Along with politicians and social activists many people paid tribute to great Indian philosopher and social leader Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati on his birth anniversary (12 February). He founded Arya Samaj in 1875. He wrote a book named Satyarth Prakash which is considered one of his scholarly works. His views are very clear and coherent.
Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati said, “People say that they understand what I say and I am simple. I am not simple, I am clear.” Further he added, “I accept as Dharma whatever is in full conformity with impartial justice, truthfulness and the like; that which is not opposed to the teachings of God as embodied in the Vedas. Whatever is not free from partiality and is unjust, partaking of untruth and the like and opposed to the teachings of God as embodied in the Vedas-that I hold as Adharma."
He had critically analysed Christianity & Islam, as well as of other Indian faiths like Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. He also refused superstitions in Hinduism and tried to develop scientific approach of common people towards ‘Dharma’. He regarded ‘Quran’ as ‘Not the Word of God. It is a human work. Hence it cannot be believed in.’ His analysis of the Bible was based on an attempt to compare it with scientific evidence and morality.