In yet another major goof-up, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Wednesday, June 19 attributed a famous line by 'Gurudev' Rabindranath Tagore to Lebanese writer and poet Kahlil Gibran.
Taking to Twitter, he tweeted that "those who discover and get to understand the wisdom of Gibran's words, cited below, get to live a life of contentment". However, the lines mentioned in the picture are from Rabindranath Tagore.
The lines are actually Rabindranath Tagore's short poetry. It is a well-known quote that the Pakistani PM misquoted:
The latest goof-up continues what has been a highly-embarrassing week for the Pakistan Prime Minister
During the SCO summit in Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek, Khan had committed a massive diplomatic blunder. A video released by Imran Khan's political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit showed that while the assembled world leaders were entering the hall one after the other and then waiting for the quorum to be completed, the Prime Minister of Pakistan unceremoniously ambled in and brazenly took his seat, despite everyone in the hall - hundreds of people - remaining on their feet.
Putting the reputation of Pakistan at stake, further, in visuals it could be seen that Imran Khan looks around, then stands up, then yet again sits down comfortably while the World Leaders are still entering the hall.
Who is Rabindranath Tagore?
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) also known as Rabi Thakur, was a poet of the late 19th – early 20th century, he was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj. He won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.
Known mostly for his poetry, Tagore wrote novels, essays, short stories, travelogues, dramas, and thousands of songs. Of Tagore’s prose, his short stories are perhaps most highly regarded; he is indeed credited with originating the Bengali-language version of the genre. His works are frequently noted for their rhythmic, optimistic, and lyrical nature.
This line is from Tagore's short poetry.
Who is Kahlil Gibran?
Kahlil Gibran was Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist.
Gibran was born in the town of Bsharri in the Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire, to Khalil Gibran and Kamila Gibran (Rahmeh). As a pre-teen Gibran emigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.