At the stroke of midnight on 14th August, 1947, India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru delivered the historic speech Tryst with Destiny. The speech resonated with fellow countrymen, for that night marked the end of the British rule in the country after 200 years. It was the beginning of a new era, an independent India. But this freedom had not come easy. For two whole centuries, men and women of the Indian subcontinent went to great lengths to free the nation from the British.
Soulveda salutes the heroes who may not have fought with a gun or a sword, but certainly brought about a revolution in the country, even as the struggle for freedom was on. They were catalysts of change—social reformers, educationists, thinkers and activists who heralded a wave of change for a modern India.
Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the reformer
When the British set foot in India, they brought with them their culture and education, which deeply influenced the people of India. With the advent of the British system of education, Indians began to question ancient social evils–the tradition of sati, child marriage, female infanticide and casteism–that plagued the society. Hence, the need for social and religious reforms arose. This period in the country’s history came to be known as the era of Indian Renaissance. Social reformer Raja Ram Mohan Roy, who spearheaded this social awakening, came to be known as the father of Indian Renaissance. Roy fought relentlessly against these evil social practices. He ended the menace of sati and proved to be the saviour of many widows of the time.