Raja Ram Mohan Roy Birth Anniv: Naveen Pays Tribute To “Father of the Indian Renaissance”

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik paid humble tributes to “Father of the Indian Renaissance” Raja Ram Mohan Roy on his birth anniversary.

Taking to Twitter, PAtnaik described the leader as a “champion of women’s rights”.

Known for his efforts towards abolishing sati and child marriage, the ‘Father of the Indian Renaissance’, Ram Mohan Roy, who was born on May 22, 1772, was bestowed with the title of Raja by Akbar II, the Mughal emperor. The founder of the Brahmo Samaj in 1828, Roy was born into a Vaishnavite family in Radhanagar Hoogly and would go on to revive the ethical principles of the Vedanta school of philosophy as written about in the Upanishads.

His most significant contribution as a social engineer was towards women’s rights. Nearly 200 years ago, when evils like — Sati — plagued the society.

Roy fought to abolish the practice of Sati. He established a number of schools to popularise a modern education system in India.

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