INDIA: Rise, Mother, Rise!

Oscar Wilde swathed her in orchidaceous epigrams. The learned Sir Edmund Gosse called her "the most accomplished living poet of India." Even Queen Victoria was impressed by Sarojini Chattopadhyav, the brilliant daughter of a fabulously rich Hindu of the highest Brahmin caste — but all that was years & years ago.

Last week Poetess Mrs. Sarojini Chattopadhyav Naidu became Acting President of the Indian National Congress, the sixth Acting President appointed since St. Gandhi was clapped into jail in January (TIME, Jan. 11). Poetess Naidu is still rich, still a potent poetess, but the slender, bashful Victorian maiden has become...

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