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Achyut Dattatreya Pusalkar – Renowned Indologist

Achyut Dattatreya Pusalkar (November 22, 1905 – June 6, 1973) was a renowned Indologist. Ancient Indian history, epics and puranas, and archeology were the fields of his special contribution. His studies on the Epics and Puranas of India are an authoritative work on the subject.

He worked with R.C.Majumdar as assistant editor for the History and Culture of Indian People series of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai and edited six volumes, also contributing many chapters on a wide-ranging variety of subjects. 
  • He edited Bharatiya Vidya (1944-57). 
  • He was joint editor (1959-71) of Annals of the Bhandarkar Research Institute, Pune. 
  • He live in Kolkata for some years as an editor of some volumes of The Cultural Heritage of India, a publication of the Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata. 
  • He served as the Director of the Post-graduate and Research Department of Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI). 
  • He published six books, including Swami Vivekananda – A Patriot Saint of Modern India and contributed more than a hundred research papers and more than seventy review articles to various national and international journals. 
In recognition of his distinguished services in Sanskrit learning, he was awarded a certificate of Honor by the President Of India.

Achyut Dattatreya Pusalkar didi his MA from Bombay University, winning various prestigious prizes including the Jayakar Gold Medal. He worked for his PH.D. under Dr V.S.Suktankar on Bhasha: A Study.

Pusalkar was a spiritually oriented person, a distinguished scholar, a prolific writer, and a very unassuming, selfless, kind-hearted gentleman. He remained a bachelor, dedicating his whole life to learning.

Notes Taken from Encyclopedia of Hinduism Volume VIII - page 348 - IHRF