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Tomb of Indian reformer restored

The tomb before restoration
The 175-year-old tomb had fallen into disrepair

The newly-restored tomb of one of India's leading reformers of the 19th Century has been unveiled in Bristol.

The Rajah Rammohun Roy challenged traditional Hindu culture and fought for women's rights, including an end to "sati", the practice of widow-burning.

He was visiting Bristol in 1833 as a guest of a Unitarian minister when he suddenly became ill and died.

More than 100 people gathered at the Arnos Vale cemetery on Sunday for the unveiling ceremony.

Arnos Vale trustee and historian Carla Contractor said: "The rajah is rightly called the Founder of Modern India and he is still regarded as a tremendously important figure in India today.

"His tomb is one of the true architectural glories of Arnos Vale, so it is marvellous now to see it the way its architect intended and to know that that this great monument has been safeguarded for future generations."

The restoration of the tomb followed a donation last year of more than 50,000 from Calcutta businessman Aditya Poddar.

Cemetery restoration moves ahead
14 Jan 08 |  Bristol

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