What gifts did mother India give to the world as told in the poem “The Gift of India” by Sarojini Naidu?
As mentioned in Naidu’s poem, the rich gifts that Mother India gave the world are the raiment, grain and gold. This refers to all the resources from agricultural productions to priceless metals which the foreign colonisers took to their country while they were ruling India. She also mentions her soldier sons whom she had sent to foreign lands to fight for others in the World Wars.
Priceless treasures torn from my breast,
And yielded the sons of my stricken womb
The rich gifts which mother India gave the world are the priceless treasures like precious cloth, grain and gold, and also her sons as soldiers to fight someone else’s war.
As seen in poem we find that the richest gift was her precious and priceless sons.
In the poem the gift of india speaker personified as mother india says that she has gifted to the world raiment(cloth), grain(agricutural produce) and gold(precious metal) this shows that india has ‘gifted’ the world,materials ranging from agricutural produce to precious metals, showing exploitation of indian resources during British rule. India has sacrificed and being looted severely during the British rule. The major sacrifice that poet depicts is the sacrifice of the brave indian soldiers that were send to fight war on the foreign lands(to the east and the west) and did not return because of unfortunate death.
In the poem THE GIFT OF INDIA, Mother India makes a mighty claim about the innumerable gifts that India had conferred upon the Western Allied Forces, especially Britain. Mother India says that she has given the world all the riches that she ever possessed. Nothing has been withheld, nor the richest of garments, food grains and precious metals like gold. However, there is something more priceless that India entrusted upon the colonisers, that is, the sons of Mother India’s womb who have been ruthlessly separated from her bosom and who were duty-bound to go and serve the imperial British in alien lands.