Vivekananda and Gandhi the Podium from Two opposite Platforms Religion and Politics

  • Dr Manju Bala (Asst. Professor) Deptt. Of Mathematics (S.V. PG College, Aligarh)


Both Vivekananda and Gandhi were very much aware of the social, moral and religious degradation of their country in the late nineteenth century. Even before them, the great Hindu reformists, Raja Ram Mohan Roy—the founder of the Brahmo Samaj, and Dayanand Saraswati—the founder of the Arya Samaj, had taken revolutionary steps to introduce drastic reforms such as widow remarriage, the abolition of child marriages, and of the custom of “suttee” (in which a widow was encouraged, and sometimes even forced, to immolate herself on the funeral pyre of her deceased husband).


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