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Hinduism - Who Was Madan Mohan Malviya?


Madan Mohan Malviya was a Hindu activist and the founder of the Benares Hindu University from 1861 until 1946.

Malviya was a member of the first generation of Hindus who sought to retake India from British control; these men were highly educated, politically engaged, and devoted to traditional Hindu culture.

Benares Hindu University was established in 1916 with the goal of preserving Hindu cultural and philosophical traditions while also educating students in science and preparing them for the contemporary world.

Aside from his educational efforts, Malviya organized and supported Hindu religious concerns, including a prohibition on cow slaughter and resistance to a planned dam on the Ganges River at Haridwar, the Hindu pilgrimage city.

Because the project would have impeded the Ganges' free flow, he spent most of 1914 and 1916 rallying opposition in the hopes of reaching an agreement with the government.

See M. A. Parmanand's Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya, 1985, for a shining description of his life.

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