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What Is Where The Mind Is Without Fear Poem

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Introduction
We live in a society plagued with many problems. A society where a human’s value is determined by money, and not their character. A society where people are discriminated on the basis of their color. A society where certain privileges are restricted for women who bear the society’s next generation. A society where learning and creativity is killed and knowledge is sold at a price. These are characteristics of a society which is on a path that will lead to its own destruction in the near future.
In order to escape our society, we humans have resorted to the one thing that gives us endless pleasure, to indulge in our dreams. Throughout the course of history, we have fantasized the existence of paradise, a perfect world, an ideal
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Brief History of the Poem
The English version of this poem was composed by Rabindranath Tagore in the year 1911. Exactly 37 years before India achieved Independence.
During this time, the people of India were going through an immense political and social struggle, as the country they lived in was under oppression. This oppression was not only physical, but also mental. The people of India had lost hope. They lived in fear, fear of what the British would do next.
The British’s “Divide and Rule” policy had broken the unity of the Indians on the basis of various walls of discrimination. This policy of the British further led to the Partition of India into Pakistan.
The British had torn the Indian economy apart, by exploiting India’s resources along with her people by means of high taxation, leaving them to starve. India’s industries suffered with the rise of the British Industries and their machine-made goods. Knowledge was restricted only to the upper
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He wrote this poem as a prayer to God, whom he addresses as “Father”. Tagore prayed to his “Father” to grant freedom to his country on all levels-religious, political, moral and intellectual. He wanted them to stand up for the truth, strive for the freedom they longed to achieve through sheer hard work and resilience. He wanted them to know, that God was their “Father” and that they were all his children, and that they must support each other irrespective of their caste, color, religion etc. so that they can achieve a common goal- independence. And thus, his country would awaken, into his “heaven of freedom”.

India After independence
At midnight on August 15, 1947, India awoke to freedom. Several decades later, the nation has taken its place as the world’s largest democracy. Let us take a look at how India has progressed since independence, with the help of some of the lines of Tagore’s poem, as it slowly steers itself towards the path that will lead to Tagore’s “heaven of freedom”.
Where the mind is without fear –
Peace and security, internal as well as external, is the first and most essential foundation for the nation’s future progress which reflects in these lines of the poem. India has the fifth strongest military in the world and has got one of the most sophisticated missile programs in the world. We are the only nation in the world which gave every adult the right to vote from its very first
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