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What future vision did Tagore hold for India?

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Posted June 12, 2013 at 6:46 AM via web

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What future vision did Tagore hold for India?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM (Answer #1)

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Speaking in the broadest of terms, I think that Tagore sincerely believed that the future vision of India is one in which education is widely evident.  Even in his darkest and most reclusive phases, Tagore demonstrated a passionate approach to education.  Interestingly enough, he rebelled against his own schooling, disliking it in many ways. Yet, he devoted his life to home schooling his children, and establishing schools and universities.  Tagore believed that the future vision of India is one in which a transformative vision through a universal access to education will enable it to take giant steps in an unknown future.

Indeed, it is this sense of the unknown that Tagore had in his sights regarding the future.  Tagore understood that the changing dynamics of the world around him was one in which there would be no clear path towards the future.  The only constant was in embracing a universal oneness that sought to fuse together that which is opposite.  For Tagore, this becomes the lasting vision he has for India.  It is a world in which there are few opposites and more synthetic integration.  Tagore believes that the only way India can prosper in the future is if she learns to shed the divisions that have been a part of her past.  Rural and Urban, high caste and low caste, men and women, rich and poor, powerful and destitute, and East and West are all labels that represent Indian past.  The vision of India in the future is one in which these distinctions are shed.  The "wholeness of life" seemed to be the only constant that Tagore could find an increasingly dissonant view of reality.  In envisioning the future of India, Tagore saw a world of "wholeness" where such divisions and distinctions are absent.

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