What is relationship between India and its people as seen in Sarojini Naidu’s poem ‘The Gift of India’?
In Sarojini Naidu’s poem The Gift of India, mother India is the speaker. She thinks all the people of the country as her children — her sons and daughters. That is why she says:
Lo! I have flung to the East and West
Priceless treasures torn from my breast,
And yielded the sons of my stricken womb
She feels the sorrow when her sons die in war and the pride when they do well.
Can ye measure the grief of the tears I weep
Or the pride that thrills thro’ my heart’s despair
Mother India prays for her children, and here in the poem, appeals for the recognition of those who contributed to the war and died there.
Remember the blood of my martyred sons!
So, the relation between India and its people is that of a lenient mother and her children. The poet has depicted that very well here.