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Monday, August 15, 2005

Independence Day


Where the Mind is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action—
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
~ From Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali.

Rabindranath Tagore's Where The Mind is Without Fear holds as much relevance today as it did when it was written 95 years ago. This is one of my favourite poems.
Read Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali.