Raja Ram Mohan Roy, a great reformer, thinker, so much ahead of his times, one of the makers of modern India, a versatile personality and the founder of the Brahma-Samaj was born on 22nd May, 1772 in Radhanagar, a village in West Bengal.

When this so remarkable man was born there was an all-round decline in all walks of life. The law and order was in shambles, moral values, social concerns and religious institutions were at their lowest and the economy in a chaos. It was a time when the whole country was drowned in many superstitions, dead and useless rituals and caste, creed, and religious narrowness reigned supreme. It was a time when women were looked upon as helpless creatures worthy only to be confined to homes and hearths.

Ram Mohan Roy came with his scientific temper, broad outlook, championship of freedom, liberal and fundamental reforms and harbinger of equality and humanism. He thought differently and much ahead of his times. His ideas, ideals and practices helped a lot in the reawakening and renaissance in the country.

His dynamism and personal charismatic charm made people in thousand to rally behind him for fundamental reforms in religion, society, politics, education and personal life. He virtually caused to dawn a new era of enlightenment and reawakening.

Ram Mohan Roy’s father, Rama Kant Roy was a wealthy landlord. He sent his son Ram Mohan to the village school for his elementary education where the young boy learnt Arabic and Persian besides his mother tongue Bengali.

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