Sarojini Naidu’s poem “The Gift of India” is a patriotic poem depicting India’s sacrifice for the British cause. Comment.
Sarojini Naidu has always tried to arouse a sense of pride and patriotism in the hearts of her countrymen through her poems. In the present poem “The Gift of India”, the poetess reminds the world of India’s gifts to the colonial forces that ruled it.
In the poem, Mother India herself proclaims proudly her gifts to the west. The first stanza introduces the various gifts India has bestowed upon the colonisers, which include both its riches and people. The second stanza focuses more on the wistful state of martyred Indian soldiers. The third stanza talks of the grief those deaths have brought to Mother India. And finally, the fourth stanza is a sort of appeal to honour the sacrifices of the Indian soldiers for the cause of the war, rather for the British cause. So thematically, the poem is highly patriotic.