Nevada (US), Feb 4 (ANI): Hindus have asked United Kingdom (UK) to issue a postal stamp to commemorate Northern Ireland born Sister Nivedita's (1867-1911) 100th death anniversary, which falls on October 13 this year.
Notable Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Sister Nivedita did a remarkable service in India to bring honor to her birthplace Northern Ireland (UK) and it was now the turn of UK and Northern Ireland to pay her a befitting tribute.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that governments of UK and Northern Ireland should organize major events to mark her 100th death anniversary, name a major educational institution after her, and develop a memorial monument complete with library and museum at her birthplace in Tyrone County to inspire the coming generations.
Born as Margaret Elizabeth Noble, Sister Nivedita was a gifted teacher, social worker, author and nun initiated by Swami Vivekananda, and served in Kolkata and around in India. She took service of mankind as the true service to God and is said to be the first western woman to join an Indian monastic order. She championed causes of female education, woman welfare, India's independence, etc. She authored various books, including "Religion and Dharma". India already has a postal stamp of hers. Author Indra Gupta included her in "India's 50 Most Illustrious Women".
The Borough of Dungannon and South Tyrone, where Sister Nivedita was reportedly born, covers an area of 315 square kilometers with a population of about 50, 000 and a strong agricultural base. Michelle O'Neill and Pat Daly are Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively, while Alan Burke is Acting Chief Executive. (ANI)