Keshab Chandra Sen

Keshab Chandra Sen

Keshab Chandra Sen was born on 19 November 1838 in kolkata. His grandfather was Ramkamal Sen (1783–1844), a well known pro-sathi Hindu activist and lifelong opponent of Ram Mohan Roy.  He had his education from Hindu college. He was involved with the activities of the British Indian Association in his early life.  He joined the Brahmo Samaj in 1857 and was considered to be youthful entity of the movement.His activities included:

  • During this time in 1860, the Sangat Sabha was established – which was a society of fellow believers to promote mutual spiritual intercourse amongst its members. This sabha sowed the seeds of new Brahmoism in syncretism with tenets of Christianity so as to form a truly universal religion. Thus he significantly enlarged brahmoism and made it more inclusive.
  • He along with the Brahmo Samaj of India, toiled with due diligence on the upliftment of girls and their education.
  • In 1862 Sen helped found the Albert College and were also instrumental in the launching of the Bethune College for ladies and a number of schools in general.
  • He was also spread the goodwill of their philosophy by extensively travelling all over india especially in the south and also through the paper “dharma tattwa” and the weekly ”Indian Mirror”.
  • He also created a syncretic religious philosophy called the “The New Dispensation” which promoted a fraternity, love and also chastised the evils that persisted and enunciated the ideology “God is Conscience” . He also started “Indian Reform Association”.
  • He was also considered close to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and also incorporated his ideologies.

Thus he was a social as well as a religious reformer who invoked rationalism and spread education among the indians especially the Bengalis which laid a groundwork for further reformers and nationalist.

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