Saturday, October 15, 2011

Radio Prague Today 10.15.2011

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Rabindranath Tagore: an Indian poet who inspired a Czech generation

This year is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Tagore has a special significance for Czechs, as we find out in this week's Czech Books.

February 1948: a new political order enters by the back door

In last week's programme we heard about the Communist-led government that emerged from Czechoslovakia's elections in May 1946. Although the number of parties allowed to take part had been limited, Czechoslovakia was still a multi-party democracy. But the governing coalition was an uneasy one, with the non-communist parties pushed into ever greater isolation, while the communists, with the weight of the Soviet Union behind them, gained an ever stronger foothold.