Annie Besant

(1847—1933) theosophist and politician in India

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Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.


A Maharastrian brahmin who became one of the chief political agitators on behalf of Hindu Nationalism and a swift end to British rule. He propagated his views through...

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Benares Hindu University

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

Founded in 1916 in Vārāṇasī (Benares) by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, with the support of British officials, Indian princes, and Annie Besant, the BHU is now the largest residential...

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Charles Bradlaugh

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British social reformer. A republican and keen supporter of reform movements, he was tried, with Annie Besant, in 1877–78 for printing a pamphlet on birth control. The...

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Edward Bibbins Aveling

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

Edward Bibbins Aveling was born in Stoke Newington on 29 November 1849 and died of kidney disease on 2 August 1898 in London. He was the fourth son of the Revd Thomas Aveling, a...

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Fabian Society

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History.

The Society took its name from the Roman dictator Fabius, nicknamed ‘Cunctator’, or delayer. It was founded in 1884 by a group of middle‐class intellectuals to further ‘the reconstruction...

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Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Literature.


a Russian who became interested in spiritualism in New York in 1873, and in 1875 founded, with Col. H. S. Olcott and W. Q. Judge, the Theosophical Society. It aimed to...

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Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Indian religious figure and claimed guru. The Theosophists,Charles Leadbeater and Annie Besant, proclaimed him the ‘World Teacher’, the vehicle of the Lord Maitreya,...

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Overview page. Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

In 1798, ThomasRobert Malthus (1766–1834) published his Essay on Population in which he put forward the theory that the power of a population to increase is greater than that of the Earth...

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Match Girls' strike

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A landmark industrial dispute in Britain. It involved the girls at the factory of Bryant and May in the East End of London, who complained about their low pay and the...

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Motilal Nehru

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — World History.

(b. 6 May 1861, d. 6 Feb. 1931).

Indian nationalist Born in Agra, he studied law and built up an enormously successful legal practice in Allahabad. Politically active since the...

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