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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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Amiya P. Sen is currently Professor of Modern Indian History and the Hony. Director to the Centre for Comparative Study in Religion and Civilizations, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has been Agatha Harrison Fellow at the University of Oxford and Visiting Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, and the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. For a brief period, he was also Tagore Professor at Rabindra Bhavan, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan. Sens research interests relate to the intellectual and cultural history of modern India. He has published extensively with OUP, Penguin-Viking, Permanent Black and Primus Books.
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