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Social Activists


Social activists do not belong to any particular professional cult, but they come from all walks of life to bring about some drastic or systematic social changes. These changes concern the transformation of society in relation with social and spiritual upliftment of its inhabitants. India has always been a cradle for social movements and revolutionary decrees.
Many social activists have stepped forward from time to time to question the worth of conventional practices and to light up the darkened corridors of ignorance that typify Indian society in many ways. Luminaries such as Raja Rammohan Roy, Derozio, Swami Vivekananda, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Mother Teresa, Arundhati Roy and others have left their lasting footprints on the making of India. Visit the following websites compiled by www.bestindiansites.com to bone up detailed information on the lives and works of famous social reformers.


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Raja Rammohan Roy was one of the pioneering figures of the Indian renaissance. He inspired other social activists to look into the core issues of the time such as women's liberation, religious pettiness and superstitions. As a social reformer, Raja Rammohan Roy heralded the idea of monotheism and universal humanism to salvage the lost glory of India. His brainchild the Brahmo Samaj propagated the idea of God's singular existence omnipresent and omniscient. The Brahmo Samaj movement did not have faith in the prevalent practice of caste system and idol worship. Find more on the life and works of one of the towering social activists by referring to the link given below.

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If Raja Rammohan Roy is hailed as the maker of modern India, Henry Louis Vivian Derozio can easily be called the maker of a modern Bengal. He revolutionized the art of teaching by laying foundation to a debating society called Young Bengal. Derozio took the idea from Plato's Akademos, a debating society in ancient Greece. Bengal renaissance found its much-needed direction and expression at the hands of Derozio and a number of other scholars-cum-social activists like Michael Madhusudan Datta, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, etc. Visit this web portal to search for an insightful documentation of Bengal renaissance.

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Swami Vivekananda was one of the most authoritative spiritual leaders in the history of the Vedanta and Yoga in India. He proclaimed the idea of duty and prayer to attain redemption of the soul. In case you are on a mission to explore the lives of famous social activists, you have got to visit this web portal once. Find detailed life sketch of the man including his meeting with Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, his assumption of sainthood, his participation in the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago and much more. Click on the following link.

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The man who used to study under the faint shimmer of street lamps rose above his poverty to become one of the forerunners among social activists in India. Yes, that's Pundit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar for you in a nutshell. He was a social reformer, writer, pedagogue and you just name it! Not only did he take a leading role in ensuring education for women, but also fought vehemently against superstitious beliefs and practices. For his unfathomable depth of knowledge, the British authority conferred him with the title 'Vidyasagar', which means 'Ocean of Knowledge'. Visit this website to read up his biography.

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Acknowledge the life of a lady who forsook every material pleasure to serve humanity. Mother Teresa devoted her life for the sake the doomed and the distressed. The message she has left behind for other social activists and reformers cannot be deciphered unless each and every individual of the society feels it mandatory to take the onus of sharing other people's misfortune on their shoulders. This website portrays her biography, famous quotes, interview extracts and fundu facts. Take a look below to salute and honor one of the venerable social activists who transcended geographical barriers to spread the words of peace.

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Get an interesting interview excerpt here as Tehelka reporter Shoma Chaudhury catches up live with Arundhati Roy, the famous columnist-cum-social worker. The talking points centers around the multiplying incidents of violence and bloodsheds across Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand. She doesn't hold herself back a bit in voicing her blunt views on the ill-effects of consumerism and declining nationalism. She also clarifies on her earlier comments as to whether non-violent methods should be adopted to combat violence and duality in justice. She cites some of the movements that have failed to fetch favorable results. Check out the following link for more.



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