President Mukherjee, PM Modi join nation in paying tribute to Rabindranath Tagore

| Updated: May 09, 2017 13:23 IST

New Delhi [India], May. 9 (ANI): As the country observes Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore's birth anniversary today, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the great soul for his contribution towards making India a stronger nation. Taking to Twitter, President Mukherjee said that Tagore was an icon who not only illumined the time he lived in but continues to remain an inspiration for humanity. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gurudev was the perfect ambassador of our country at a time when little was known about India in the outside world <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PresidentMukherjee?src=hash">#PresidentMukherjee</a></p>&mdash; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) <a href="https://twitter.com/RashtrapatiBhvn/status/861755352580321281">May 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In a world fettered by race, creed & colour, Gurudev Tagore promoted internationalism for a new world order <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PresidentMukherjee?src=hash">#PresidentMukherjee</a></p>&mdash; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) <a href="https://twitter.com/RashtrapatiBhvn/status/861755854802096128">May 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Let us use this occasion to draw inspiration from Tagore's idea of oneness of humanity <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PresidentMukherjee?src=hash">#PresidentMukherjee</a></p>&mdash; President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) <a href="https://twitter.com/RashtrapatiBhvn/status/861756357770444800">May 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Paying his tribute as well, Prime Minister Modi tweeted saying that Tagore will always be remembered for his powerful thoughts and contribution to the freedom movement. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gurudev Tagore will always be remembered for his powerful thoughts & contribution to the freedom movement. Tributes to him on his Jayanti.</p>&mdash; Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/861746541857558528">May 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Meanwhile, the process of paying tributes to the great poet has started since early morning throughout West Bengal. The main function is being held at Rabindranath Tagore's ancestral home in Jorasanko in north Kolkata. Songs written by the Nobel laureate poet are being sung and his poetry is being recited at different venues of celebrations. (ANI)

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