A great lady and a big heart woman who has a lot of sympathy and love for her Country and Nation. Please meet the disciple of Swami Vivekananda, Sister Nivedita.
Sister Nivedita was an Irish teacher, author, social activist, and school founder. She spent her childhood and early youth in Ireland. She died in Darjeeling on 13 October 1911 at the age of 44. But her contribution and dedication towards Indian society are still being remembered On her 155th Birth anniversary, everything you wished to know about the woman who gave her all to India is right here.
1. Contributed Significantly Towards Women’s Education
“Sister Nivedita, who was greatly influenced by Swami Vivekananda, contributed significantly towards women’s education”, said Raghaveshanandji Maharaj of Ramakrishna Ashram of Ooty.
2. What did Ram Nath Kovind Say?
Speaking at the event, President Ram Nath Kovind said, “Sister Nivedita was part of this tradition, and came to India and Swamiji for enlightenment. And yet she was different. She did not come and learn a little and leave. She learned a lot — and stayed on.
3. Indian Nation-Builder
Do You know that She made India her life’s mission and became an Indian nation-builder which every woman should do?
4. Unwavering Support Of Indian Scientist
She is known for her unwavering support of Indian scientist, Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose, and his work. She helped him in carrying on his work and provided the necessary financial aid.
5. Women’s Education And Empowerment
She also made a series of diverse contributions to the national project specially focussed on women’s education and empowerment.
6. Swadeshi Campaign
Sister Nivedita gave full support to the swadeshi campaign and encouraged people to go all out in swadeshi.
7. Emblem and Flag
She was one of the first to design an emblem and a flag for the Indian nation, in 1904 she made a flag that was red and yellow with an image of ‘Vajra’ (weapon of the god Indra). It also had the phrase ‘Vande Mataram’ written on it in Bengali.
8. Bengal School Of Art
She established the Bengal School of Art to encourage Indian artists to rediscover the roots of their artistic traditions.
9. A Saviour Woman
During the plague outbreak in Calcutta in 1899 and the great East Bengal famine of 1906 she risked her own life to treat patients.
10. She Had a Big Heart
After treating people during the famine, Sister Nivedita contracted a severe form of malaria that eventually took her life. She died in Darjeeling on 13 October 1911 at the age of 44.