Indian linguistDied when: 70 years 5 days (840 months)
Star Sign: Aries
Rahul Sankrityayan (born Kedarnath Pandey; 9 April 1893 – 14 April 1963) was an Indian writer and a polyglot who wrote in Hindi.He played a pivotal role in giving travelogue a 'literary form'.
He was one of the most widely travelled scholars of India, spending forty-five years of his life on travels away from his home.
He became a Buddhist monk (Bhikkhu) and eventually became a Marxist.Sankrityayan was an Indian patriot, having been arrested and jailed for three years for his anti-British writings and speeches.
He is referred to as the 'Greatest Scholar' for his scholarship.He was a polymath and polyglot.The Government of India awarded him the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1963.