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Dalai hope for Vikramshila

All hopes now rest with the Dalai Lama for including the half-excavated site of Vikramshila Mahavihara in the Buddhist circuit.

Nishikant Dubey, the BJP MP from Godda in Jharkhand, is scheduled to meet the spiritual leader at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh on May 20. Dubey, a native of Bhavanipur in Kahalgaon, has always been in the forefront for revival of the lost glory of the ancient university.

During his meeting on May 20, Dubey would request the Dalai Lama for his intervention so that the ruins of the ancient seat of learning could be placed in the world tourist map.

Dubey told The Telegraph: “I have already forwarded the extracts of the historical research regarding the links of Buddhist scholar Atish Dipankar Shrigyan with Tibet. I have also requested the Dalai Lama to be the brand ambassador of the Mahavihara and would urge him to take the cause of this ancient varsity.”

Buddhist followers all over the world consider Vikramshila as the most peaceful and sacred place because Atish Dipankar spent most of his time to spread the entire legacy of Buddhism to the other parts of the world.

He was the Mahavihara principal and the Dalai Lama was his follower, Dubey claimed. He added: “On the basis of the research done by eminent scholars from Cambridge and other reputable universities, it has been already been established that Vikramshila used to guide the learning course of the Nalanda varsity.”

He also lambasted the state government for its failure in including the site in the Buddhist circuit. “Had the government taken an initiative to include the site in the Buddhist circuit, it would have received Rs 40 crores fund from the centre,” Dubey said.