National Women's Day: A day to celebrate Sarojini Naidu – 'Nightingale of India'
New Delhi: Every home, every heart, every feeling and every moment of happiness is incomplete without women. A woman never apologises for being sensitive or emotional and it is a sign that they have got a big heart. It is a sign of their strength.
Women always have a special place in everyone's heart. A woman has so many responsibilities; responsibility as a daughter, as a mother, as a sister, or as a wife. Women sacrifice so many things in their life because they have the responsibility of the whole family and she sacrifices her dreams to fulfill all the dreams of family.
Women suffer from so many problems not in their whole life, but in a month also. She hides her pain and gets back to work to feed her family members. That's why we call a woman ‘the strongest person’.
Today is the birth anniversary of Sarojini Naidu. To honour Sarojini Naidu, India celebrates her birth anniversary as National Women's Day of India every year on February 13. This day recognises the powerful voices of women in India’s history.
Sarojini Naidu was born on February 13, 1879 in a Bengali family in Hyderabad. Naidu was educated from Madras, London, and Cambridge.
Naidu was an Indian political activist and poet. She became a part of the Indian Nationalist movement and became a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his idea of Swaraj.
In 1925, she was appointed as the president of Indian National Congress and later she became the governor of the United Provinces in 1947, which is now Uttar Pradesh, and became the first woman to hold the office of governor.
Naidu began writing at the age of 12. In 1905, her first collection of poems named ‘The Golden Threshold’ was published. Naidu was awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind medal by the British government for her work during the plague epidemic in India, which she later returned in protest of 1919 Jallianwala bagh.
For her work in the field of poetry writing, Naidu was given the title of ‘Nightingale of India’. Google India memorialised Naidu’s 135th birth anniversary with a Google Doodle in 2014. Naidu was listed among the 150th leading women list by the university of London in the United Kingdom in 2018. Naidu died on March 2, 1949. Sarojini Naidu was one of the earliest Indian poets who wrote in English.
Here are few poems by the strong woman Sarojini Naidu:
Weavers, weaving solemn and still,
What do you weave in the moonlight chill?
White as a feather and white as a cloud,
We weave a dead man's funeral shroud. - Indian Weavers
What are the sins of my race, Beloved,
What are my people to thee?
And what are thy shrines, and kine and kindred,
What are thy gods to me? - An Indian Love Song.