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Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Data de nascimento: 26. Junho 1838
Data de falecimento: 8. Abril 1894

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Bonkim Chondra Chattopadhyay or Bankim Chandra Chatterjee was an Indian writer, poet and journalist. He was the composer of Vande Mataram, originally in Sanskrit stotra personifying India as a mother goddess and inspiring the activists during the Indian Independence Movement. Chattopadhyay wrote thirteen novels and many serious, serio-comic, satirical, scientific and critical treaties in Bengali. His works were widely translated into other regional languages of India as well as in English.

Chattopadhyay is widely regarded as a key figure in literary renaissance of Bengal as well as the broader Indian subcontinent. Some of his writings, including novels, essays and commentaries, were a breakaway from traditional verse-oriented Indian writings, and provided an inspiration for authors across India.When Bipin Chandra Pal decided to start a patriotic journal in August 1906, he named it Vande Mataram, after Chattopadhyay's song. Lala Lajpat Rai also published a journal of the same name.

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„Woman is the crowning excellence of God's creation... Woman is light, man is shadow.“

—  Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay: From Bankim's novel Krishnakanta's Will, quoted from Elst, Koenraad (2001). Decolonizing the Hindu mind: Ideological development of Hindu revivalism. New Delhi: Rupa. p. 114-115

„When a man is in doubt what to do, he goes wherever he happens to be first called.“

—  Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
Kopal-Kundala, Chapter IV: With the Kapálik translated by Henry Arthur Deuteros Phillips (1885)

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