chootez lao

What About Tagore - Poem by chootez lao

The greatest of Bengalee poets
Writing verse to please an imperial majesty
What loyalty to colonial masters
What love for a knighthood
The world has short memories
Perhaps a time to remind of
What was and when.

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  • (1/16/2006 6:38:00 AM)

    I read this message of yours only today, Lao. And I'm surprised at what you say. I don't think Tagore ever needed any recognition from abroad, i.e. from the British, to establish his Greatness. He was great even otherwise. He was an icon in Bengal so long as he lived. He was called 'Gurudev', an epithet conferred to him by people of his own land who loved him immensely because he rendered to them a poetic world whose beauty and sensitivity captured the 'hearts' of all...

    And Tagore was a Bengali poet by all means. He transcreated his works into English only as a literary experiment. if you read Arvind Krishna Mehrotra's book on Indian Writers in English, you will find an essay on Tagore by Amit Chaudhuri were the writer clearly points out as to how Tagore hated writing in English because he knew he was bad at it...

    Tagore never went chasing money or fame, rather fame and money came chasing him.. If you read Tagore's Gitanjali, you will find that the poet talks only about humility and nothing else... And you say he was a greedy man! !

    History is always written by winners and is often a compilation of prejudiced opinions. I'd abide by Literature rather for there can be no permanent and time-tested truth as to what literature has to offer..
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  • (11/11/2005 2:35:00 AM)

    On the other had they both cared a great deal and Tagore never wrote the National Anthem - we adopted something he wrote. Both Bose and Tagore cared a great deal and were always beholden to outsiders - Gandhi on the other hand had the good sense to see through the evil Hitler was well before he became a global menace. It is a pity that we still adoe these guys for the wrong reasons - giving up a knighthood acccepted when people who experienced the Great War of Independence (or Mutiny) doesn't show good sense, good timing or lack of greed. Tagore was greedy for honours all the time; just as Bose wanted a lot of Indians to die for something that did not need an armed conflict to achive that too with the support of a cruel imperial power like Japan. I suggest you re examine your reading and understanding of history Vidyanjali. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2005 11:46:00 PM)

    I don't think Tagore or Bose ever gave a damn about foreign recognition or anything. When honour was bestowed they accepted it graciously but when they felt it was not worth it they rejected it too... Thats as simple as that...!

    I don't think Tagore or Bose would have anticipated things that happened later on.. Tagore gave up his title due to the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre. Could he have anticipated such a thing to take place? Of course not... He respoended to the occasion in a timely manner and his gesture is surely worth praise.

    Bear this in mind that today we view these events from the ADVANTAGE OF HISTORY, for them it was their present and they had to tackle situations as and when it came...
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  • (11/9/2005 9:25:00 AM)

    Why Vidyanjali, did he accept the knighthood in the first place? Not very wise was he? ? ? Both Tagore and Subash Chandra Bose seem to have gone along with the wrong side - the British and the Janapnese, and Germans hence my anger. (Report) Reply

  • (11/9/2005 8:50:00 AM)

    Tagore gave up the title called 'Sir' bestowed upon him by the British in order to express his dissent for the imperial rule... Kindly do not propagate wrong ideas about the one who contributed the nation (India) its National Anthem, Jana Gana Mana...

    Not to sound offensive, but this is unobjectionable historical truth that I am stating here...
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  • (11/9/2005 8:00:00 AM)

    is this true
    I always thought the man
    but I have no reason to question
    your truth
    your anger
    a fine poem
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 9, 2005

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