Poverty by Kazi Nazrul Islam

Translation: Kabir Chowdhury O poverty, thou hast made me great.Thou hast made me honoured like ChristWith his crown of thorns. Thou hast given meCourage to reveal all. To thee I oweMy insolent, naked eyes and sharp tongue.Thy curse has turned my violin to a sword.O proud saint, thy terrible fireHas rendered my heaven barren.It hasContinue reading “Poverty by Kazi Nazrul Islam”

What is the cause of the present chaos? It is exploitation, I will not say of the weaker nations by the stronger, but of sister nations by sister nations. And my fundamental objection to machinery rests on the fact that it is machinery that has enabled these nations to exploit others. In itself it isContinue reading

Sister Nivedita, The Web of Indian Life

For thousands of years must Indian women have risen with the light to perform the Salutation of the Threshold. Thousands of years of simplicity and patience, like that of the peasant, like that of the grass, speak in the beautiful rite. It is this patience of woman that makes civilisations. It is this patience ofContinue reading “Sister Nivedita, The Web of Indian Life”


We have an idea that we Indians can do something, and amongst the Indians we Bengalis may laugh at this idea; but I do not. My mission in life is to rouse a struggle in you. Whether you are an Advaitin, whether you are a qualified monist or dualist, it does not matter much. ButContinue reading “INDIA DIES NOT”

Swami Vivekananda, INDIA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD

(Brooklyn Standard Union, February 27, 1895) Swami Vivekananda, the Hindoo monk, delivered a lecture Monday night under the auspices of the Brooklyn Ethical Association before a fairly large audience at the hall of the Long Island Historical Society, corner Pierrepont and Clinton streets. His subject was “India’s Gift to the World”.  He spoke of theContinue reading “Swami Vivekananda, INDIA’S GIFT TO THE WORLD”

Swami Vivekananda, Letter to Mary Hale, 30th October, 1899

To Miss Mary HaleRIDGELY MANOR, 30th October, 1899. MY DEAR OPTIMIST, I received your letter and am thankful that something has come to force optimistic laissez faire into action. Your questions have tapped the very source of pessimism, however. British rule in modern India has only one redeeming feature, though unconscious; it has brought IndiaContinue reading “Swami Vivekananda, Letter to Mary Hale, 30th October, 1899”