Who is Called Martin Luther King of India?

By Mandeep Kumar|Updated : September 23rd, 2022

Swami Dayanand Saraswati is called Martin Luther, king of India. It is because for the first time he raised the demand for self-governance through his writings. He gave the slogan back to Vedas and according to him “good governance is not a substitute for self-governance".

Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the Martin Luther, king of India

He was an Indian philosopher, social leader, and founder of the Arya Samaj. He was born on 12 February 1824 and died on 30 October 1883 at the age of 59 years. 

  • Swami Dayanand Saraswati was the first to give the call for Swaraj as "India for Indians" in 1876.
  • He promoted equal rights for women.
  • He condemned practices such as child marriages, meat-eating, idol worship, priestcraft, offerings made in temples, animal sacrifice, pilgrimages, the castes, etc.
  • He criticized superstitious practices including sorcery and astrology.

Summary:

Why Swami Dayanand is called Martin Luther of India?

Swami Dayanand Saraswati, the founder of Arya samaj is called Martin Luther King of India because he was the first person to take up the demand for self-governance through his writings.

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  • Swami Dayanand Saraswati is called Martin Luther, king of India. His original name was Mool Shankar Tiwari.

  • He is called so because he was the first to demand self-governance through his writings. He gave the slogan back to Vedas and founded Arya Samaj. He was called "makers of Modern India" by S. Radhakrishnan, former President of India.

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