Mamata to visit London on Nov 12

To attend ceremony to give Heritage tag to Sister Nivedita's house
Report by: 
Durgadas Banerjee
Kolkata
23 Oct 2017

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is visiting London on November 12 to attend a ceremony in which the British Government will declare the house at Wimbledon where Sister Nivedita lived before she came to India in 1898 a Heritage one. 

This was announced today by the chief minister at a function organised by Ramakrishna Sharada Math and Mission at Baghbazar at north Kolkata where Mamata handed over the renovated house of Sister Nivedita at Kolkata to the Sharada Mission. Today's programme was organised as a part of celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of this disciple of Swami Vivekananda who lived in India for just 12 years after she came to India and served the country with dedication and commitment. It was at this house where Margaret Noble, an Irish lady who got attracted to Hinduism by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and was rechristened Sister Nivedita, stayed and later set up a school for girls. In fact from that time she dedicated her entire life to the service of India and her people.

``I will be attending the programme in London where the house of Sister Nivedita will be given the heritage tag by the British government.....We took over the building here (at Bosepara Lane)  when it was in bad shape and after renovation we handed it over to the Mission,'' the chief minister said at the programme. The chief minister also said that the state government would set up a museum and a research centre at the house where Sister Nivedita lived and set up a school for girls. Mamata mentioned that the house in Darjeeling where Nivedita breathed her last in 1911 at the age of 43 was also repaired and renovated by the state government and handed over to the Ramakrishna Sharada Mission.

The state government has already set up a committee headed by minister for education Partha Chatterjee to chalk out plans on how to celebrate the 150th year of the birth of Nivedita throughout the year.