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Rammohun Roy
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Rammohun Roy was the first inter­nationally known Indian intellectual of modern times. His was the first attempt to present to Hindus and non-Hindus a construction of the true Hinduism, contrasted with what he found false in Hindu belief and practice. Seeing a causal link between belief and morality, he upheld monotheism, rejected images and myths, and promoted social reform, attacking caste distinctions and the oppression of women. He founded the Brahmo Sabha or Brahmo …

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Killingley, Dermot H., “Rammohun Roy”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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