Presenting Indian Asceticism to English-speakers in 1924 – PDT3K – Indian History

This bonus episode is the debut of our new segment called Public Domain Theater 3000, where we read public domain works because we can, and no one can sue us for it.

Since there really isn’t much more about the Ajivika in the literature to share than we already we have, we pulled a 1924 article where an Indian American attempts to explain Indian culture to an English-speaking audience. The author is none other than Dhan Gopal Mukerji, credited as the first Indian author ever to gain wide popularity in the English language. The article is enlightening, to say the least.

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Dhan Gopal Mukerji

Main Sources

Mukerji, D. G. (1924, November). “Saints in Benares: Talks with Holy Men in a Holy City.” The Century Magazine, 93-100. Retrieved from:

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