Google.in doodled Annie Besant today being her 168th birthday. She was born in London on 1st October 1847. She came to India in 1893 to attend the Annual Convention of the Theosophical Society at Adyar in Madras (Now Chennai). In 1898 she established the Central Hindu College at Benares which later formed the nucleus of the Benares Hindu University.
The doodle shows Besant sitting in a chair with a New India Newspaper in her hand. Annie Besant was a theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule.
Annie Besant founded a weekly newspaper Commonweal in January 1914. In June the same year she purchased the Madras Standard and renamed it New India, which, thereafter, became her chosen organ for her tempestuous propaganda for India’s freedom. She named this freedom "Home Rule" for India.