- Mar 2013
So I've now gone over two or three different history texts. They all seem to contradict each other. Some day that the Arya Samaj ideology favouring widow remarriage was not shared by Swami Dayanand Saraswati who was personally against it. Other texts argue that he was infact in favor of the reform. These are all Indian history texts that deal with the Arya Samaj in a peripheral manner. They aren't specifically about religious reform movements in India. Could someone tell me which view is correct? Preferably I'd like some reference to a primary source, like some speech or work by Swami Dayanand. Alternatively someone dealing specifically with the Arya Samaj and its history would also be ok, so long as that author is substantiating his claims. Obviously a reference to an Indian History book wouldn't be adequate since it is the contradiction in their work that I'm trying to resolve.