Q. How does Sarojini Naidu convey a message in
the poem 'In the bazaars of Hyderabad'
Sarojini Naidu wrote this poem during the time of India's struggle for
independence aiming to promote the boycott of foreign products.
In this poem, Sarojini Naidu artfully describes the products made
by the Indian craftsmen and goldsmiths and myriad things sold by vendors,
flowergirls, pedlars and fruitmen. Naidu wants people to boycott foreign
products and provokes all Indians to consume indigenous products. She
constructs a vivid, vivacious and colourful picture of the local bazaar
of Hyderabad in order to motivate her readers to visit indigenous
markets. The hidden intent of the poem is not to give a visual description of
the bazaars but to promote indigenous products amongst the citizens of the
country. In context of the ongoing 'Swadeshi Movement', she suggests the
boycott of British goods.
of being preachy, direct and didactic, she simply presents a heart-rending
portrait of Hyderabad's bazaars, showing its homeliness as opposed to the
alienness of oversea goods.
Agarwal (for ICSE class 8)
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