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Rammohun Roy: A Critical Biography by Amiya P Sen

Rammohun Roy: A Critical Biography by Amiya P Sen

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A short but scholarly study of one of the great reformers of modern India!

Selling Points: Written lucidly and accessibly – for the common reader. There is a full bibliography in the end for those who wish to know more about Rammohun and his times. Gives a well-rounded sense of the man Rammohun and takes the focus away from the only thing he is now remembered for the abolition of Sati. Uses sources and documents in Bengali that most Rammohun scholars have not used so far.

The Book: Raja Rammohun Roy (1774-1833) was a great champion of liberty and civil rights in colonial India. He was also a true cosmopolitan who envisioned a world without borders. A tireless crusader for religious and social reform, Rammohun attempted a progressive reinterpretation of Hinduism and tried to improve the lot of socially marginalized groups such as women. Yet, in spite of his lofty public presence, Rammohun was a hugely controversial figure. He shocked the Hindu orthodox by his support to the abolition of sati, offended evangelists by separating the moral message of Christ from the purely theological, and was often dragged into legal disputes over family property. By the time of his death in Bristol, he was as much resented as respected, both at home and abroad. Using relatively unexplored sources, this elegant and accessible new biography by Amiya P. Sen paints a fascinating portrait of one of the legendary makers of modern India.

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