Sister Nivedita arrived in Calcutta on January 18th 1898 and witnessed oppression by imperial power in India and what example of oppressive imperalism- Lord Curzon! He came armed with the conviction that India was incapable of self rule and that honesty was the gift of the British! Now who could go along with this? Curzon went further and despite protests- partitioned Bengal. This brought the Swedeshi movement to the forefront. Surendra Nath Banerjee, in his autobiography stated that Nivedita gave her life to the service of India. She attended protest meetings and announced that anyone who brought foreign goods would be considered as a sinner as a murderer. She believed that in moral terms, both the crimes were similar. She strongly opposed the ban on the slogan Vandemataram, as well as the song. Her articles in Modern Review & Karamyogi bear testimony of her fearless support to Indian Freedom struggle. Vandemataram continued to be sung in her school, despite a ban on it! Right upto her death, she earned great respect of Indians who saw her as a well-wisher of India.
EXAMPLE OF FEW ARCHIVAL CARTOONS OF CURZON ERA :
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