Tagore's critique of nationalism
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Rabindranath Tagore was an educationist, who gave us valuable insights into our society and education system Its very important to read his perspective on nationalism There is a reason he was called 'Guruji'
Tagore was against the colonial rule He wrote for independence and freedom, and wanted the British to leave India However, he had very specific reasons as to why he was against the British rule
Tagore's reasons for being agains British rule in India He felt that in the British rule, freedom was greatly compromised There was no place for upholding of dignity of human relationships' He emphasized that British upheld these values for their own citizens However, they treated Indians as being lesser than humans
Thomas Mcaulay wanted Indians who would be "Indian in colour, but British in taste.
Opposing the British, or Rejecting them? However, Tagore never REJECTED the British blindly He was against illogical in which a person the idea of nationalism, one loses a sense of reason He suggested that Indians should try to stick to their own culture and traditions but not be bound by it If the British culture adds value to their lives, they must adopt such practices intelligently
The case of language Let's try to understand this with the help of language Imagine you live in India and your mothertongue is Hindi You must know how to read, write speak and understand Hindi, because that is your culture However, you can learn English as your second language, as it enhances you as a global citizen
The schools which penalise their students for not speaking in English should stop this practice immediately!
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So, Tagore's logical ideas must be considered today, when we are all ready to go to any lengths in the name of Nationalism