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Celebrating National Women’s Day in India to mark the birth anniversary of Sarojini Naidu

Written by Subhash Krishnan

‘As long as I have life, as long as the blood flows through this hand of mine, The goal is freedom, I Will not give up ‘ -‘Nightingale of India’ – Vanambadi Sarojini

Sarojini Naidu is known as ‘one of India’s feminist luminaries, Naidu’s birthday, 13 February, is celebrated as Women’s Day to recognize powerful voices of women in India’s history. Sarojini Naidu was born in 13 February 1879 in Hyderabad, she is a Poet, freedom fighter, orator, and so on. Urdu, Telugu, English, Bengali, Persian Gained proficiency in these languages. India’s Nightingale was 12 years old when she started her career in literature. She wrote a play namely ‘Maher Muneer’ and earned recognition and appreciation from across the world. At the age of 16, Sarojini Naidu received a scholarship from the Nizam of Hyderabad and went to London King’s College. The first collection of poems was published in 1905 The Golden Threshold Published. Later on, she had published over 30 distinct works. Sarojini Naidu’s work as a poet earned her the sobriquet ‘the Nightingale of India’, or ‘Bharat Kokila’ by Mahatma Gandhi because of colour, imagery and lyrical quality of her poetry.

IN 1917, she co-founded the Women’s Indian Association with Annie Besant. Held up Women’s rights, she travelled to various parts of India to give lectures on the social welfare and nationalism of women. She played a major role in improving the lives of women at that time. In 1925, Became first women president of the Indian National Congress. During Plague pandemic The British government commended them for their hard work over time and awarded her with Kaiser-e-Hind. She joined Gandhiji’s ‘Nonviolent’ And followed the protest All over India for that and traveled. And the dignity of the common people for the education and liberation of women Works, for girls Establishing schools and encouraged.
She died of a cardiac arrest on 2 March 1949. She served as governor until her death on March 2, 1949. Freedom Of women in struggle Rights protection Sarojini Naidu is still remembered for her comprehensive contributions to the movement Living.

Here’s are some memorable quotes from Sarojini Naidu:

• We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech, and earnestness in action.
• A country’s greatness lies in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race.
• When there is oppression, the only self-respecting thing is to rise and say this shall cease today, because my right is justice. If you are stronger, you have to help the weaker boy or girl both in play and in the work.
• Shall hope prevail where clamorous hate is rife, shall sweet love prosper or high dreams have place Amid the tumult of reverberate strife ‘Twixt ancient creeds, ‘twixt race and ancient race, that mars the grave, glad purposes of life, leaving no refuge save thy succouring face?
• I say it is not your pride that you are a Madrasi, it is not your pride that you a brahmin, it is not your pride that you belong to south India, it is not your pride that you are a Hindu, that it is your pride that you are an Indian.

 

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