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The Builders

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195693553
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080328 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0005
The Builders

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The establishment of British rule brought India in direct contact with Christianity and English education which led to fresh awakening. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the emergence of great rational minds and an enormous urge for freedom characterized the Indian scene. The era, which, in historical terms, commenced with Raja Rammohan Roy of Bengal, heralded a major attitudinal change among the people of India. The unequal society that had been built in India over the ages needed to be changed in favour of equality and giving people a greater say in religious, political, and economic systems. The contribution of three leaders is indeed of great historical value: Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941); Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902); and Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948). Each one grew to become a formidable figure in his sphere of human activity: Gurudev Tagore in literature, Swami Vivekananda in religion, and Mahatma Gandhi in politics.

Keywords: Swami Vivekananda; Mahatma Gandhi; Rabindranath Tagore; English education; religion; politics; literature; Raja Rammohan Roy; British rule

Chapter.  11493 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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