What was the poet’s purpose in presenting the picture of an Indian Market? or, Give the central theme of the poem ‘In The Bazaars of Hyderabad’ / What is the poet’s message?
The poem ‘In the Bazaars of Hyderabad’ was a part of the Swadeshi Movement, an Indian freedom movement. The poet wanted to deliver the message that the traditional Indian products made of pure materials were of very high quality. So, we did not need the foreign goods that were entering the Indian market at that time. That is why the poet asks all the merchants what they are selling, and in reply only the Indian products are named with details like colors and materials used.
In the bazaar, things like food-grains, spices, fruits, flowers, jewelleries, board-games — everything is available. There are musicians and magicians too for providing amusement. Again products like mirrors with panels of amber and daggers with handles of jade are also available for kings and rich people. They represent the rich native Indian culture.
In short, The poem is all about the diversity and self-sufficiency of an Indian market in British India.