Chapter 5


1. Calcutta Journal, 5 April 1823. Cited in J. K Majumdar, Raja Rammohan Roy and the Progressive Movements in India. A Selection from Records (Calcutta: Art Press, 1941), pp. 320–21.

2. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Jatibair’ [Racial Animosity] in Bankim Rachanavali, Vol. 2 [Collected Works of Bankim Chandra] (ed.) J. C. Bagal (Calcutta: Sahitya Samsad, 1974). pp. 884–85.

3. Some of his opponents accused him of immorally cohabiting with a Muslim mistress and of partaking all kinds of ‘un-Hindu’ food. Debendranath Tagore, Rabindranath’s father, recalled Rammohan once complaining to him in the following words: ‘Biradar, here I am eating pure bread and honey but people say I eat beef ’. ‘Debendranath Tagore: Reminiscences of Rammohan ...

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