• Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 05:30
Sister Nirmala Joshi, successor to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, died aged 81 in New Delhi on Tuesday. Sister Nirmala had been heading the charity after Mother Teresa's death in 1997. In an interview, Sister Nirmala is quoted saying that “I'm from India. Ethnically I'm Nepali but I was born and grew up in India itself. I come from a Hindu background. I practise the 'highest' law in the 'highest' court, the law of charity in the court in heaven.” There was an outpouring of commiserations following her demise and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee offered their condolences. The holder of a masters degree in political science and trained as a lawyer, Sister Nirmala was one of the nuns who has dissuaded Mother Teresa from retiring when she was considering stepping down in 1990. On March 3 1997, she took charge as head of the Missionaries of Charity. "She did not want to take over Mother's job and influence. She let Mother have, I would say, precedence over her," Edward Le Joly, a retired priest, had said of Sister Nirmala in a piece by the Washington Post. "Everybody knows Mother. She was a woman of love, she was a mother to each one of us... She was one with us in everything. She never cared for her conveniences. When someone called her an embodiment of God, she would say there was nothing special about her," Sister Nirmala described Mother Teresa in her interview.   Saddened at the passing of Sister Nirmala who headed Missionaries of Charity after Mother Teresa. Kolkata and the world will miss her — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 23, 2015 Sister Nirmala's life was devoted to service, caring for the poor & underprivileged. Saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2015 My deepest condolences to the Missionaries of Charity family on the passing away of Sister Nirmala. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2015   Watch this revealing interview of Sister Nirmala with Father Thomas M. Rosica for Salt and Light Television where she talks about how it was stepping into Mother Teresa's shoes and running the charity for more than a decade.    Video of IZcIw3sb72Q