Unveiling Nivedita's plaque a rare privilage: Mamata

13 Nov 2017

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has unveiled a commemorative blue plaque at the London family home of Sister Nivedita, the Scottish-Irish social worker and follower of Swami Vivekananda best known for her charitable work in Kolkata.

The house on Wimbledon High Street in south-west London was Sister Nivedita's home before she moved to Kolkata, then Calcutta, to set up a school and help the poor. "This is a rare privilege for us. Sister Nivedita, a daughter of this soil, was dedicated and devoted to India. Our country can never forget her," Mamata said at a ceremony to mark the unveiling on Sunday. "We have an emotional relationship with England. Calcutta is a cultural capital of India and we maintain that heritage," she said, adding that she was touched by the ceremony which celebrates the bond between Kolkata and London like "brother and sister".

The ceremony also marked the West Bengal chief minister presenting small statues of Sister Nivedita and her mentor, Swami Vivekananda, on behalf of the state to the local Wimbledon History Museum. "The plaque in memory of Sister Nivedita should be an inspiration to all. We at the Indian High Commission have started identifying all the places of interest across London associated with Indians and create a map for visitors to trace and feel proud," noted Dinesh Patnaik, India's acting high commissioner to the UK.