Tagore and Bangladesh

Reading Time: 6 minutesHad there been no stay in East Bengal, Tagore would have been a split soul – a divided personality. A complete and undivided Tagore is that Tagore who is made up of the combination of Calcutta and East Bengal, now Bangladesh. Tagore, however, considered Calcutta and East Bengal as one and the same country—two opposite […]

Revisiting the Idea of School Education of Rabindranath Tagore

Reading Time: 4 minutesTagore wanted to defend freedom he enjoyed in his family, for all humanity. He remained firmly opposed to colonial education that aimed at material prosperity. He believed that only education could promote freedom of humans and made real effort to carry out his educational mission almost unaided and alone. He was fully conscious of child […]

One Last Tagore Birthday before My Death

Reading Time: 8 minutesA Diaspora, Dr. Partha shares the agony of a Bengali far away from homeland. He confesses, there are quite a few other Bengali immigrants both from Bangladesh and West Bengal — highly educated, scholarly and erudite — who are satisfied with the small society they have and therefore do not feel any particular urge to […]

Rabindranath Tagore: An Inquiry into Ideas and Ideals

Reading Time: 9 minutesIn order to acquire a worldview for himself, Tagore strove to achieve a balance between Humanism and Naturalism, Individualism and Determinism, Hedonism and Asceticism, all of them being the various ways of apprehending the ultimate reality. This balance helped him determine his own perspectives on life and times, and his role as a literary writer […]

My Poet, My City: Owning Tagore and the Bard in Allahabad

Reading Time: 18 minutesOur Editor-in-Chief, Arindam, shares his personal relationship with Tagore. It deepened when he learned that Gurudev had a close connection with Allahabad, the scribe’s birthplace. Tagore’s niece was married to a legal luminary in the City of Confluence. Moreover, the Bard had an interesting relationship with the Indian Press. The three editorials of Tapati Sinha, […]

Bangladesh: The Land of my Forefathers, my Roots

Reading Time: 4 minutesMita reminisces a recent visit to Bangladesh and her visits to Dacca, Cox Bazar and Chittagong (her forefather’s land). She weaves history in this travelogue. The pristine beauty of her inherited memory, caught in a time wrap and romanticism of her forefathers’ time, is perhaps a far cry from harsh realities. But, the warmth of the people, their […]