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Panaji: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that education is English cannot instil humanitarian and patriotic values in Indians.

He made these remarks on Sunday in the presence of Goa chief minister and education minister Laxmikant Parsekar after unveiling a statue of KB Hedgewar, the founder of the right-wing organisation, reported The Times of India.

“English education can only train us enough to be able to earn our daily bread. These are the words of Swami Vivekananda. We don’t need such schools but those that teach us to serve for the betterment of other human beings,” Bhagwat was quoted as saying by the newspaper. 

“Veer Savarkar had said, ‘If I cannot spread the fragrance of my education for the betterment of our country, then my education would be useless… Even donkeys can go around bearing the weight of books’,” Bhagwat added.

The Goa CM Parsekar, however, sought to clear the air by saying that Bhagwat’s speech won’t influence the government while deciding on the medium of instruction (MoI) issue at schools.

“I don’t feel it will have any effect, positive or negative,” he said.

RSS organ ‘Panchjanya’ has been opining that Hindi should be promoted in India in a bid to unite the country and free it from the clutches of a foreign language, namely English.

“Hindi has the potential to unite the country,” ‘Panchjanya’ recently opined in an editorial on September 10 coinciding with the Hindi Diwas.

 “Hindi’s ability to unite India is a threat to all those forces which want the country to remain enslaved to English. Hindi is not against India’s regional languages. This is a myth being perpetuated,” the editorial said.

In Goa, however, Forum for Rights of Children’s Education (FORCE) has demanded that the government pass an Act providing grants to schools with English as their MoI. Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM), on the other hand, has called upon the government to discontinue grant-in-aid to English-medium primary schools.

The BJP’s Goa government is likely to introduce the medium of instruction Bill in the winter session of the state legislative assembly that will commence on January 11.

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8 must-read works of Rabindranath Tagore

Tagore was a versatile artist who provided an earnest insight into society and humanity with his various short stories, novels, essays, songs, plays, and paintings.

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Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature. Wikimedia Commons
Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature. Wikimedia Commons
  • Rabindranath Tagore was the pioneer of Bengali Literature.
  • He has many landmarks works to his name which continues to inspire masses.
  • His collection of poems, Gitanjali got him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913.

The Nobel Prize-winning writer, Rabindranath Tagore, also known as Gurudeva or the Bard of Bengal, was the trailblazer of Bengali literature. He possessed literary genius through which he brought a revolution in Bengali literature and music.

A painting by mullti-talented Rabindranath Tagore.
A painting by multi-talented Rabindranath Tagore.

Tagore was a versatile artist who provided an earnest insight into society and humanity through his short stories, novels, songs and paintings. His works even today inspire the masses and young readers and writers. Here is the list of some of his remarkable works:

Gitanjali

One of his best work is a collection of 157 poems called ‘Gitanjali’. The poems in this book vary in their themes, from spirituality to complexities of life. It was originally written in Bengali and was later translated into English. This work was so remarkable that Tagore got a Nobel Prize for it in 1913.

Gitanjali is the landmark work of Tagore. Wikimedia Commons
Gitanjali is the landmark work of Tagore. Wikimedia Commons

 Gitabitan

Rabindranath Tagore was a skilled and sensible songwriter. Throughout his life, he wrote a total of 2230 songs which are popularly known as ‘Rabindra Sangeeth’. The songs were compiled in this exquisite book called ‘Gitabitan.’

Chokher Bali

Chokher Bali or ‘A grain of sand’ is a Bengali novel written by Tagore, which was later translated into English. The story revolves around an extra-marital affair and depicts passion, desires, relationships and honesty in all its complexities. The novel is well known for its portrayal of complexities in a relationship.

Gora 

Rabindranath Tagore wrote 12 novels, and out of these, this one is the longest and most complex. It raises a number of concerns, which are relevant to our nation even today. This book aptly reflects different social standards in colonial India.

Rabindranath Tagore produced many works which changed the literature in India. Image source: buddybyte.com
Rabindranath Tagore produced many works which changed the literature in India. Image source: buddybyte.com

Kabuliwallah(The Fruitseller from Kabul)

The Kabuliwala is about an Afghan vendor who came to Calcutta, trying to earn a living. Along the way, he creates an emotional bond with the narrator’s five-year-old daughter. It is a very touching and heart-warming story which will leave you emotional.

Ghare Baire (The Home and the World)

This book has an autobiographical aspect. It reflects upon the deeper meaning of life by showing the struggles of three individuals. The story represents a war between the western and eastern ideology. Tagore chose Swadeshi Movement as the backdrop for this novel and provided a deep insight into the Bengal history.

The Postmaster

This is another one of Tagore’s work which revolves around the search for the meaning of life. This story of a city man working as a postmaster in a village to earn his living will give you lots of food for thought. The story represents loneliness in a beautifully haunting way.

Shesher Kabita

This novel was first released in a serialised form in the magazine ‘Probashi’. It was published as a book in the year 1928. The translated version of the book is called ‘The Last Poem’ and ‘Farewell song’ in English. The book portrays the platonic love of a matured couple and its complication. It is an epic love saga.