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Raja Ram Mohan Roy birth anniversary: Meet the man who worked to abolish Sati and Child Marriage

Raja Ram Mohan Roy born on May 22, 1772 and was one of the founders of Brahmo Samaj who was given the title of Raja by Akbar ll, the Mughal emperor. 

Considered to be the “Father of the Bengal Renaissance”, he took stringent efforts to abolish the practises of sati and child marriage.

Here are a real facts from Raja Ram Mohan Roy’s life:

1. Born in Radhanagar, Hooghly District, Bengal Presidency, Raja Ram Mohan Roy was married three times. While his first wife and second wife died in 1824 while the third wife outlived him.

2. He integrated the Western Culture with the best features of his own country’s traditions and established a number of schools to popularise a modern system of education in India replacing Sanskrit based education with English based education.

3. He was one of the first who took efforts to estimate how much money was being taken out of India and to where it was disappearing.

4. In 1830, Raja Ram Mohan Roy travelled to the United Kingdom as an ambassador of the Mughal Empire to ensure that Lord William Bentinck’s Bengal Sati Regulation, 1829 banning the practice of Sati was not overturned.

5. He passed away on 27 September 1833 of meningitis at Stapleton and was buried in the Arnos Vale Cemetery in Southern Bristol.

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