Krishna Mohan Banerjee

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Krishna Mohan Banerjee () (1813–1885) (also referred to as Rev. Krishnamohan Bandopadhyay) was a prominent member of Henry Louis Vivian Derozio’s (1808–1831) Young Bengal group, educationist, linguist and Christian missionary.

Early life

Son of Jibon Krishna Banerjee, he was born on 28 May 1813 in the house of his maternal grand father at Shyampukur, Kolkata. His maternal grand father was Ramjay Vidyabhusan, court-pundit of Santiram Singha of Jorasanko.

Around 1819, Krishna Mohan joined the School Society institution opened by David Hare at Kalitala. Impressed by his talents, Hare took him to his school at Pataldanga, later famous as Hare School in 1822. He joined the newly founded Hindu College with a scholarship. He was profoundly influenced by Derozio and that changed the course of his life. He used to live in his maternal grandfather’s house, which he used as a meeting place for Derozians. One day, when he was absent, they consumed hand-made bread and meat prepared by Muslims, an unthinkable act for upper-caste Hindus in those days, threw the leftover bones into neighbours' houses, and started shouting, “Cow-meat! Cow-meat!” In the commotion that followed, Ramjay Vidyabhusan, his maternal grandfather, was forced to turn him out of the house. He found a place for a short while in the house of a Christian friend.

In 1831, he started publishing the Inquirer. In the same year his The Persecuted was published. It was monotonically critical of certain prevalent...
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