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Charles Allen

Charles Allen

Charles AllenCharles Allen was born in India, where six generations of his family served under the British Raj. He established his reputation with his celebrated oral histories, broadcast on BBC Radio and published as Plain Tales from the Raj, Tales from the Dark Continent and Tales from the South China Seas. Among his other publications are: Soldier Sahibs: The Men Who Made the North-West Frontier, Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kiping and Ashoka: The Search for India’s Lost Emperor.


The Buddha and the SahibsThe Buddha and the Sahibs
The men who discovered India’s lost religion

By Charles Allen
Read by Sam Dastor
12 hours 17 minutes

Sam Dastor

For nearly 1000 years, from the destruction of temples and monasteries by Muslim invaders in the 11th and 12th centuries, followed by Hinduism’s increasing power, Buddhism vanished from the country of its origin. Though hugely influential throughout Asia, the religion was forgotten in India. Continue Reading →