part in the Indian Philosophical Congress at Delhi. A sympathetic reading of his work reveals very real attempts at tackling the problems of history according to the methodologies of his discipline as well as the ethics of his faith. In his activist career, Barua's primary concern was with Buddhism as a fitting faith for a nation coming into its own. Barua's writings in revivalist journals and transcripts of his speeches to various audiences were dominated by the idea that Buddhism was completely modern. The emphasis on Buddhism's universality did not mean that he stopped emphasizing India's position in Buddhist history.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Buddhism | Calcutta | 1918-1948 | History
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Arts and Humanities > Arts and Humanities (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr Sombir Dahiya
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2022 01:21
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2022 17:40
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