Nivedita's call to the nation
Sister Nivedita endeavoured to fulfil her Master's visions of preserving the symbolic harmony of India.
Margaret Elizabeth Noble, later Sister Nivedita, was born in a Scottish-Irish family on October 28, 1867, in North Ireland. Losing her father at the tender age of ten, her early life had been marked by considerable deprivation. She studied at a charity institution, and after her schooling, she took up a teacher's job – a vocation which was becoming quite common among the women in 19th century Britain. She was an innovative teacher who had been deeply influenced by the New Education Movement that was sweeping the West back then. Margaret's life changed after she met Vivekananda in England in 1895. Inspired to walk in his footsteps, Margaret arrived in India in January 1898 and was given the name 'Nivedita' by Vivekananda.