Shashi Tharoor on rebuilding The Nalanda

Founded in 427 A.D. by Buddhist monks at the time of Kumaragupta I (415-455 A.D.), Nalanda was an extraordinary centre of learning for seven centuries.

At its peak, Nalanda played host to more than 10,000 students — not just Buddhists, but of various religious traditions — and its education, provided in its heyday by 2,000 world-renowned professors, was completely free.

If we are to rebuild it 800 years later, we will need not just money but the will to excellence, not just a physical plant but a determined spirit.

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