On Rabindranath Tagore’s Birth Anniversary, a Google Fumble

On the 157th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, Google is throwing up a very strange result. The top result for “India’s national poet” is sporting a photograph of Shri Aurobindo, yogi and philosopher and nationalist, who also happened to be a poet. The other similarities between the two men — they were both from Bengal and lived around the same time. And they both had long, flowing beards Clicking onto Shri Aurobindo’s image leads to more of his pictures. On the pages, he is identified by name. Google’s blooper has caused much mirth on social media, especially in Bengal, where Tagore’s birth anniversary is celebrated with a fervor that borders on religious.