Norenḍranāṭh Sen

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Rai Bahāḍur Norenḍranāṭh Sen (sometimes "Norendro Nath Sen") (February 23, 1843 - 1911) was a famous Indian patriot and reformer. He was the proprietor and editor of the Indian Mirror of Calcutta, then the leading paper in India voicing the opinions of Indians on political matters. He joined the Theosophical Society soon after the Founders began their work in India and received a number of letters from the Master K.H. "Rai Bahāḍur" is an honorific title.

Annie Besant wrote that he was "one of the earliest Indian friends of our President-Founder and his great colleague [H. P. Blavatsky], a friend who has remained loyal to them both from the beginning until to-day."[1] She continued:

Norenḍranāṭh Sen was born on February 23, 1843, and belongs to a remarkable Bengali family, being the fourth son of Hari Mohun Sen, a distinguished public man and a leader in the chief movements in Calcutta from 1850 onwards. his grandfather, Ram Kamal Sen,played an even larger part in the public life of Calcutta and Bengal in the days of Colebrooke, Wilson, Bailey and Carey, and took a prominent share in the founding of the Calcutta School Book Society, the Hindu College, and othe rvaluable institutions. Born into such a family, it is not wonderful that the youth Norenḍranāṭh showed brilliant abilities, and he chose the journalistic career at an early age. He was warmly welcomed as a co-adjutor by Mr. Manomohan Ghose, when that gentleman was about to start the Indian Mirror' in 1861, as a fortnightly journal, and when he left Calcutta for England young Norenḍranāṭh succeeded him in the editorial chair, which, with a short interval, he has ever since occupied, with honor to himself and benefit to the public. He was associated with such men as Ḍevenḍranāṭh Tagore, Keshab Chanḍra Sen, and Praṭap Chanḍra Mozumḍār, and pursued a religious but liberal policy. The paper became a weekly, and ultimately a daily, and was the organ of the Brahmo Samaj, then it is palmiest days. In 1879, it passed into [2]

Online resources



  1. Annie Besant, "Theosophical Worthies: Norenḍranāṭh Sen," The Theosophist 32.3 (January, 1911), 694-696.
  2. Annie Besant, "Theosophical Worthies: Norenḍranāṭh Sen," The Theosophist 32.3 (January, 1911), 694-696.