The second most well known personality in China is Tagore

Kolkata, May 31, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Kreation Guru) Cutting across political and various man-made barriers, the world poet and Nobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore’s timeless creations have reached out far and wide. Amongst all the South East Asian nations, the Chinese have been influenced by the poet minstrel’s philosophy of peace and fraternity even in face of divergent elements unleashing terror and disintegration.

Penned by Wang Bangwei- a leading scholar from the University of Peking; the priceless book “Tagore and China” enlighteningly unfolds in English the phenomenal minstrel’s visit to the East Asian country of China and his overwhelming influence on various facets of Chinese civilization. Published by Wang Bangwei in collaboration with ‘Sage’, the book has been co edited by Wei Limug, Amiya Dev and Tan Chung.

The book serves as a glowing testament to the trail of lectures delivered by Gurudev and celebration of the poet Laureate’s sixty third birth day by the industrious people of China. Presented as a trove of scholarly articles put down by eminent academicians and scholars such as Amartya Sen, Uma Das Gupta, Prasenjit Duara and Patricia Uberoi; the collection also highlights some of the rare snap shots as a mark of respect to the most honored poet on the Eastern horizon.

Highlighting Tagore as the fulcrum of Cino-Indian friendship, the book accounts how Tagore integrated the Chinese into the encompassing folds of Eastern glory, after having won the most coveted Nobel Prize. His deep sympathy for its people and concern for a terror free Asia was evident in his criticism of militarism during the Sino- Japan warfare. Gurudev’s essay ‘Chine Maranor Byabsay’ drives home the latter’s condemnation of the British policy imposing restriction on the country’s opium trade.

With a forward by Ms. Nirupama Rao; the well laid out book is a glowing testimony to the cultural partnership between the two nations with Gurudev in the apex. It envisages the essence of Tagore’s idealism as to how cultural interaction can open up avenues for better fraternal ties. Tan- one of the editors and a leading scholar of Chinese Literature rightly observes how Tagore played an instrumental role in shaping Nehru’s idealism for better diplomatic ties with his Asian counterpart.

Expressing revered admiration for the minstrel’s greatness, his orientation towards World peace, Wang Bangwei reflects how the poet served as a bridge connecting the twin nations of India and China closer to one another. In course of various phases of interaction, Tagore’s humane philosophy seems to have played a glaring role in binding the two; in spite of their ideological and political differences on various counts of foreign policy.

In this context Wang Bangwei is quick to point out how the fountain head of peace and tolerance; the revered Sakyamuni or Gautam Buddha has been another pivotal factor ushering in peace, friendship and tolerance. While Lord Buddha- an illustrious figure of the Indian heritage enlightened the Chinese on aspects of spiritualism and divinity; Tagore left his impeccable impact on realms of human values and bonding. Thus both theirs esteemed contribution are looked up to with cherished nobility by the people of China.