India in the early 1800s was a complex society conflicting between different religious, cultural, intellectual ideologies. The end of the Mughal era and the beginning of the British strong hold gave rise to various upheavals and reforms within the Indian subcontinent. Especially, the Bengal region was torn between two ideologies, one which came from their orthodox traditional Brahmin heritage and other with education & working with the British government. The social-political changes gave rise to significant Bengali renaissance which had a great impact on the lives of commoners. Raja Ram Mohan Roy, was one of the pioneers amongst the people responsible for bringing upon major social changes. A man with an extremely sharp intellect and a clear vision, he single handedly worked against abolishing the practice of “Sati”. His entire life is filled with work and initiatives which are inspirational and relevant even in this age. Read on to know more at EliteColumn.