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On birth anniversary of Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Dear Madam,
Raja Ram Mohan Roy, who first took India to the road to modernity, was born on 22 May 1772. He was the embodiment of the golden middle way. When the Eastern extremes equated orthodoxy, prejudices, and superstitions with their identity and the Western extremes took liquor and licentiousness for liberty, he followed the golden middle way. He was against blind clinging to India’s own past or aping of the West. He founded the Brahmo Samaj. Again, it was a middle way and a synthesis of reason, the Vedas, Upanishads, and the teachings of other religions. He had a life-long crusade for women’s right to inheritance and property and against sati, polygamy, and casteism.
Sujit De, Kolkata

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