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‘Freedom From The Insult Of Dwelling In A Puppet’s World’: Tagore’s Poem For His Motherland

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Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore born on this day in 1861 was a polymath who wrote, painted as well as composed.

Read this poem on freedom which rings just as true for our times as it did for his.

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Freedom from fear is the freedom I claim for you my Motherland!—fear, the phantom demon shaped by your own distorted dreams;

Freedom from the burden of the ages, bending your head, breaking your back, blinding your eyes to the beckoning call of the future;

Freedom from the shackles of slumber wherewith you fasten yourself in night’s stillness, mistrusting the star that speaks of truth’s adventurous path;

Freedom from the anarchy of destiny whose sails are weakly yielded to the blind uncertain winds, and the helm to a hand ever rigid and cold as Death;

Freedom from the insult of dwelling in a puppet’s world, where movements are started through brainless wires, repeated through mindless habits; where figures wait with patience obedience for a master of show, to be stirred into a moment’s mimicry of life.

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