What message does Naidu convey in the poem “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad”?

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The message that Naidu conveys through the poem “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad” is that India is entirely self-sufficient in everything she needs. The rich variety of goods on offer at the bazaars illustrates this point.

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As a staunch Indian nationalist and supporter of the Swadeshi movement, Sarojini Naidu believed that Indians should boycott British goods as part of their struggle for independence. Instead, they should buy Indian-made goods. This way, they would help impoverished domestic producers and manufacturers while helping to damage the British colonial economy.

Though “In the Bazaars of Hyderabad” doesn't contain any explicit political messages, it does nonetheless admit of a political interpretation. In her detailed presentation of all the various goods on sale in the street markets of the Indian city, Naidu shows us that just about everything an Indian could want is readily available to buy.

The products on offer, from the turbans of crimson and silver to the saffron, lentil, and rice, are either homegrown or homemade. They are Indian goods that people can happily buy without worrying about propping up the colonial economy.

It's notable that Naidu, in presenting to us what's on sale in the bazaars, gives us a list of products and wares that are native to India. As well as the turbans we mentioned earlier, we have traditional Indian musical instruments such as the cithar and the sarangi. Here Naidu is reinforcing the overriding message that India has the ability to be self-sufficient in all that she needs, economically, culturally, and politically.

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