“Our real problem in India is not political. It is social.”
While Tagore is primarily known as a poet and writer, his writings on philosophy — and his involvement in the struggle against the British Raj — are equally significant. Through this essay, he warns of the pitfalls of nationalism and how it rears its ugly head in countries all over from the world, from Japan to India, and reminds the reader that India has never had a nationalist bend. The United States of America is positioned as a shining exemplar of the integration of peoples of diverse origin into civil society.