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What many people don’t know is the relation between Tagore and Raksha Bandhan. In 1905, Lord Curzon’s dubious attempts of dividing Bengal were coming true. Though they said that it was purely for administrative purposes, Curzon wanted to execute the ‘divide and rule’ policy. He intended to separate the Muslim populated areas of Assam and Syhlet (present day Bangladesh) and the Hindu populated areas of Bihar and Orissa. He also made sure that he influenced the crowd to support his decision by fooling them that this separation would help them to maintain their identity.

Rabindranath Tagore was not to be fooled and neither was he taking this debauchery, lying down. He made an extremely peaceful attempt to counter Curzon’s wicked scheme. The partition was to come to affect on October 16 which was the day of Raksha Bandhan. Tagore urged all Hindus and Muslims to come out and tie Rakhis on this day to express their love, harmony and unity. Tagore’s request was respected by both the communities and hundreds of people took to streets to demonstrate their cooperation. For the first time in India, Religion was used to unite people. This was one of the reasons behind Tagore scripting Amar Shonar Bangla.

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One of Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry implicating Raksha Bandhan:

The love in my body and heart
For the earth’s shadow and light
Has stayed over years.

With its cares and its hope it has thrown
A language of its own
Into blue skies.

It lives in my joys and glooms
In the spring night’s buds and blooms
Like a Rakhi-band
On the Future’s hand.

Now that we know the relation between Tagore and Raksha Bandhan, hope everyone respects his vision and celebrates the day in true spirit.

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