Watch: Rare footage of Sarojini Naidu’s 1928 speech in the US is going viral again
Prominent Indian leaders, scholars, philosopher and educators of the past have left an indelible mark on generations of readers and followers.
Their impactful writings, teachings and speeches not only inspired the people of our country but also found an audience in the west.
One great example of this is Swami Vivekananda’s iconic speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, where he appeared as a spokesperson for Hinduism.
The audience was captivated by the philosopher's words, which still holds deep relevance even after 130 years. The speech was listened to by university students via video conference across the nation.
Many such impactful speeches and writings come to mind when we think of India’s freedom struggle and the country’s representation on an international stage.
Sarojini Naidu, fondly known as the Nightingale of India, was loved and admired for her oratory skills and her evocative poetry. She was known to have a great sense of humour and someone who always spoke her mind.
A rare video of her famous speech in America from the year 1928 is going viral again for all the right reasons.
The archive clip went viral again after being shared on Twitter by Erik Solheim. He captioned it: "Beautiful! Proud of Bharat!Rare footage of India’s Sarojini Naidu speaking to Americans during a visit to the US in 1928."
In the footage,Naidu introduces herself as an 'ambassador of an ancient nation'.
To critique the preconceived notion of the west, she says that India chose a woman be be its representative and ambassador even when most of the people in the US regard it as a conservative nation.
"If you read the whole history of Indian civilistion, you will realise that women have been the very pivot of its culture, of all its inspiration, and of all the embassies of peace that have gone abroad for many centuries to the uttermost parts of the world," Naidu is heard saying in the clip.
The speech is now 95 years old. But Naidu's wise choice of words has resonated with the younger generation.