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Indian Response to Christianity, Church and Colonialism

Case of Pandita Ramabai

Meera Kosambi (1939-2015) was a sociologist who wrote on various subjects ranging from feminist history to urban ecology. We re-publish a Special Article written by her, on her definitive and well-recognised study of the 19th century Indian reformer Pandita Ramabai.

Abstract of the Article: Pandita Ramabai's relationship with Christianity was a long and complex one influenced by many factors. On the one hand was dissillusionment with Hinduism, on the other, the attraction of a faith which promised salvationto all without discrimination. Ramabai saw her own conversion as a protest against the inherent discrimination against women in Hinduism, a protest which remained a personal statement without developing into a social protest.This article attempts to view Ramabai's conversion to Christianity and her later life in a socio-temporal frame whose contours were shaped by British political, cultural and racial supremacy. 

 

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