As Abu Muhammed Habibullah phrases it, Nazrul had “innate catholicity and cosmopolitan humanism.” He was theistic, yet he rebelled aginst the corruption that he found in religion, and was essentially an optimist, “who believed in the perfectibility of man” as Syed Sajjad Husain states. He wished to fight injustice in the world, and the exploitation of people in the name of God, especially by institutionalized religion. What are the ideals of Kazi Nazrul Islam? In his own words, he came to argue against inequality, oppression, colonialism, tyranny, religious, moral and political hypocrisy, and religious fanaticism. He was in favor of equality, freedom, justice, love, romance, idealism, unity and peace. He was a man of his own age, but these ideals are universal ones, for people have not greatly changed today from Nazrul’s time. His words are as important today as they were in his own time.
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