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Introduction

Amiya P. Sen

in Hindu Revivalism in Bengal c.1872-1905

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780195655391
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080625 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195655391.003.0001
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This introduction explains the theme of this volume, which is about Hindu revivalism in Bengal from 1872 to 1905. The book aims at reconstructing the life and work of some relatively unfamiliar but by no means unimportant figures like the Sanskritist pundit Sasadhar Tarkachudamani, the fiery Hindu missionary Krishna Prosonno Sen, and three of the major writers for the orthodox Bengali weekly Bangabasi. This chapter evaluates whether revivalism is a valid expression and discusses the politics and problem of definition associated with the history of Hindu revivalism. It also highlights the relevance of the Brahmo Marriage Bill and Consent Bill controversies to Hindu revivalism.

Keywords: Hindu revivalism; Bengal; Sasadhar Tarkachudamani; Hindu missionary; Krishna Prosonno Sen; Bangabasi; Brahmo Marriage Bill; Consent Bill

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Subjects: Hinduism

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