Brahmo Samaj

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Amiya P. Sen
Vidyasagar has been consistently charged with entertaining agnostic or atheistic ideas. While he never gave up his sacred thread, had a high regard for certain Brahmanical rites and for Brahmanhood in general, but little patience for specific daily rituals. Here, we look at Vidyasagar’s…
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Amiya P. Sen
Sri Ramakrishna’s appeal as a religious figure is well known to all Bengali Hindus. Sahapedia attempts to explain this popularity and the enduring appeal of his words. (Photo Courtesy: Author Abinash Chandra Dna. In Wikimedia original uploader was Sray at en.wikipedia [Public domain])   Of the…
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Prof. Basu talks about the social understanding of caste as an agency and institution of social divisions in the colonial times as well as in the post-colonial state.
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Anirban Bandyopadhyay
  The caste question in West Bengal (and Bengal before 1947) is unique. It resonates with the conventional perspectives on caste in history and politics in India since the nineteenth century as much as it diverges from them. While there are many important perspectives on caste in Indian history and…
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Neha Chatterjee
  In 1879, Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay, the leading public intellectual of the day, published an essay titled ‘Samya’, meaning ‘equality’ in Bengali. There he stated that of all the artificial and unnatural differences that men created between men, the institution of caste hierarchy in India was,…
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Rajarshi Chunder
This module explores how the institution of caste has been used to understand Indian society since the mid-19th century. The overview article is on Rabindranath Tagore's ideas and opinions about caste; allied articles focus on perceptions of caste by the literati of 19th-century Bengal and on the …
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Chandak Sengoopta
  Satyajit Ray (1921–92) is no longer the only Indian filmmaker the world has heard of, but he remains the best-known. Ray’s international reputation, however, does not adequately reflect the complexities and ideological nuances of his films.  Initially hailed as an Indian incarnation of Robert…
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Judhajit Sarkar
The Charak[1]  Festival of Kolikata (Kolkata) Tunoya says, ‘The city teaches you Kotwali’.[2] Tunoya’s Tappa[3]   Drum-beats can be heard in all four corners of the city of Calcutta, the chorki’s[4] back itches; ironsmiths prepare baan, dashlaki, kanta and bonti, various pointed and sharp…
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