Famous Personalities - Annie Besant (1846 - 1933)

1. She was an Irish lady who was a great admirer of India.
2. She settled down in India and took active part in social and national movements.
3. She established the Hindu College at banaras in 1898 which subsequently developed into Banaras Hindu University.
4. She was the President of Theosophical society and also founder of Home rule League.
5. She was elected President of Indian National congress in 1917.
6. She opposed Gandhi's non-cooperation movement which made her unpopular with the Indian leaders.
7. She also did commendable job for the promotion of education of women.

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