Monday, August 15, 2011

Where the mind is with fear

Rabindranath Tagore penned those beautiful lines - 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. 

Today 64 odd years later, I feel a little pessimistic this I-day for the day we get independence from corrupt rulers is when we will truly be independent.

The mind lives in fear - we may even have a thought police soon. Heads may be held high - but only of those who have looted mercilessly.
Knowledge is not free - it may be censored- our world has indeed been broken up into fragments, by narrow domestic walls - raised to heights each year by our friends, our rulers
Words are construed to give many hues  - any hues other than the truth
Tireless striving seems to happen to garner as many entitlements as possible
The clear stream of reason seems to be funded by the friendly neighbours spy agency
And the mind is led forward by billions earning mediapersons...

Anyway there is hope...and we are all part of that hope. Happy I-day. Not a day to be despondent, but a day to be hopeful. After all, if the English could be thrown out, so can the corrupt?

1 comment:

Savitha Rao said...

The last line of your post fosters hope..