‘Pollution Complex’, Tagore and the Tabooed Nation: Revisiting the Select Short Stories

  • Kaustav Chakraborty


People from the lower caste, the ‘West’ and other religions, mainly Islam and Christianity, have been looked upon as the impure Other by the upper-caste Hindus. With the help of some of Tagore’s short stories, this article argues how Rabindranath has been a more consistent and determined critique of this taboo of multiple forms of untouchability compared to some of his contemporaries. Motivated by his sheer love for hospitality and harmony, Tagore has hoped not for a nationalist identity formation but that of the universal man who unites with diverse others without undermining the obvious dissimilarities.


Casteism Racial purity Harmony Untouchable Hospitality 


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