Indian Women’s Freedom Song: Where the Mind is Without Fear: #1BillionRising
‘Where the Mind is Without Fear‘ is a famous poem that the great Indian poet and Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, had written in 1901 to inspire India’s Freedom Movement. Tagore believed that India’s fight was not just against British colonial rule. But this fight for freedom and democracy for all its citizens had also had to be fought within, against its own social structures and cultures.
In 20 years, 20% of women will have been exterminated from India, subject to every form of misogyny and violence, before and after birth (see this). For too long, we’ve kept silent and borne this violence like we were taught to. For too long, we’ve allowed customs, culture, religion, class, family, caste, and government to imprison us in this cage of violence and fear! No more!
The December 2012 protests that started in Delhi, and spread to the rest of India, after the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman touched a nerve, that set off a time-bomb! The government tried to squash the protests that started in Delhi with brutal force and dirty political maneuvers, and continues to attempt to block and minimize all grassroots efforts rallying for the safety of women and girls in India. But the fact is – THE REVOLUTION IS ALREADY HERE! And it is moving forward, regardless!
The 50 Million Missing Campaign is honored to present below the anthem to India’s second fight for freedom and democracy. It is a series of photos from the Delhi gang rape protests and is accompanied by Tagore’s freedom poem. The photos were contributed by various photographers to our campaign’s flickr pool, which is supported by more than 2400 photographers. Click on the photos to connect to the photographer’s site. To see our other online photo-shows click here.
WHERE THE MIND IS WITHOUT FEAR
AND THE HEAD IS HELD HIGH;
WHERE KNOWLEDGE IS FREE;
WHERE THE WORLD HAS NOT BEEN BROKEN UP INTO FRAGMENTS
BY NARROW DOMESTIC WALLS;
WHERE WORDS COME OUT
FROM THE DEPTH OF TRUTH;
WHERE TIRELESS STRIVING
STRETCHES ITS ARMS
WHERE THE CLEAR STREAM OF REASON
HAS NOT LOST ITS WAY
INTO THE DREARY DESERT SAND OF DEAD HABITS;
WHERE THE MIND IS LED FORWARD
INTO EVER WIDENING THOUGHT AND ACTION;
INTO THAT HEAVEN
LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!
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