The influences which determined his literary activity were primarily European. As a student in Calcutta he had made acquaintance with the English Classical, and later, while at university College, had read the poets insatiably. Nevertheless his first successes were achieved in his mother tongue. He wrote in Bengali, poems and plays, historical and social novels, and aroused a storm of protest within the orthodox community of his province by publishing a Bengali translation of the Rig-Veda. In English, of which he had complete mastery, his first considerable essay was a history of Civilisation in ancient India, which though not a work of research, fulfilled a useful purpose in its day. When freedom from Government service gave him the opportunity he set himself to writing the Economic History of India in the Victorian Age, the two together forming his chief contribution to the subject which he, more than any other Indian of his time, had made his own. In these books as in others of kindred theme and purpose, there is much criticism of British administrator, strongly felt if temperately expressed. Apart from this, its more controversial side, the work of Romesh Dutt is valuable mainly in that it has helped to reveal, to his own people no less than to ours, the spiritual riches of ancient India.
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