India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was a man of letters, quite literally.
In his long and illustrious life, Nehru wrote and received correspondence from many noted personalities including poet Rabindranath Tagore, artist Amrita Sher-Gill, Poetess Sarojini Naidu, French Nobel Laureate and literateur Roamin Rolland.
One such letter, written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1936 to Nehru was recently shared on Twitter by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.
The Thiruvananthapuram MP shared an image of the original letter, written in Tagore's own hand, dated May 31 1936 from his home in Shantiniketan.
The letter had been written after Tagore read Nehru's autobiography called "An Autobiography" or "Towards Freedom" that Nehru had written while in prison due to his fight for the Independence of India.
"I have just finished reading your great book and I felt intensely impressed and proud of your achievement," Tagore wrote." Through all its details there runs a deep current of humanity which overpasses the tangles of facts and leads us to the person who is greater than his deeds and truer than his surroundings," he concluded.
This was Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s note to Pandit Nehru after reading his autobiography in 1936. Extraordinary and exquisite. pic.twitter.com/46PtaVJixG— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 30, 2020
Nehru's autobiography was written between 1934 and February 1935 when he was in prison. His wife Kamala Nehru had at the time been ailing and their daughter and future Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandi often went to live in Shantiniketan in the care of Tagore.
Nehru greatly revered Tagore and after the death of his wife Kamala, he personally wrote to him to thank him for his kind words on her.
Sharing the letter on Twitter, Tharoor wrote, "This was Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s note to Pandit Nehru after reading his autobiography in 1936. Extraordinary and exquisite".