Hindu Revivalism in Bengal 1872-1905: Some Essays in Interpretation

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This study breaks fresh ground by way of discussing two important social controversies in nineteenth-century Bengal, namely, the Brahmo Marriage Bill and the Age of Consent Bill. The period under study covers the thirty years between the Brahmo Marriage Bill and the start of the anti-Partition agitation. This is one of the most fascinating yet under-researched periods in the history of modern Bengal. It was a period during which community identities were formulated and reformulated to the extent of considerably ...
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This study breaks fresh ground by way of discussing two important social controversies in nineteenth-century Bengal, namely, the Brahmo Marriage Bill and the Age of Consent Bill. The period under study covers the thirty years between the Brahmo Marriage Bill and the start of the anti-Partition agitation. This is one of the most fascinating yet under-researched periods in the history of modern Bengal. It was a period during which community identities were formulated and reformulated to the extent of considerably older, syncretic lifestyles.
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"Amiya P. Sen's detailed analysis of Hindu culture-builders in late-nineteenth-century Bengal is surely among the most important contributions to the historiography of the Bengal Renaissance in at least a generation."--American Historical Review

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195631401
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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University of Delhi
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Hindu-Brahmo Relations (1870-1905): An Enquiry into Some Aspects of Community Identities in Late Nineteenth Century Bengal 25
Ch. 3 Hindu Revivalism at the Crossroads - Reaction and Reappraisal in the New Bengali Press and Literature (c. 1872-1894) 81
Ch. 4 Their Finest Hour: Hindu Revivalism and Aggressive Propaganda Through the Press and Platform (c. 1880-1905) 203
Ch. 5 Vedanta and the Revitalization of Indian Life 285
Ch. 6 The Hour of Reckoning: Orthodox Hinduism and the Age of Consent Bill Controversy in Bengal (c. 1890-1892) 363
Ch. 7 Conclusion 401
Appendix A (Part I): List of Important Protest Meetings held during the Age of Consent Bill agitation in selected areas of India (1891) 415
Appendix A (Part II): Table showing distribution of infant marriages among Hindus and Muslims of age group 0-10 in Bengal between 1881 and 1901 (Number per 1,000 who are married) 426
Appendix B (Part I): Dharma Mandali (Prospectus) 427
Appendix B (Part II): Managing Committee of the Dharma Mandali (1893) A select list of donors to the Dharma Mandali 430
Appendix C (Part I): Bharatvarshiya Arya Dharma Procharini Sabha (Prospectus) 431
Appendix C (Part II): Managing Committee of the Bharatvarshiya Arya Dharma Procharini Sabha (1881) 433
Appendix C (Part III): A random list of contributors to the Bharatvarshiya Arya Dharma Procharini Sabha (including donors to the Ved Vidyalaya and Sanskrit Studies) 434
Appendix C (Part IV): List of Agents for the monthly journal Dharmaprocharak (as in 1885) 435
Bibliography 437
Index 451
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