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Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar
1820-1891

Pandit Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was a man of action and at the same time an embodiment of the ideal of Prajna (intellect) and Karuna (kindness). His strength of character became proverbial even during his lifetime. He was also a great social reformer and was primarily responsible for the Widow Re-marriage Act-XV of 1856. He also laid the foundation of modern Bengali prose and revolutionized the concept of education in his home State.

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nikunj
Very less personal information about the great man.
Shruti Saboo
Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar was from a very poor family. He became the principal of a Sanskrit college and also opened many schools. He really worked very hard for the upliftment of the women status and supported "WIDOW REMARRIAGE"
Aruj Shah
Pt. Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar encouraged widow remarriage by marrying a widow himself.
Sukesh Roy
Vidysagar encouraged his son to marry a widow and his son did it rather he(Vidyasagar) himself married a widow.
ankit mathur(saharanpur)
This man was born in a poor family in Bengal, in Midnapore district on September 26, 1820. He acquired the title of "Vidyasagar" later in his life meaning, "Ocean of knowledge". He contributed to the upliftment of the society in general. He hardly ever wore good dresses as he gave them when he saw poor men without proper dress. He was a great Sanskrit scholar and a great reformer. He did a lot for the upliftment of women including widow remarriage and their education and child education. He also preached for the remarriage of widows, which was a taboo in those days. In a sense he is the originator of the modern Bengali language
Niraj Upadhyay
Once a small poor child came and begged vidyasagar for money. He asked Vidyasagar for 1 ana. Vidyasagar asked him "what will you do if I give you 2 anas"? The child replied " I will get food for my self and my mother". Vidyasagar again asked " what will you do if I give you 10 annas". The child was really amazed and said I will get food for myself and my mother and also buy medicine for her as she is really sick." Vidyasagar was really happy to see the child's care for his mother. He asked the child again " What will you do if I give you 50 annas"? The child started crying and said "I will buy some fruits and start selling them and again I will never beg anybody" then vidyasagar asked him why are you crying ?? The child replied that no body will give me 50 annas. You must be making fun of me. Then Vidyasagar gave that child 1 rupees. 1 rupees at that time used to be equivalent to 1000 rupees today. That child went on to open a shop and changed his life forever.
AVIT DOSHI
I am doing project on Indian reformers and seek details for Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar.
rahulsharan
In 1885 he was made as the inspector of schools. He started many school for boys and girls under his charge.
ajeet kumar
I want to know about Subhash Chandra Bose, Abdul Gaffar Khan, Ishwarchandra Vidya sagar.
pranav
This is a good website.
govan mehta
Hey I need pics on this great man.
bindu santhosh
Once a man got down at a railway staion and waited for a coolie to carry his luggage. Just then a man came and lifted his luggage to his home. The man thought that the one who carried his luggage was a coolie and tried to give him money for his work but he refused. Later after a few days he saw the same man whom he thought as the coolie was on the stage with garlands around his neck, he gave a very good speech and then he realized that the man on stage was Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, he went and asked forgiveness. Ishwarchandra replied that we should learn to do our simple jobs by ourself.
ashi saxena
He was a great man and did a lot for Indian education.
S.S.REGE
Once while Ishwarchandra was deeply engrossed in his studies his mother approached him with a very tender aged widowed girl& urged him to utilise his knowledge of Hindu scriptures to find some way out to free the widow from the evil shackles of religion. So moved was the humanist in Vidyasagar that he vowed to eradicate the social evil. Thus came the widow remarriage act of 1856 as a legislation.
Manik Sarkar
Vidyasagar was a first-rate linguist . He reconstructed the Bengali alphabet and reformed Bengali typography into an alphabet of twelve vowels and forty consonants.
vijay
Vidyasagar was really like a ocean of kindness.
pavan
I am doing a project. Very less information
MEGHA BANERJEE
When Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar met Shri Ramakrishna Paramahshodev then Thakur (Ramakrishnadeb) said ," Tumi to siddho go, alu,potol jamon siddho, tumio tamon siddho' This statement means that Vidyasagar was very soft like boiled vegetable i.e. his mind was very soft. Here Thakur intended to mean the kind heartedness of Vidyasagar.
GAUTAM GAMBHIR
He was a very great man.
GAUTAM GAMBHIR
He is a very great man.
asim
Being a scholar in sanskrit he was the lover of english literature.
kartik
Vidyasagar's devotion towards his mother was so great that once when his mother told him not to miss his brother's marriage, he swam across a mighty river to cross it and thus was able to attend the marriage on time.
kuran chandra ghosh
I read in the book "Charitrapooja" by the Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore as having said that none can be compared to Ishwarchnadra Vidyasagar except the literary giant Dr. Samuel Johnson in many respects. None can leave a mark on a flowing river water nor on a language. Vidyasagar has performed this miracle by shaping the Bengali language for ever. Once Vidyasagar secretly swallowed a dead cockroach he found in his meal, so as not to spoil the meals of those dining beside him. He was a 600 pound gorilla among humanists, scholars and social reformers.
kuran chandra ghosh
It is very inspiring to think that Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar saved Michael Madhusudan Dutt, one of the pioneers of Bengali poetry, drama etc. from jail when he was indebted abroad and appealed to the former for money and got it. Both the money and the police arrived at the same time and the money sent by Vidyasagar saved him from sure imprisonment.
Pradeep kumar V
Give me materials in hindi to teach the great personalities
FIZA KHURANA
He was also known as daya sagar meaning the ocean of kindness.
kuran c ghosh
Ishwar chandra Vidyasagar is probably the only person in the world who as a social reformer was such a staunch believer in the ideals he propagated, as to have got his only son Narayanchandra Vidyaratna married to a young widow to prove that he meant what he professed. It is because the ousted Nawab of Oudh threw a shoe as donation into the bag of collections of donations for establishment of the University of Calcutta, when Vidyasagar led the collectors of donation, that people remember such a Nawab. Incidentally, that shoe (only one,, not the pair) was auctioned and it fetched Rs.1000 which is more than Rs. hundred thousand in today`s standard and the money was utilised for establishment of the University of Calcutta.
kuran c ghosh
Pt. Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar knew English so well that he translated or rather transcreated Shakespeare`s Comedy of Errors as the famous `Bhrantivilas` and this Bengali novel has taken a form of drama fo be made into a film and it continues to be acted in thousands of theatres all over India. Some of the lines like `Bujhilaam, sneha ati visham vastu` (I now realise that affection is a great affliction) put by him on the lips of Kanwa the sage foster-father of Shakuntala (in his pioneer prose rendering of Abhiujnana-Shakuntalam of Kalidasa) have become virtually proverbs in Bengali.
Rakesh Kundu
Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar not just a scholar, one-aimer but have a very humourous personality. And it's a true fact that according to Madhusudan Dutt- he has a thought of a bengali mother. If Rammohan called the first man of India, Vidyasagar is his companion. I salute him by my soul.
vishal
I am doing project on Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar. I want lots of information on this great man.
SAMIT KUMAR MIDYA
He is my idol.
Mritunjay kumar
Fantastic!
Benudhar Sahoo
Ishwar chandra vidyasagar was the man of God.
Priyanka
I need more information & pics on the above great man.
Sumana Sarkar
I want to know about his contribution for Woman education in India. I want to Share one story of his life. It is the story of that time when he was in a tribal people's place. He usually bought Corn from those tribal people, but he did not take those. Afterwards he gave those corns to other tribal people who came to him asking for foods. Thus he helped those people. He was a kind-hearted , generous man.
Keith Humphrey (England)
I understand that when he first came to Calcutta he lived in a house in Panchannantala Lane (just off BB Ganguly Street). I do not know if this house still stands but if so, it would be interesting to identify it.
ARAVIND.S.T
This man was great and will be great always.
kompal
Ishwar chandra vidyasagar was a great social reformist and an intellectual person but the history provides very less information of him.
a.karim
Very good collections, Very helpful.
Nabila
Once when Vidyasagar was descending the stairs of his house he saw his servant sleeping on one of the stairs with a letter in his hand.Vidyasagar saw a streak of tears in his eyes.Vidyasagar felt pity for his servant and started to fan him so that he could sleep in comfort.At that moment a friend came in and after seeing the situation he asked him that why was he fanning a servant of low caste.Then Vidyasagar replied "My father was also paid with seven or eight Rupees in a month.One day when he was returning home he became unconscious and fell on the road. At that time a passerby helped him with water. In my servant I can see the image of my father." This says that purity of heart is not only expressed with sweet words but also through good behaviour. Therefore,we must always be kind and treat everyone equally.
Krishna Kishore
He is a true role model.
joy
I woulld like to know about Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar and some of his great work of reforming Indian society during 19th century.
KURAN C GHOSH
Like Mother Like Son ! Once Pandit Ishwarchandra asked his mother what ornament sahe would like to have from him. She replied: Give a blanket each to the poor village widows and that would be my best ornament. Vidyasagar did exactly that. He struggled out of poverty and became the immortal creator of the sweet Bengali prose ordering on poetry as none before him succeded in doing so, though he was a formidable scholar he kept in the mind the requirement of the masses for such soft, strong, unambiguous liquid prose which set the tone and tenor for all future Bengali prose literature. His heart always bled for the poor.
KURAN C GHOSH
Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was the embodiment of simplicity of living and highest example of thinking. His monumental erudition and stark simplicity of dressing in a manner befitting the very ordinary Indian villager with a simple dhoti and a pair of slippers as his footwear and a simple chadar to wrap round his upper part of the body made him the permanent example of the IMMORTAL BUILXDER OF THE INDIAN SOCIETY AND THE INDIAN SCHOLAR EXTRAORDINARY.
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