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2) Discuss the role of Sri Narayana Guru in social reforms in India. (250 words)

Topic- Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

2) Discuss the role of Sri Narayana Guru in social reforms in India. (250 words)


Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail about the role and contribution of Sri Narayana Guru, as a social reformer in India.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the  Sri Narayana Guru. e.g Sree Narayana Guru was a great saint, scholar, philosopher, poet, and the forerunner of social renaissance in Kerala. Sree Narayana Guru was born in 1856 in a middle class peasant family of the then untouchable Ezhava caste,in Thiruvananthapuram.  


Discuss in points, the role played by Sri Narayana Guru as a social reformer in India. E.g Even as a child he had strong abhorrence toward the caste distinctions and untouchability and he always protested against injustice; he himself consecrated a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Aruvippuram in 1888. When questioned by the Brahmins, he replied that he had consecrated a Shiva belonging to his community. The irony of the message was very clear – how could Shiva be owned by any particular community? It was a strong warning to the upper castes and a bold proclamation that everyone irrespective of his caste or religion has the right to realize God; He opened a Sanskrit school at Sivagiri to teach poor students, irrespective of their caste;He believed that other than the freedom from the curse of untouchability, the downtrodden classes needed education and wealth. They needed opportunities to improve like others. He was a real Karma Yogi and his whole life was dedicated for the betterment of the suppressed etc.

Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.