The roles of several prominent figures in the Indian struggle for independence included equal contributions by both men and women. While the struggle began with the Uprising of 1857, Indian women began to make their mark a little later and solidified their role in the movement. Sarojini Naidu, “The Nightingale of India”, was one such freedom fighter and poet who worked to reform social norms while working to liberate the country from the people. Older brother. As the first woman to lead the Indian National Congress and serve as governor of a state (United Provinces), she made history. Now, a 95-year-old video of Ms. Naidu speaking during her visit to the United States is going viral.
Beautiful! Proud of Bharat 🇮🇳!
Rare footage of India’s Sarojini Naidu talking to Americans during a visit to America in 1928.
– Erik Solheim (@ErikSolheim) February 6, 2023
The video was shared by former Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment Erik Solheim on Twitter. In the 55-second clip, recorded in 1928, Ms. Naidu gives a motivational speech about how, as a woman, she represents India in the “new world” and her songs. knowledge that one of the world’s oldest civilizations could impart to the United States. She says in the video, “Guys, I come to you from thousands of miles away as the ambassador of a very ancient country to the youngest country in the world. You might be surprised when a country you’ve been taught to be conservative has chosen a woman as its representative and ambassador.” Ms. Naidu added that Indian culture has long put women first.
“But if you read the entire history of Indian civilization, you will realize that women are the mainstay of the culture, of all the inspiration and of all the peace embassies that have gone to the country. out for centuries to the ends of the world,” she continues in the video.
Since being shared, the video has attracted more than 1.8 lakh views and 4,000 likes.
“Women like Sarojini Naidu and her daughter Padmaja Naidu who later became Governor of UP and West Bengal fought for Indian independence. Both were highly educated and Sarojini naidu is also a poet who has received recognition from the great poet of YBYeats,” one user said.
“She’s talking dignified. Real leader and patriot,” another user commented.
A third added, “I get goosebumps listening to her English, her way of speaking is so formal.”
A fourth person commented: “The country is considered a mother and always holds a special place for women so that they can live with dignity and respect.”
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