As forcefully abandoned mansions were getting occupied by people who didn’t have either the choice or means to express, India woke to life and freedom. Ever since, we have been caged by the dupe of Independence, an everlasting struggle to fight the demons of age. This brawl for achieving an ideal nation has seen countless women on their feet, unmoved by the shock waves of time. Each decade, since our land was devoid of the creaking sound of the oppressors’ boots, India has given birth to natural leaders who took it upon themselves to engender in people a sense of belonging.
“We want deeper sincerity of motive, a greater courage in speech and earnestness in action.” Sarojini Naidu said as she marched to a rhythm of freeing India. Giving emphasis on educating the female youth and safeguarding their rights, the Nightingale of India sang multiple speeches to really awaken the society from its deep slumber. “A life not lived for others is not a life,” stated a woman who felt the pain of humanity and worked towards a country which was worth calling “ours”. With love, compassion, and empathy, Mother Teresa held a mirror that peeked into a wounded society, whilst proving too many how one movement could create a domino effect. “Tum bhool naa jaao unko, is liye kahi ye kahaani,” - a narration of a story which was a reminder to remember, the ones who returned to dust to protect their soil. As the first Prime Minister of Independent India broke down in tears by these lines of sacrifice, Lata Mangeshkar struck an odd chord across the entire country and wove contrasting souls together through verses and melodies. At a grand ceremony held in the crowded and revered Central Hall of Parliament in the congested years of today, Droupadi Murmu took the oath as India's fifteenth President, making us hopeful towards getting closer to what could only be considered a pipe dream for India.
Countless women whose steps have embellished these grounds and are still, have written their love letters for the land, in the languages they speak best. Whether in art or intent, in writings or narratives, they have assumed a vital position in challenging what is, what was, and what could have been. At the heart of it lies the purpose to give and to grow together as a nation - a flame that keeps burning bright, paving a way for a truly free India.