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2020, Vol. 2, Issue 2, Part A

Socio-religious reform movements in British colonial India


Author(s): Dr. Sanjeev Kumar

Abstract: The Indian society in the first half of the 19th century was caste ridden, decadent and rigid. It followed certain practices which are not in keeping with humanitarian feelings or values but were still being followed in the name of religion. A change was therefore needed in society. When the British came to India they introduced the English language as well as certain modern ideas. These ideas were those of liberty, social and economic equality, fraternity, democracy and justice which had a tremendous impact on Indian society. Several contemporary groups, collectively termed social reform movements, strive to introduce regeneration and reform in India. Although these movements vary individually in their specific philosophies they generally stress the spiritual, secular, logical and scientific aspects of the Vedic traditions, creating a form that is egalitarian that does not discriminate Jati (caste or sub caste), gender, or race. Article emphasis on Modern socio-religious reform movements emerged in the 19th century India with the impact of the West on the East and the interaction between Christianity and Hinduism, and as a challenge and response to this impact and the inter-religious encounter.

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Dr. Sanjeev Kumar. Socio-religious reform movements in British colonial India. Int J Hist 2020;2(2):38-45.
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