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Title: Bishop Dr. Robert Caldwell: a historiographical study
Researcher: Persis Rajammal D M
Guide(s): Justin Wilson A
Keywords: Bishop Dr Robert Caldwell
Upload Date: 24-Apr-2014
University: Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Completed Date: January, 2012
Abstract: The learned scholar Caldwell voluntarily surrendered his body and soul for the propagation of the Gospel. At the time of his surrender, his mind was brimming with bliss and happiness, but his mother was in deep sorrow. Belonging to the London Missionary Society, he later became a preacher of the Society for the propagation of Christian Gospel and started his voyage to India on the 30th August 1837. Reaching Madras, he had made up his mind to walk or travel on horse back the long distance only to acquaint himself with people and to learn their idioms, customs and conventions, faiths and beliefs. Having walked the distance, he chose to set up his gospel centre at Idayangudi in the erstwhile Tirunelveli District. From the beginning he was a close observer of men and matters. His stay at Madras for sometime helped him acquaint himself with scholars like Francis Whyte Ellis, enrich his knowledge in Telugu and Sanskrit which he was able to acquire through C.P.Brown which on travel and learnt some usages and vernaculars. Apart from his proselytizing activity, he spent his time fruitfully and constructively in doing researches and writing books on the society, language, history and religion. Through his work on the Shanars of Tinnevelly, first published in 1849, created some commotion among the community people, it took more than one century for them to understand its purpose. Many works both in Tamil and English appeared to redeem the community from what Caldwell wrote about them as heathens and toddy-tappers and mostly uncivilized people. Though Caldwell defended his purposes, the book was banned and went out of circulation.
Pagination: viii, 264p.
Appears in Departments:Department of History

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