Where the mind is without fear…

Today I would like to share with you a beautiful poem written by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore…In fact my blog is named after a certain phrase from this poem…

A brief background about this poem is that it was written in the pre-independance struggle of India. It was a time of national struggle to free ourselves from bondage and the dominance of Britain…It was a time where in a lot of visionaries of India united with one common goal in mind..That is to form a free India which would one day rise to be a strong nation. Today is the 64th Republic Day of India.. I’m blessed to be Indian and proud of my cultural heritage..

It is also a time where in we must reflect on this great poem.. How have we actually progressed as human beings on a larger perspective? Are our values as strong as our forefathers or are they dwindling down? Most importantly how do I free myself and my country from the various evils that cloud us.. It’s time we start a personal revolution…A revolt against all the things that make us slaves and dominate us…A fight to be free in the truest sense….

Let’s ponder on these points as we read the poem :-


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;

Where knowledge is free;

Where the world has not be 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 it’s 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.

-Rabindranath Tagore