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Return of the Buddha
By: Himanshu Prabha Ray

Return of the Buddha <br> By: Himanshu Prabha Ray

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Author: Himanshu Prabha Ray
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780415711159
Publication Date: 2014

Product Code: 9780415711159


The Return of the Buddha traces the development of Buddhist archaeology in colonial India, examines its impact on the reconstruction of Indias Buddhist past, and the making of a public and academic discourse around these archaeological discoveries.

The book discusses the role of the state and modern Buddhist institutions in the reconstitution of national heritage through promulgation of laws for the protection of Buddhist monuments, acquiring of land around the sites, restoration of edifices, and organization of the display and dissemination of relics. It also highlights the engagement of prominent Indian figures, such as Nehru, Gandhi, Ambedkar, and Tagore, with Buddhist themes in their writings.

Stressing upon the lasting legacy of Buddhism in independent India, the author explores the use of Buddhist symbols and imagery in nation-building and the making of the constitution, as also the recent efforts to resurrect Buddhist centers of learning such as Nalanda. With rich archival sources, the book will immensely interest scholars, researchers and students of modern Indian history, culture, archaeology, Buddhist studies, and heritage management.

The Return of the Buddha, by Himanshu Prabha Ray, Routledge, Hardcover, 300 pages, $25.00

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