Rajah Rammohun Roy event in Bristol, UK on 27th Sep 2015

Rajah Rammohun Roy event in Bristol, UK on 27th Sep 2015

Socio And Political Analysis Research Centre (SPARC) UK EUROPE team has participated in the RAJAH DAY (Celebrating the life of Rajah Rammohun Roy)...

Socio And Political Analysis Research Centre (SPARC) UK EUROPE team has participated in the RAJAH DAY (Celebrating the life of Rajah Rammohun Roy) organized by Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and Bristol City Council, held at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, UK on 27th Sep 2015.

Rajah Rammohun Roy born on 22 May 1772 was a founder (along with Dwarkanath Tagore and other Bengali Brahmins) of the Brahmo Sabha movement in 1828 which engendered the Brahmo Samaj, an influential Bengali socio-religious reform movement. He is best known for his efforts to establish the abolishment of the practice of Sati, the Hindu funeral practice in which the widow was compelled to sacrifice herself on her husband’s funeral pyre in some parts of the Bengal.

Along with his social reformation work the Rajah opened three newspapers in Calcutta, he advised Lord Bentinck on how and why to outlaw Sati (Sati Sahagamanam), and consistently lobbied for legal and social reforms for his people. He came to London to offer more advice to Parliament here on the rule of the East India Co. in India.

"The Father of Modern India" the Rajah, who died in Bristol on 27 Sep 1833, and whose Chattri (The memorial) is a national landmark within the grounds of Arnos Vale, was a social reformer from Bengal (India) in spheres such as law, theology, and women's rights.

Cllr. Clare Campion-Smith, The Lord Mayor of Bristol opened the RAJAH DAY event proceedings and spoke about the Rajah and his work for women's rights followed by the laying of flowers.

Representatives from Brahmo Samaaj, London came to Bristol and performed Brahmo Hymn and Prayer.

In Anglican Chapel, there was talk from speaker Prof. Chandak Sengoopta (Birbeck College, London), Swagata Ghosh from Bath Spa University presented a wonderful video on Rajah, Rajah's Legacy and the chattri.

Quentin Alder (Arnos Vale Cemetery Trustee and eminent architect) explained the architecture and the current condition of the Chattri.

Carla Contractor, trustee at Arnos Vale and recognised expert in the life of Rajah Rammohun Roy said: "The Rajah was an extraordinary man in so many fields: a humanist, a farsighted reformer of political , legal and social matters, a man of deep faith and tolerance who was well versed in the faiths of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism". Also, Carla mentioned about Mary Carpenter's, an English educational and social reformer, meeting with Rajah Rammohun Roy in 1833.

Mr. Sunil Kumar, First Secretrary (Coordination), High Commission of India (London), Dr. Ian Campion-Smith, The Lord Mayor’s Consort, other prominent personalities and Rajah Rammohun Roy's admirers from Bristol and USA attended the event.

SPARC founders Srinivas Neelam (Bristol), Dushyanth Jyothi (Cambridge) and Madhav, Adithya Alladi (London) and other senior members from all over UK/Europe are recollected the remarkable steps taken by Rajah Rammohun Roy towards social reforms from which he was later regarded as 'The Father of the Indian Renaissance'.

Mr. Srinivas Neelam and SPARC UK EUROPE Team has extended special thanks to Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust and Bristol City Council for organizing such a grand tribute event to the greatest social reformer in the modern era.
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