Union Minister Amit Shah paid tribute to Rabindranath Tagore during a visit to Vishva-Bharati on Sunday, and credited the Nobel Prize for turning Shantiniketan into a hub for cultural exchanges.
He said that as Vishva-Bharati approaches its centennial year, Tagore’s teachings should spread throughout the world, helping Indian knowledge and culture achieve international recognition through his works.
“Tagore has not only enriched Indian philosophy and literature, but has also made Shantiniketan a base for connecting Indian culture with that of many other countries,” Shah told reporters at the end of his two-year visit. hours to the central university.
He said that the bard’s teachings point to the fact that the purpose of education is to overcome narrowness and to know the truth.
Speaking about Tagore’s contribution to the freedom movement, he said that there were two views of nationalism, the main proponents of which were Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, and both were inspired by the same source.
“I firmly believe that it was not the Nobel Prize that recognized the works of Tagores, but found its own recognition by honoring Tagore,” Shah said.
The interior minister said the Nobel laureate had also endeavored to improve the villages along with improving medical care and cleanliness.
Upon arriving at university, Shah paid floral tributes to the statue of Tagore in Rabindra Bhawan.
After being shown the Uttarayan compound where Tagore lived when he was in Shantiniketan, Shah went to the ‘Upasana Griha’ (house of prayer).
He then went to the Sangeet Bhavan, where the university students welcomed him with a cultural program that included folk songs and songs written by the bard.
He also interacted with all the artists who followed the show.
Shah, who came here from Calcutta amid tight security, also visited the Bangladesh Bhavan inside the university complex for an interaction with Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and members of the faculty.
The Vice Chancellor congratulated the Union Minister with a shawl and a photograph of Tagore.