National Women’s Day – A Day to Remember the Nightingale of India
National Women’s Day
Every year on 13th February, we celebrate National Women’s Day to honour one of the strongest legends ever lived on the lands of mother India, Sarojini Naidu. A politician, a poet, and a name India will remember forever in the Indian history. Sarojini Naidu had a major contribution in empowering women in India and setting a remarkable example by becoming the First woman to head the Indian National Congress and governing an entire state by herself.
Today, on the account of National Women’s Day, we will address the legend herself and discuss how this ultimate lady gifted the nation empowerment and wisdom which is to be acknowledged and for cherished for a lifetime.
Saojini Naidu – The Nightingale Of India.
Sarojini Naidu, because of the love of her poetry was also known by the sobriquet “Nightingale of India” and was given this title by Mahatma Gandhi. Her contribution to poetry and her immense love for the nation made her a legend in the Indian History. Her poetry, which mostly consisted of flowery words were rich in imagination and emotions. Many of her literary words like the Golden Threshold, Autumn Song, the bird of time, etc have been widely claimed and loved by everyone.
Saojini Naidu – As a Freedom Fighter
Born in a Bengali Hindu Family in Hyderabad, Sarojini Naidu was a well educated and upfront lady who stood in the struggle for Indian Independence and became a part of the Indian Nationalist Movement in 1905. During her fight for freedom, she was an active follower of Mahatma Gandhi and accompanied him in his idea of Swaraj and Quit India Movement against the British Rule in India.
Later, due to her bravery and dedication for the country, she was appointed as the President of the Indian National Congress in 1952 and became the first women to head the Indian National Congress. After that, she also became the Governor of the United Provinces in 1947 when India gained Independence, which made her the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.
Under the influence of Gandhi and Gopalkrishna Gokale, Sarojini Naidu gave up her love for poetry and fell in love for her country’s independence. Gandhi made her play a major role in women emancipation, women education, Hindu-Muslim Unity, etc. Whenever Gandhi visited England, she accompanied him and delivered speeches openly disguising British Rule in India and went to jail many times because of her bravery and daring personality.
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Saojini Naidu – A Women
A blend of poetry and bravery, Sarojini Naidu is the classic epitome of grace and fearlessness. She was a role model for uncountable women in India. What we see today, the courage, the audacity of women today is a gift of Lady Sarojini Naidu. She held a bigger struggle, the struggle of strangling India women in the cage of patriarchy and fought for women’s rights and freedom passionately.
Aldous Huxley, who met Saojini Naidu in Mumbai remarked, “A woman who combines in the most remarkable way great intellectual power with charm, sweetness with courageous energy, a wide culture with originality and earnestness with humour.” If all Indian politicians are like Mrs. Naidu, then the country is fortunate indeed!
Education is necessary, and educated women are essential. An educated woman had the courage to change the mindset of the Indian society. She went abroad, watched and learned empowering women and women rights, came back to India and fought for the struggle of women in our Nation.
Today, what we are is a gift of this Legendary Lady who came and changed the face of women.
We thank Sarojini Naidu for this gift and Hail Women’s Day!