Sarojini Naidu


Sarojini Naidu born Hyderabad, India February 13, 1879 (d. 1949). Nonviolent activist for Indian independence; patriot; politician; poet known as "The Nightingale of India." Second female president of Indian National Congress, 1925. Lectured on nonviolence in US, 1928; arrested for Gandhian actions, 1930, 1932, 1942, 1943; presided over Asian Relations Conference, New Delhi, 1947.


"Men say the world is full of fear and hate,
And all life's ripening harvest-fields await
The restless sickle of relentless fate.

But I, sweet Soul, rejoice that I was born,
When from the climbing terraces of corn
I watch the golden orioles of Thy morn."
(Poem "In Salutation to Eternal Peace"; photo