1 July 2021| Arts & Ideas
Imagine a scholar & poem stirring the world.
An imperialist devoted to India.
A British ambassador for the Buddha.
A glue between a saint, a soldier.
A capitalist, a physicist, a philosopher, and a mahatma.
Imagine an extraordinary — and unexpected — literary catalyst.
And you have — Edwin Arnold. And ‘The Light of Asia’
JAIRAM RAMESH — Congress leader & writer — unravels the fascinating story of a 19th century poem that blazed the idea of Buddha across the world. And inspired an array of seminal leaders.