What does the poet mean by ‘domestic’ in ‘narrow domestic walls’ in the poem Where the mind is without fear?
Rabindranath Tagore in his poem ‘Where the Mind is Without Fear’ expresses his views against the barriers between men. He wants to see a world that is not ‘broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls‘.
Here the word ‘domestic’ may be taken at more than one sense. It may mean regional or internal. It also points to the narrow attitude as opposed to a feeling of one united nation or one united human race. People often raise barriers around themselves based on their difference with the outer world in terms of class, caste, colour, race, religion, region, ethnicity and so on. These barriers are not favourable for nationalism and internationalism. That is why they are ‘domestic’ in nature.