Rahul Sankrityayan

Essayist, Author

1893 – 1963

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Who was Rahul Sankrityayan?

Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, who is called the Father of Hindi Travel literature, was one of the most widely traveled scholars of India, spending forty-five years of his life on travels away from his home. He became a Buddhist monk and eventually took up Marxist Socialism. Sankrityayan was also an Indian nationalist, having been arrested and jailed for three years for creating anti-British writings and speeches. He is referred to as the 'Greatest Scholar' for his scholarship. He was both a polymath as well as a polyglot.

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Born
Apr 9, 1893
Pandaha
Also known as
  • Rāhula Sāṅkr̥tyāyana
  • Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan
  • Kedarnath Pandey
Parents
Religion
  • Buddhism
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Lived in
  • Azamgarh
Died
Apr 14, 1963
Darjeeling

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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