To Indians, (and especially to the Bengalis) Rabindranath Tagore needs no introduction. The first Nobel Laureate of Asia was the pride of the nation when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for his beautiful verses in Gitanjali . Alas, for those of us, who were born after August 7, 1941, you never really got a chance to hear the voice of Tagore, the poet, the philosopher, the patriot, the author, the composer, the painter, as he passed away that day.
But, here is a rare glimpse of Rabindranath Tagore giving a patriotic speech:
Here’s what he is saying in the video:
Human world is made one. All the countries are losing their distance everyday. Their boundaries not offering the same resistance as they did in the past age. Politicians struggle to exploit this great fact and ramble about establishing trade relationship, but my mission is towards for a world wide commerce of heart and mind sympathy and understanding and never to allow this sublime opportunity to be sold in the slave market for the cheap price of individual profits or be shattered away by the unholy competition in mutual distractiveness.
It has been nearly 74 years since his death, yet even today when there is a cricket match between Bangladesh and India, in a different country, one can’t help but to feel proud when two of his composed national anthems are played there.