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Google Doodle Pays Tribute To ‘Father of Modern India’ Raja Ram Mohan Roy

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| May 22 , 2018 , 14:05 IST

Google celebrated Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s birth anniversary on Tuesday by paying a tribute to him with a doodle.

Roy, the founder of the Brahmo Samaj was born on May 22, 1722, in a Brahmin Family. It was Raja Ram Mohan Roy who abolished the evil practice of Sati and took the stand for the rights of women and fights against the narrow-minded and orthodox mentality. It was he who founded the Brahmo Samaj, an influential social-religious reform movement, in 1828 which played a major role in the framing and construction of Modern India.

The doodle, designed by Toronto-based designer Beena Mistry, remembers the 246th birth anniversary of the 'father of the Indian Renaissance'. 

 

According to the Brahmo Samaj, as a nationalist reformer, Ram Mohan Roy had a three-fold mission, “As a Hindu Reformer, he gave a Unitarian reaction of the Hindu Shastras from the Vedanta and the Mahanirvana Tantra. As a Muslim defender of the faith, he wrote the Tuhfat-Ul-Muwahhiddin and the Monozeautul Adiyan, which were polemical works, and as a Christian, he gave a Unitarian version of the entire body of scriptures, old and new, in his controversies with the Christian Missionaries.”

Widely known as the 'Maker of Modern India', Roy established numerous schools across the country to frame a modern education system in India and fought to abolish the practice of Sati. He also travelled to the UK as an ambassador of the Mughal Empire to ensure that Lord William Bentinck's 1829 Bengal Sati Regulation that banned the practice of Sati was not overturned. 

In his first book, 'Tuhfat al-muwahhidin', he advocated for reason in religion and opposed ritualism.