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Pandita Ramabai was a tireless advocate for the importance of education (both secular and religious) for women, and Indian self-reliance. Fifty-five years after her death, A. B. Shah called her "the greatest woman produced by modern India and one of the greatest Indians in all history." Bibliographic Citation link. She published in English, Marathi, Hindi and Sanskrit, and her writing was largely tied to her reform work. Her publications include several non-fiction books, pamphlets, and letters on aspects of Indian womanhood, education, and religion in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, as well as poetry, hymns, music, travel books and a translation of the Bible into Marathi.
23 April 1858 Ramabai Dongre (later known as PR) was born, probably in the Gangamul forest within the Mangalore District of Karnataka in Southern India. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1887 PR's most famous English book, The High-Caste Hindu Woman, was published privately in Philadelphia to support the Ramabai Association (which funded a school for high-caste widows at Bombay in India). Bibliographic Citation link.
By December 1889 Yunaited Stetsci lokasthiti ani pravasavrtta (The Peoples of the United States) was published in Bombay(now Mumbai), India. It was PR's last major work on female education and her longest travel writing. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 April 1922 PR died at her home at Kedgaon in Maharashtra, India, in her sixties, of unknown causes. Bibliographic Citation link.
1922, 1924 PR's final, massive work, published posthumously, was a Marathi version of the entire Bible: the Old Testament appeared in 1922 and the New Testament in 1924. Bibliographic Citation link.
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