This book surveys in twelve chapters the March of Buddhism in India during the first 50 years of Independence (1947-1997). After giving decade by decade progress of the Buddhist revival movement, it analyses the contribution made by the Sri Lankan Monks, Monks from Myanmar, Indian Bhikkus, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Vipassana Movement, and described the important Buddha Viharas built during the last 50 years. In particular, the magnificent Buddhist Temples and Monasteries built by the Buddhists of South-East Asia are noteworthy.
Buddhism in India has made tremendous progress during the period under review (1947-1997). As against less than two lakh Buddhist population in 1947, India now (1997) has nearly seventy lakh Buddhists. And to cater to the spiritual and religious needs of the ever-increasing Buddhist population, a large number of Bhikkhus has increased; and a good number of Buddhist societies and institutions are engaged in the preaching and preservation of the Dhamma. Hence, the future of Buddhism seems bright.