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CONTENTS:- 1. Anagarika Dharmapala 2. Devapriya Valisinha 3. Yen. K. Siriniwasa 4. Yen. D. Sasanasiri 5. Yen. N. Jinaratana 6. Yen. U. Dhammaratana 7. Yen. M. Sangharatana 8. Yen. U Chandramani 9. Yen. Fujii Guruji 10. Ven. Mahavira 11. Yen. Kripasaran 12. Dharmananda Kosambi 13. Yen. Bodhananda 14. Rahul Sankrityayan 15. Bhadant Anand Kausalyayan 16. Yen. Jagdish Kashyap 17. Yen. Nandabansha 18. Yen. Dharmarakshita 19. Yen. L. Ariyawansa 20. Ven. Kushak Bakula 21. Ayodhya Dasa 22. Prof. P. Lakshmi Narasu 23. C. Krishnan 24. Dr. Anandrao L. Nair 25. Sheo Narain 26. Prof. N.K. Bhagwat 27. Dr. B.M. Barua 28. The Chogyal of Sikkim 29. Dr. R.L. Soni 30. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
For many centuries, Buddhism was in a state of hibernation in India. Its hertigage was buried so deep under dust and debris that even the name or the Buddha had been forgotten by (he people. The rediscovery of Buddhism in India began in 1891 with the arrival of Anagarika Dharmapala, and reached its climax in 1956 when Dr. B.R. AAmbedkar gave a clarion call to his followers to seek refuge in the Buddha-Dhamma. This book presents for the first time, short biographies of 30 Pioneer Budhists (21 Indian and 9 foreign), from Anagarika to Ambedkar, who devoted their lives to the cause of Budhism, and made it once again a living religion in the land of its birth. Thoough the-selection of Pioneers is confined to the period prior to 1956, the biographies are, however, uptodate. As such, the story of the Buddhist revival movement covers nearly 100 years from 1891 owward. The role played by the pioneer archaeologists and some friends of Buddhism has also been highlighted.