It was his firm opinion that English-language education was much better than the traditional Indian education system, and he opposed the grant of government funds to support schools teaching Sanskrit.
In 1822, he started a school based on the Western scheme of education.
In his newspapers, treatises, and books, Roy tirelessly criticized what he saw as the idolatry and superstition of traditional Hinduism.
He denounced the caste system and attacked the custom of suttee (ritual burning of widows upon the funeral pyres of their deceased husbands).
Ram Mohan Roy, Ram Mohan also spelled Rammohun, Rammohan, or Ram Mohun, (born May 22, 1772, Radhanagar, Bengal, India—died September 27, 1833, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England), Indian religious, social, and educational reformer who challenged traditional Hindu culture and indicated lines of progress for Indian society under British rule.
He is sometimes called the father of modern India.).He became interested in Christianity and learned Hebrew and Greek in order to read the Old ( In 1823, when the British imposed censorship upon the Calcutta (Kolkata) press, Roy, as founder and editor of two of India’s earliest weekly newspapers, organized a protest, arguing in favour of freedom of speech and religion as natural rights.That protest marked a turning point in Roy’s life, away from preoccupation with religious polemic and toward social and political action.Roy supported himself by moneylending, managing his small estates, and speculating in British East India Company bonds.In 1805 he was employed by John Digby, a lower company official who introduced him to Western culture and literature.The Brahmo Samaj was to play an important part, later in the century, as a Hindu movement of reform.In 1829 Roy journeyed to England as the unofficial representative of the titular king of Delhi.Raja Ram Mohan Roy was the founder of the Brahmo Samaj and is known as the Father of the Bengal Renaissance.Born in Radhanagore, West Bengal on May 22, 1772, he is most well-known for his efforts to abolish the evil practice of sati.Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work!