Sister Nivedita's 150th birthday: Suvirananda regrets Centre's silence on pan-India celebration
Kolkata: General Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Swami Suvirananda on Tuesday regretted that the Centre didn't respond to the Mission's move for country-wide celebration of Sister Nivedita's 150th birth anniversary.
Stating it to be unfortunate, Swami Suvirananda said: "We had also given advice to the Centre, but unfortunately, no development has taken place as yet."
In the same breath, he appreciated the move of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the state Education minister Partha Chatterjee and the state government for taking initiatives to work out details to celebrate the same.
The third meeting of the committee that was formed to prepare a roadmap for a year-long celebration of Sister Nivedita's 150th birth anniversary and its execution, was held in Nabanna on Tuesday.
The state Education minister, Swami Suvirananda and other members of the committee held a Press conference in the state Secretariat after the meeting.
Swami Suvirananda further said a set of programmes have been taken up to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita and includes a bravery award in the name of Sister Nivedita, that will be given to girls.
At the same time, the state government will organise a big programme at Netaji Indoor Stadium on October 5 to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita.
He further said that booklets containing the life and works of Sister Nivedita will be printed and the state government will be distributing the same among students of class IX, X, XI and XII in schools. Though they will not be a part of the curriculum, they will be given for supplementary reading. The Ramakrishna Math and Mission will help in preparing the booklets.
The mausoleum of Sister Nivedita in Darjeeling is not in a good shape and steps would be taken by the state government for its restoration and beautification.
Moreover, the house in Darjeeling where Sister Nivedita had died and is getting developed into an international cultural centre and a centre for human excellence, is also coming up on a plot of 5 acres at Rajarhat that the state government has given to Ramakrishna Math and Mission.