13 February is celebrated as the National Women’s Day on the occasion of the birth anniversary of India’s ‘nightingale’, Sarojini Naidu. Born in Hyderabad, Naidu played a crucial role in the freedom struggle of the country. She was also known for her fierce activism and for promoting feminism in the county.
The literature maestro was also famous for highlighting several issues through her writings, including romance, tragedy, patriotism, etc.
On the occasion of her birth anniversary, here are a few little-known facts about the legendary poet from India.
A Child Prodigy
Sarojini Naidu was a child prodigy. She started writing plays at the age of 12. She wrote a play named “Maher Muneer” as a young girl, which won her praise all across the world.
Naidu In Congress
After writing extensively on a variety of issues, Naidu joined the national freedom struggle with the Indian National Congress. In 1905, she kickstarted her political career and travelled across the country to spread awareness through her impeccable oratory skills.
Taking INC International
Given her credentials and connection with the public, Naidu rose to the ranks of the movement. In 1925, she was elected as the president of the national congress. Her role was very crucial in taking the movement internationally. She even presided over the East African Indian Congress.
Awarded By The British!
Sarojini Naidu used all her might and skill to help the depressed social class of the country. For her contribution to helping people during the plague epidemic in India, she was awarded a Kaisar-i-Hind medal by the British Government. Ironically she was also put in jail by the British during the same movement.
Sarojini Naidu is one of the most celebrated freedom fighters. To keep her contribution alive, several institutions and universities have been named after her. These include the likes of Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital, Sarojini Naidu College for Women, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, and Sarojini Naidu Medical College