Rabindranath Tagore

We manage to swallow flesh only because we do not think of the cruel and sinful thing that we do.  Cruelty… is a fundamental sin, and admits of no arguments or nice distinctions.  If only we do not allow our heart to grow callous, it protests against cruelty, is always clearly heard; and yet we go on perpetrating cruelties easily, merrily, all of us – in fact, anyone who does not join in is dubbed a crank.


3 responses to “Rabindranath Tagore

  1. A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah


    I am a Bengalee by birth and origin. I deeply love my mother language Bengali as also our greatest Bengalee writer Rabindranath Tagore, who was befittingly awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 and this prize made him ten times more popular than what he could be without it. This is very realistic evaluation.

    Once in 1964, when I used to attend the classes on English Literary Criticism by Professor T. N. Sen at Presidency College, Calcutta, I was having some discussion on Rabindranath Tagore with our fellow students at the nearby famous Coffee House. I very much remember that a non-Bengali Brahmin student (from North India) said: If we translate the first lines of the first poem of Gitanjali, “Aamaar maatha noto korey dao…”, in Hindi it will be simply: “Patak de mere sar terey taang par … etc.” According to him it was not as good poetry as claimed by the Bengalees. But we all understand that the sarcastic presentation was not correct.

    But I point out the above just to say that as a student of literature, I strongly feel that if any learned person wants then he can lecture for hours on the words, usage, rhythm, music, and philosophy of a even a second grade poem of any poet.

    Rabindranath Tagore is the only classic icon of the Hindu Bengalees. They were not educated and mature enough in the 19th Century to hold Bankim Chandra or Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar or Raja Ram Mohan Ray or Michael Madhusudan Dutta or Swami Vivekananda as a national icon. In the 20th Century the Hindu Bengalees were ready to adopt a national icon. Never in the history of mankind a poet / lyricist was so much propagated and publicized in spite of various limitations as was in the case of Rabindranath Tagore. The matter may please noted in accordance with the laws of the situation.

    Rabindranath Tagore’s getting Nobel Prize was apparently a political move to quell the Bengalee-led ‘Terrorist Movement’ in the undivided Bengal, especially from 1890 to 1910. As such, it was a diplomatic pampering by London. Had there been no ‘Terrorist Movement’, perhaps even hundreds of ‘Gitanjalis” could never bring Nobel Prize for the “Anglo-Indian” (as stated by the then Nobel Prize authorities) poet Rabindranath Tagore.

    In this context the people may please remember the examples of Nobel Prize for Aung San Suu Kyi ; Dalai Lama; and Liu Xiaobo.

    Time has come that the too much propaganda for Rabindranath Tagore will naturally stop. In 2010 no new edition of the complete works of Rabindranath Tagore has been published. On the other hand though double older writer’s works are getting new edition in the Calcutta market. Of course very popular, but can general Bengalee reader name more than 200 hundred songs and poems by Rabindranath Tagore? No common Indian knows more that 5 (five) poems and songs by Rabindranath Tagore.

    A.B.M. Shamsud Doulah

    • Thank you for the detailed comment on Tagore.
      I am not a student of Tagore to give any constructive criticism on his works, but I can understand that the Nobel Prize is often politically motivated,

  2. I don’t understand why so much criticism? Tagore is well known world-widely… I am not an Indian, but I know his works well, and I enjoy reading them… His novels and poems are beautiful and read by many people in my country… He’s immensely appreciated for his wisdom… His works had done wonders on introducing India and Indian culture to the world and still are…

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