Annie Besant Biography: To the Point

  • Annie Besant  was a prominent British socialist, theosophist, freemason, and women’s rights advocate who was born on October 1, 1847, in London, England and Died in September 20, 1933.
  • She was a vocal supporter of the Fabian Society, a socialist organization in Britain.
  • In the late 19th century, Besant became deeply involved in the Theosophical Society, a spiritual and philosophical movement that seeks to explore the nature of reality and human consciousness.
  • she was the second President of the theosophical society from 1907 to 1933.
  • When the first world war broke out se said” England’s need is India’s opportunity“.
  • In 1917, she moved to India and joined the Indian National Congress.
  • She founded schools and colleges, including the Central Hindu College in Varanasi (now known as the Banaras Hindu University), to promote education and cultural exchange.
  • She Fostered the Indian Home Rule League along with the Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
  • She set up her her “all India Home Rule League” in September 1916 which was is spread to all India.
  • In 1917, she became the first woman president of Indian National Congress.
  • She founded the Indian scout Movement in 1918.
  • She also founded womens Indian Association in Adyar.
  • She Campaigned for self government through her newspapers “New India and Commonwill” .
  • She co-authored “why I do not believe in God” .

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