Tagore didn’t draw a facile line between East and West. He didn’t paint a black and white picture; and in her introduction to her translation of selected Tagore poems, Ketaki Kushari Dyson points out that he was “always deeply appreciative of the solid achievements of the West” although critical of its “mechanist approach to reality”. At the same time he was aware of those elements in India’s heritage that also needed to be changed.

Tagore’s universalism is the theme that runs through this anniversary edition of Resurgence. It is in stark contrast, of course, to the barren economic globalisation ...


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