Quote of the Day: Sucheta Kripalani on Empowerment

“I learned that it is not enough t help people by giving them things from above. What we should try to do is generate strength in people to help themselves.”

Sucheta Kriplani

Origins of the Quote

Sucheta Kripalani was a great freedom fighter.  She joined the freedom movement along with Aruna Asaf Ali and Usha Mehta. Together they made the British realize their power through their adventurous activities and empowered women join the freedom struggle.

The Person Behind the Words

Sucheta Kripalani, a politician of the newly formed India made her motherland proud. She was also the first woman Chief Minister of the country and the fourth Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Her contribution to the freedom struggle was notable. Amongst firebrands – Kriplani’s contribution was quiet yet meaningful.

Kripalani actively participated in the Quit India Movement in the year 1942 and laid the foundation for the independence of the country following Gandhiji’s ideals. During this time, she augmented and strengthened female power to face the opponents. Teaching girls to drill and lathi and helped the women suffering in the riot affected areas of Noakhali.

Additionally, as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, she forced the state employees to withdraw the strike with strong will. She was first influenced by communism, and then became completely Gandhian.

Some Final Thoughts

The year 1946 was a great one for the stateswoman. She was appointed as a member of the Central Legislative Assembly. Additionally, Kripalani was also elected a member of the Constituent Assembly. Her political dedication and ability, won her a seat at the Sub-Committee which prepared the Charter of the Constitution of India.

On August 15, 1947, Kripalani sang the national anthem Vande Mataram before delivering Nehru’s speech in Parliament.

Finally, going from strength to strength, Sucheta Kripalani was elected to the assembly for the first time in the year 1948 as a member of the Congress Executive (1948 – 1951). In 1949, Kripalani was appointed as the representative of the United Nations General Assembly.

Her journey and her career grew over the years and she always maintained her motto of empowerment.


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