Tagore cartoon in the Oregonian, January 1, 1917

This newspaper comic strip was published in the U.S. during Tagore’s 1916-17 tour (Oregonian, January 1, 1917)

Here, we see Tagore staring at Americans who stare back at him with barely disguised curiosity. Any mutual interest implied is marred by the cartoon itself. Scenes show Tagore’s interactions with different American types with the poet dressed in stereotypical ‘holy man’ clothing, a caricature of himself .

 

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