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Rammohun Roy and the Fostering of Democratic Ideals in the Nineteenth Century

Abhisek Karmakar.

Abstract
The historical inauguration of democracy in a traditional society like India; it’s remarkable resilience
despite being riddled with a number of anomalies or peculiarities; it’s incredible journey and its relative success
since 1950s have always been a source of attraction to the academia. Democracy in India, has often been dubbed
with phrases like ‘a puzzle’, ‘a historical scandal’, ‘peculiar process’, bears a cultural root of rich thought which
began through renaissance or may be termed as post-enlightenment during the early nineteenth century in India,
more specifically in Bengal. General presumption is that the concept of democracy is one of the products of
Western civilization and has been successfully introduced in India. Contrary to this kind of popular belief some
argue that the British did little or almost nothing to promote the growth of democratic institutions in India. They
argue that the Indian nationalists from the nineteenth century onwards successfully appropriated liberal
democratic principles from the United Kingdom and infused them into the context of Indian politics. It was
Rammohun Roy in the early nineteenth century who took significant role in the articulation of liberal and
democratic elements, promotion of political consciousness and the ideals like equality and rights in a society
which was characterized by gigantic social dominance over individual. In the tradition of modern Indian social
and political thought Rammohun had been remained as one of the most debated figures in available literature
which have mostly been suffered from certain misapprehensions. Such texts, often hyperbolically from certain
predispositions projected him as a staunch supporter of British colonial rule, intoxicated to English language and
an advocate of European settlers on the question of trade and commerce. Unlike most of the popular
assumptions about Rammohun the present study seeks to rediscover his thoughts, introspections and actions
through a contextual study based on post-enlightenment framework of knowledge.

Key words: Democracy, Rights, Political Consciousness, Nineteenth century


 
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Abhisek Karmakar (2020) Rammohun Roy and the Fostering of Democratic Ideals in the Nineteenth Century. JCR, 7 (9), 3383-3388. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.517



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Abhisek Karmakar. 2020. Rammohun Roy and the Fostering of Democratic Ideals in the Nineteenth Century. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (9), 3383-3388. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.517



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Abhisek Karmakar. "Rammohun Roy and the Fostering of Democratic Ideals in the Nineteenth Century." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 3383-3388. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.517



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Abhisek Karmakar. "Rammohun Roy and the Fostering of Democratic Ideals in the Nineteenth Century." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.9 (2020), 3383-3388. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.517



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Abhisek Karmakar (2020) Rammohun Roy and the Fostering of Democratic Ideals in the Nineteenth Century. Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (9), 3383-3388. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.09.517