The first thing that struck me was that Ramkinkar had no awe of the Prime Minister and could call him a fool. But was it from arrogance that Baij said what he did? Or was it an expression of humility. The humility of the true creator. He could not have given such a pat answer if he had not thought hard as to how to portray Tagore. And he hit the nail on the head because Tagore is one of the most humble creators. In his poetry he comes across as a humble worshipper of nature and the supreme spirit. It is a greatness of those times that Nehru too immediately realised his mistake and said that his understanding of the process of creation was inadequate and he was grateful to Baij for this insight.
Humility is a quality that has vanished in our age. Today one has to sell oneself continuously to survive. If you want funds to pursue some creative activity then you have to advertise yourself. In the process you lose humility and so end up producing trash instead of creating masterpieces. So much of the literature, art and music of our age is nothing but trash.
Even when angry or in anguish Tagore was always humble as expressed in the famous poem Prosno or Question which he is himself reciting here in Bengali -
The rough translation of this poem is -