what does the rabindranath tagore mean by "dead habit"? in the poem "where the mind is without fear" or " a prayer"

In the poem 'Where the mind is without fear', Rabindranath Tagore describes the old customs and rituals as dead habits. He wants us to leave behind all the Dead habits and think rationally. These dead habits disturb a man's thinking and he ends up taking meaningless decisions. therefore, he wants people to think as a rationalist and work towards developing the social and economic state of the country. If people understand this, then India will truly become a free and no longer will be driven by dead habits.   :-)
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