Friday, 3 November 2017

Chronology of Sister Nivedita's Life - 6

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

1904 January 22-24. Three lectures at Patna. Visits Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Benares.

January 30. Reaches Lucknow. Delivers four lectures.

February 26. Lectures on 'Dynamic Religion' at Town Hall, full of fiery nationalism. (Bepin Chandra Pal called it 'Dynamite').

March 20. Lectures on 'Islam in Asia,' at Corinthian Theatre, under the auspices of Calcutta Madrassa. Delivers 3 lectures at Benares.

April 1. Lectures on 'Bodh Gaya' at Calcutta. (Lectures on the same topic several times in different parts of India, to counteract Anagarika Dharmapala's communal Bodh Gaya Movement).

May – June. At Mayavati, with Sister Christine and the Boses. Here Bose begins his second book Plant Response. (First published in 1906).-Helps him in writing.

June. Her second book. The Web of Indian Life, published by William Heinemann. (Gets tremendous ovation as well as bitter criticism. Many call it epoch-making. Englishman calls it, 'political pamphlet in disguise'. Missionaries publish 'a counterblast'-Things As They are, by Miss Anny Wilson Carmichael. Rudyard Kipling and F.A. Steel appreciate).

September. Starts 'Vivekananda Boarding House' for students.

October 8-15. At Bodh Gaya with a party which includes the Boses, Rabindranath Tagore, Prof. Jadunath Sarkar. Intends to show these prominent men the 'place of Bodh Gaya in Hinduism.'

December 1. Recommends 'Thunderbolt' as India's 'National Emblem.'

July-December. Lectures continuously throughout this period, trying to create an awareness of culture, tradition and progressive nationalism.-Lord Curzon passes 'University Act' to curb higher education, especially science education. Raises her voice against it through pen and platform.-Made contacts and recruits through after-speech talks and organizations like Dawn Society, Anusilan Samity, Vivekananda Society, Young Men's Hindu Union Committee.-donates a few hundred books on economics, political science, history of political movements and revolutions etc., to the revolutionary group, led by Barindra Kumar Ghose. (These books might have been given earlier).