Sister Nirmala Josh ( Roman Catholic Religious Sister), the former superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, dies at the age of 81. Sister Nirmala had replaced Mother Teresa as the superior general in 1997.
Sister Nirmala was born in Ranchi on July 23, 1934 to a Brahmin soldier who came from Nepal. She had joined the Order at the age of 17.
In 1976, Joshi started the contemplative branch of the Missionaries of Charity and remained at its head until 1997 when she was elected to succeed Mother Teresa as Superior General of the institute.
The government of India bestowed the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award, on Sister Nirmala on Republic Day (January 26) 2009 for her services to the nation.Her term as Superior General ended on 25 March 2009, and she was succeeded by German-born Sister Mary Prema Pierick, M.C.