A controversy has been brewing for the past two years in Tagore’s home town of Santiniketan about the 21km, 6ft-8ft (2m-2.6m) wall now being completed around the Visva Bharati campus. What would Tagore have made of the plans?
For his 80th birthday, Tagore wrote what was to be his last speech. It was entitled “Civilisation’s crisis”. As Western countries struggle to deal with an economic crisis, it is in some ways as relevant today as when he wrote it.