Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


American Academy of Asian Studies

First Advisor

Haridas Chaudhuri


The name "Ramdas," which will be used extensively throughout this paper to refer to the principal subject, is an example of the Indian custom of using only one name for great men. Usually it is the first name, or a name used after taking up "the new life." Another custom practiced is that of having the name carry religious connotations. In Ramdas' case, the first part, "Ram," stands for God, and the "das" stands for servant. Ramdas' name in his early life was Vittal Rao.



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