DP Daily Prompt: Dream Teacher
You can choose any person from history to teach you any topic you want, who’s your teacher, and what do they teach you?
I would like Rabindranath Tagore to be my teacher, my topic is,”Nationalism”. My question to him is why is there a problem of nationalism in India?
Tagore says, Our problem in India is not political.It is social.He says in Europe, people have racial unity from the beginning, and where natural resources were insufficient for the inhabitants, the civilization has naturally taken the character of political and commercial aggressiveness. In former days they organized and plundered, in the present age the same spirit continues—and they organize and exploit the whole world.
From the beginnings of history ,India has had her own problem constantly before her–it is the race problem.
In spite of our great difficulty,Tagore says, India has done something, she has tried to make an adjustment of races,to acknowledge the real differences between them where these exist,and yet seek for some basis of unity.This basis has come through our saints,like Nanak,Kabir,Chaitanya and others, preaching one God to all the races of India.
Tagore says,those of us in India who have come under the delusion that mere political freedom will make us free have accepted their lessons from the west as the gospel truth and lost their faith in humanity.We must remember whatever weakness we cherish in our society will become the source of danger in politics, he further says the basis of nationalism is wanting. The very people who are upholding these ideals are the most conservative in their social practice.