The 16th episode of #mindpower is dedicated to Rainis’ political activities. In April 1920, Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija, greeted by thousands of their compatriots, returned to Latvia from the Swiss exile. Rainis was elected Member of Constitutional Assembly and Member of Parliament. From December 1926 till January 1928, he held the position of Minister for Education.
In this episode, the Slovak diplomat Pavol Demeš interprets an aphorism written down by Rainis on 10 March 1921.
Dr Pavol Demeš was the Slovak Minister for Foreign Affairs between 1991 and 1992 and the Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic between 1993 and 1997. He has also served as the Director for Central and Eastern Europe of the German Marshall Fund of the United States from 2000 to 2010. He has received the EU-US Democracy and Civil Society Award (1998) and the USAID Democracy and Governance Award (1999).