Author: Subal Chandra MitraForeword/Introduction: R.C. DuttPublisher: RupaYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 537ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788129113221
Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar (b 1820) was one of India's greatest intellectuals and activists of the nineteenth century. He was born into a poor Brahmin family and faced poverty all through his life. He was known variously as an educator, academic, philosopher, reformer and philanthropist. He started his career as the principal of Fort William College at age twenty-one and then joined Sanskrit College in 1850 and became Principal the following year.Through his writings, Vidyasagar raised many questions about the various ills that permeated society like early marriage and polygamy. He advocated widow-remarriage all through his life and was considered one of the greatest pillars of the Bengal Renaissance. There is a good biography of the late Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar in Bengali language; but the fame of this venerable pundit is not confined to Bengal. All India claims him as one of the greatest and most earnest workers of the nineteenth century; and there were few Englishmen of the past generation who did not appreciate the high character and the distinguished services of that true-hearted Indian.Vidyasagar will always fill a unique place in Indian history. Raja Ram Mohan Roy represented the new aspirations and the earnest work of the first generation of his countrymen in the nineteenth century; Pundit Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar reflected their arduous endeavors in the second. English rule and English education had powerful and far reaching influences which called forth new ideas and new efforts from the people. Ram Mohan Roy responded to these influences in the commencement of the century; Isvar Chandra, during the next thirty years.
PrefaceIntroduction1. Birth and Ancestry2. Childhood and Early Instruction3. Advent to Calcutta4. Admission into Sanskrit College5. Marriage and Subsequent Studies6. Further Studies-Conclusion of School Life7. Entrance into the World: First Appointment8. Continuance in Fort William College9. His First Bengali Work: The Vasudeva-Charita10. First Appointment in Sanskrit College11. Vetala-Panchavingsati, His first Published Book Re-Entrance into Fort William College12. Re-Entrance into Service of the Sanskrit College13. Principal of Sanskrit College14. Principal of the Sanskrit College Female Education15. Principal of The Sanskrit College and Special Inspector of Schools16. Re Marriage of Hindu Widows17. Retirement from Public Service18. The Sanskrit Press Depository19. The Hindoo Patriot20. Michael M. Datta21. Ward’s Institution22. The Metropolitan Institution23. Bethune School24. The Great Famine25. Disasters and troubles26. Labour of Love in Burdwan27. Desertion of Ancestral Home28. Loss of Mother29. Polygamy30. Disasters Again31. The Shoe Question32. Loss of Father33. Loss of Consort34. The Age of Consent Bill35. Departure from the World36. TerminationCharactersketch