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Google celebrates 168th birth anniversary of Annie Besant with a sketch doodle
The internet search engine giant Google celebrates the 168th birth anniversary of theosophist, political figure and social activist Annie Besant with a simple sketch doodle. In India, Annie Beasant is one of the revered figures for her contribution in various facets of Indian life.

Annie Besant had played a significant role in Indian politics and became a central figure empowering women in pre-indepedence era.  Her influence on Indian politics and social life was recognized with her being elected the Indian National Congress president in 1917 despite being a European.

Since I had been associated with Krishnamurti Foundation for a short while, I would like to mention that she projected her adopted son Jiddu Krishnamurti as the new Messiah and incarnation of Buddha to raise a new religious world order around him.  However, Krishnamurti rejected the claim of being a divine incarnation and disassociated himself from her designs.

Annie Besant, most followers and prospective followers were disappointed by the move of Krishanamurti, to which the later replied, "You will find a body of people who will tell you that I have disappointed them, and they will create a body of opinions holding that I have failed. But in a hundred years' time I don't think it will matter much whether you are disappointed or not. Truth, of which I speak, will remain- not your fantasies or your disappointments. "And, how true!

She remained active in her campaign for Indian independence as a freedom fighter and for the causes of theosophy, women's rights and education until her death in 1933.

She was quite influenced by Hindu and Buddhist philosophies and believed that "Karma brings us ever back to rebirth, binds us to the wheel of births and deaths. Good Karma drags us back as relentlessly as bad, and the chain which is wrought out of our virtues holds as firmly and as closely as that forged from our vices."

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