A Tribute to our Freedom Fighters # 2.

Posted: 02/06/2011 in Tributes

Annie Besant,   (Oct, 1, 1847   /   Sept, 20, 1933 )

She was a great woman, patriot and  a true fighter born to a English man and an Irish woman, At the age of 23, mother of two children and as the marriage failed got divorced in 1870.

In 1870, Besant along with Charles Bradlaugh edited the weekly National Reformer.  This weekly was dedicated to spread the ideas of birth control, trade unions, women’s right and national education.  In 1875, Annie joined the religious movement, Theosophy that was based on Hindu ideas of karma and reincarnation.  . Later on, she settled down in India, as it was the one country with the largest Hindu population with her girl child whom she brought along with her during divorce.

During her stay in India she actively took part in the Indian Nationalistic Movement and Home Rule League and being a good orator she tried to put influence on Indians by her speeches and write ups.  She expired in India, fighting for a noble cause.


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