Topic: Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
7) Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a tireless social reformer who revived interest in the ethical principles of the Vedanta school as a counterpoise to the Western assault on Indian culture. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
The question is related to GS 4 syllabus under the following heading-
Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to discuss in detail about the achievements of the first modern man of India. It wants us to describe his work on Vedanta and how he aimed to develop it as a counterpoise to Western schools.
Comment- we have to form a personal opinion on the issue. We have to provide necessary arguments/ facts/ examples in support of our opinion.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– give a brief introduction about Raja Ram Mohan Roy and his contribution towards the Indian society.
Body– Discuss the concept of neo-vedanta and how yoga emerged from it along with fruitful comparison vs Western philosophy. Mention his other works like the essay on Vedantasara, his book- a gift to monotheism, his beradar (brother) groups, his another book- The Precepts of Jesus: The Guide to Peace and Happiness etc.
Conclusion– Form a fair and concise conclusion based on the above discussion.