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सत्ता मे बैठे मनूवादी जो बुद्ध के नाम पर बौद्ध देशों से धन ऐंठने और बुद्ध संस्कृति के विनाश के अलावा कुछ नहीं करते।
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*A LETTER TO JAWAHARLAL NEHRU*
*REGARDING THE BOOK*
*‘ 📘BUDDHA AND HIS DHAMMA’*
_Dr. B. R. Ambedkar had written a letter, on *14th September 1956* to Pandit Jawahadal Nehru regarding a book on_
*“The Buddha and his Dhamma”.*
It is as follows : Editors.
*My dear Panditji,*
*_I am enclosing herewith two copies of a printed booklet showing the Table of Contents of a book on_* *“The Buddha and His Dhamma”* *_which I have just finished._* _The book is in the press. From the table of the contents you will see for yourself how exhaustive the work is_.
*_The book is expected to be in the Market in September 1956._*
*_I have spent five years over it._*_The booklet will speak for the quality of the work. *The cost of printing is very hevy and will come to about Rs. 20,000. This is beyond my capacity* and I am, therefore, canvassing help from all quarters._
*I wonder if the Government of India could purchase about 500 copies for distribution among the various libraries and among the many scholars whom it is inviting during the course of this year for the celebration of the Buddha’s 2500 years’ anniversary.*
*_I know your interest in Buddhism. That is why I am writing to you._*_I hope that you will render some help in this matter._
*B. R. AMBEDKAR.*
*Pt. NEHRU’S REPLY*
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had responded to the letter of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
*_He expressed his inability to purchase the Book “Buddha and His Dhamma”._*
_He referred this to Dr. Radhakrishnan, the Chairman of Buddha Jayanti Commttee._
Following is the reply by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru :
Editors. Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, NEW DELHI. No. 2196-PMH/56. NEW DELHI September 15, 1956.
*My dear Dr. Ambedkar,*
*_Your letter of the 14th September. I rather doubt if it will be possible for us to buy a large number of copies of your book suggested by you._*
_We had set aside a certain sum for publication on the occasion of the Buddha Jayanti._*_That sum has been exhausted and, in fact, exceeded. Some proposals for books relating to Buddhism being financed by us had, therefore, to be rejected._*
_I am, however, sending your letter to *Dr. Radhakrishnan,* the Chairman of the Buddha Jayanti Committee._
*_I might suggest that your book might be on sale in Delhi and elsewhere at the time of the Buddha Jayanti celebrations when many people will come from abroad. It might find a good sale then._*
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, 26, Alipur Road, Civil Lines, DELHI.
*_Dr. S. Radhakrishnan informed on phone to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar expressing his inability to do anything in this regard._*
*References :- Dr.BAW&S Vol- 17 Part 1 (Page No 444,445)*