The Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize is like no other. Naturally creativity and artful writing have to be there, but our compass is another: revival of poetry and books that can change lives. It is an annual cultural event whose purpose is to reconcile international and Indian writers and artists to build cultural differences and promote peace and education.
We want to reward authors whose efforts to promote compassion, tolerance, mutual understanding, have successfully bridged various divides such as class, caste, ethnicity, gender, age, education. These authors point to a common humanity and something beyond, the One of us all. We feel that these books are the soul of our society today.
Our initial goal is to print and donate 10,000 copies of “Hundred Poems of Kabir” to as many schools, this masterpiece of poetry translated to English by Rabindranath Tagore can reach millions of children. Our ultimate goal is to donate books to all schools in India and thus, reach millions of children. By educating young minds, as early as primary school age, we are creating the starting point for a better future, where inter-caste love thrives, minorities are heard, tolerance and compassion are intrinsic, and everyone has a chance to fulfillment in life.
Are we dreamers? Maybe, but so are our authors, and so will be our winners. This is why we need the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize in India today, and in the world tomorrow. Because our initiative does not stop here: from Mother India we take the first steps. We want the culture of harmony to trickle down to schools, to young children, through mindful education. And then to spread, from new citizens of the world.