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The Footprints of Buddhism in India- A Pictorial Presentation (Light of World-Gautam Buddha)

The Footprints of Buddhism in India- A Pictorial Presentation (Light of World-Gautam Buddha)
Item Code: NAZ702
Author: S.N. Busi
Publisher: AVA Publications, Telengana
Language: English
Pages: 330 (Throughout B/w Illustrations)
Other Details: 8.50 X 5.50 inch
weight of the book: 0.37 kg
About the Author
Dr. Subhamani Naganna Busi alias Prof. B.S. Mani (b.18.12.1940) hails from Pinapalla Village of Alamuru Mandal of East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. He migrated to Telangana in April, 1956 and presently resides in Mayfair (I-E), Road No.2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Educational Qualifications

Dr. Busi obtained B.A. (Economics Main) degree from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, through Andhra Christian College, Guntur, and obtained M.A. (Economics), LL.B., LL.M. (Constitutional Law) degrees from Marathwada University (since renamed as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University) and stood second in the order of merit in all the above examinations. In 1989, he was awarded PhD degree by Andhra University for his thesis entitled "Indian Union Excise Taxation 1950-84 with Special Reference to Andhra Pradesh."

Academic Achievements

Dr. Busi was Head of Department of Economics and taught Economics for over five years during 1963-68 to Undergraduate and B.A. (Honors) students of People's Education Society's Milind College of Arts, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. He was a Member of the Board of Studies in Economics of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in two spells - 1963-68 and 1987-90.

Executive, Administrative and Vigilance Experience

Dr. Busi was selected to the Indian Revenue Service (Cu toms and Central Excise) in 1968. He secured the highest percentage of marks in Economics subject in IAS and Allied Services Examination (now called as Civil Services Examination) of 1967. He held important positions in Government of India and Public Sector Undertakings.

Some of the important positions held by him include: (i) Under Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Finance, New Delhi (1976-79); (ii) Trustee of Visakhapatnam Port Trust (1982-85); (iii) Executive Director (Vigilance) of MIs Hindustan Zinc Limited, Udaipur (1986-90); (iv) Collector of Customs and Central Excise, Pune (1992-93); (v) Additional Director-General of Central Excise (Anti-evasion), Southern Region, Chennai ( 1993-94); (vi) Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise, Hyderabad and Guntur Commisionerates (1995-99).

Judicial Position

Dr. Busi was a Member of the Cu toms, Excise and Gold Control Appellate Tribunal of Kolkata Bench (now renamed as Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal) during 2000 and 200l.

Lok Sabha Election Assignment

In 1996, under the direction and superintendence of the Election Commission of India, Dr. Busi functioned as the Election Expenditure Observer of the Bapatla Parliamentary Constituency in Andhra Pradesh.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, along with half a million of his brethren, embraced Buddhism on Vijayadashami day in 1956 which has come to be considered as the day of the Buddhist Renaissance in India. In fact, it was the same day in 262 Be Emperor Asoka embraced Buddhism. The principal aim of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and his followers in converting to Buddhism was to liberate the suffering humanity from the thralldom of Hinduism. At the time of conversion, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar administered to them the 22 vows which he had specially prepared to renew and transform Buddhism to meet the needs of common people. After the conversion, addressing those gathered at the Deeksha Bhoomi, Nagpur, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar is reported to have said:

"This conversion has given me enormous satisfaction and pleasure unimaginable. I feel as if I have been liberated from hell. "

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar desired to make Buddhism a functional, living and dynamic Dhamma. He, therefore, advised his followers not to get entangled in the existing branches of Buddhism i.e. Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana etc. and called his views as "Mahayana" or "Neo-Buddhism". Hence, those who converted to Buddhism in 1956 and thereafter have come to be called as Neo- Buddhists. It may be noted that a neo-Buddhist is not a traditional Buddhist; he is rather a liberated Buddhist who strives for Bahujana Hitaya and Bahujana Sukhaya.

The mass conversion has thus become an important landmark in the history of world religions as no religious leader had converted several lakhs of people to a religion on a single day. Thus, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar's contribution to the renaissance of Buddhism in India is indeed very significant and deserves to the written in golden letters in the pages of the History of Indian Religions.

Every Buddhist worth the name shall be familiar with the historical account of the places associated with the Buddha and his preaching’s. No doubt that there is enough material available on the subject. But, the. material is scattered and to get at is time-consuming. Thus, there is a need to have a comprehensive book on places of Buddhist interest and significance. The present work makes a sincere attempt to fill this void.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had great fascination for the Buddhist worship also. He wanted his followers to follow the Buddhist way of life as diligently as possible. For their benefit and guidance, in 1956, he published Buddha Pooja Path- a Manual for Buddhist Worship, in Pali and Marathi. He wrote a book on Buddhism. But, he could not publish it during his life-time. However, it was posthumously published by the People's Education Society, Mumbai in 1957 under the title The Buddha and His Dhamma.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar obtained five acres of land in Bangalore to build a Buddhist Monastery to train monks. Unfortunately, about half of that land was encroached by others. Now, at last, in 2008, the People's Education Society has built a monastery and training school for Monks at the campus of Nagasena High School at Bangalore in the vicinity of the two prestigious institutions, namely, Raman Institute and Indian Institute of Science.

All other religions are bothering themselves with God and Soul and Life after Death. Buddhism teaches Prajna (understanding as against superstition and supernaturalism). It teaches Karuna (love).

It teaches Samata (equality). This is what man wants for a good and happy life on earth.

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