Today India celebrates the 142nd birth anniversary of Sarojini Naidu. Her profound contribution to the world of poetry led Mahatma Gandhi to name her Nightingale of India. Her contribution is not restricted to poetry only, her vigorous work towards women empowerment is hard to overlook. She has also been played a pivotal role in India’s struggle for freedom.
She was the first woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress. In 1929 the British government also appreciated her contribution by honoring her with Kaisar-e-Hind award for her contribution to society during the plague epidemic.
Sarojini Naidu was a gifted poet. At the young age of 12, she penned 1300 line poem Lady of the Lake.
He had a strong penchant for writing. Here are some of her famous and inspirational quotes that reflect her wisdom and mastery over words.
“A country's greatness lies in its undying ideals of love and sacrifice that inspire the mothers of the race.”
“We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action.”
“Oh, we want a new breed of men before India can be cleansed of her disease.”
“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 rite?”
Sarojni Naidu was born on 13th February 1879. Her father was Dr Aghore Nath Chattopadhyay, was a famous scientist and philosopher of his time. In 1899 she was married to Dr Muthyala Govindrajulu Naidu. In 1949 Naidu died of cardiac and hence the nation lost its Nightingale.