Ram Mohan Roy Biography
Ram Mohan Roy was born into the upper echelons of Bengal's Hindu caste hierarchy on 22nd May 1772 in Radhanagar. He received a varied education that was to prove useful in later years where he published journals in several languages most notably English, Hindi, Persian and Bengali.
In 1828 he founded the Brahmo Sabha movement which was instrumental in both social and religious reform. He campaigned vigorously against the Sati which followed a tradition of widows being sacrificed on the funeral pyre of their dead husbands. He succeeded and the practice of Sati was abolished in 1829.
Ram Mohan Roy's legacy to India was a successful reintroduction of the Vedanta school of philosophy whose pure and ethical principles were a welcome contrast to the excesses of the ruling classes.
The social reform hinduism he promoted and the large number of schools introducing an English education system are a lasting legacy to his great works and achievements.
In 1830 Ram Mohan Roy was appointed an ambassador of the Mughal Empire and travelled to England where he spent a successful 2 years diplomatically taking care of Indian needs back on the Indian sub-continent.
He died of meningitis on 27th September 1833 in Stapleton (just south of Bristol) and he was interred at the Arnos cemetery in Bristol (England).