Israel said on May 7 that a street in the city of Tel Aviv, home to several foreign embassies, is named after India’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore to honour his contribution. On Tagore’s 159th birth anniversary, the Israeli embassy in New Delhi tweeted a picture of the street with a signboard that read “Rehov Tagore”.
Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti is celebrated annually in May, on the 25th day of the Bengali month of Boishakh, to mark the birthday of the legendary writer, poet, and thinker. The Nobel laureate is known for his philosophy of internationalism that left a huge impact on several leaders including Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Tagore won the Nobel in 1913 for his work titled Gitanjali that was originally written in Bengali and then translated to English.
Israel’s tribute to Tagore shows the close cultural ties between the two nations and India has also frequently reciprocated in different ways to strengthen the bilateral relationship. In 2018, the iconic Teen Murti Chowk was renamed after the Israeli city of Haifa, in the centenary year of the Battle for Haifa as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
Indians expressed gratitude towards Israel for honouring the great poet and thinker and said that both countries will together achieve newer heights in the future. Check out some of the reactions:
Tagore is honored And respected across the globe! Remembering Rabindranath Tagore! https://t.co/XmhQ9avOqi— CA Ranjeet K Agarwal (@CaRANJEET) May 7, 2020