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Essential Reader: Sarojini Naidu

Essential Reader: Sarojini Naidu

A collection of the most iconic poems, speeches and letters by the Nightingale of India

Pub Date: 23 May 2022
ISBN: 9780143454144 / 0143454145
Price: £7.99
Subject: Autobiography: Historical, Political & Military, Speeches, History, Political Leaders &
Leadership, Political Structures: Democracy,
India, Autobiography: Literary
Format: 198mmx 129mm
Binding: Paperback
Extent: 224 pages
Territory: World
Bar Code: 9780143454144

· All of Sarojini Naidu’s most important speeches, letters and poems in one comprehensive volume
· This book also contains an introduction to Sarojini Naidu’s life by Makarand Paranjape, to set the context of each of the writings.

Sarojini Naidu was a prolific writer and speaker, publishing three collections of poetry during her life and delivered many rousing speeches throughout the freedom struggle and after India gained Independence. This book compiles her best-known work, as well as letters she wrote throughout her life to Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore and others, to provide a glimpse into the kind of person she was and the ideas she believed in. Through these pages, we can witness her innermost thoughts and feelings, and the important role she played in shaping the country’s freedom struggle and its ideas as a young nation, particularly through rousing speeches on the Education of Indian Women and the Battle of Freedom is Over, which were broadcast over the All India Radio on 15 August 1947.

Sarojini Naidu was a poet and politician who played an integral role in India’s freedom struggle. Throughout her life, she spoke up for civil rights and women’s rights. A key member of the Indian National Congress, she was the first female Governor of India. Her poetry was widely read and earned her the moniker of the ‘Nightingale of India’.