Is Rabindranath Tagore’s poem ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’ a prayer for India alone? how can you tell?
The poem was primarily meant for India, no doubt. The poet prays for his ‘country’ to raise it to a ‘heaven of freedom’, as it was still under the rule of external forces. Moreover, people were ignorant, shallow-minded, lazy, opportunistic and superstitious. So the poet was sad to think of his countrymen and expressed his concern in this poem in the form of a prayer to the God.
But as a work of art, the poem should be and now is interpreted with a wider approach. The poet has talked about the evils of human society that are prevalent more or less all over the world. So, this should be seen as a prayer for the good of entire humanity.
No, the poem isn’t a prayer for India alone. It’s a universal plea that holds good at all times and for all nations of the world.