Chitto Jetha Bhayshunyo
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.
– Rabindranath Tagore.
This poem is part of the Nobel prize winning literature ‘Gitanjali‘ written by my countryman Rabindranath Thakur (anglicized as Tagore) who was the first non-European to win a Nobel award for literature. Some of the selected poems of Gitanjali can be found here.