Our Welcoming Country
POETRY FORMAT, 6 Sep 2021
Ancient though our country may be
With scholarship in various areas
Such as philosophy, medicine, even archery
But in Tokyo Olympic, India in the bottom category
Only one gold and two medals silvery
Our ambitious students leaving for Oxbridge, Harvard, MIT
But we still have a large pool of talented students
Who excel in Pol Science and Artificial Intelligence AI
Why call it artificial — it is human brain that shows intelligence
Some birds like storks and others attracted to Indian soil
Earlier they said that storks bring new babies to their parents
Today scores arrive in India to welcoming ponds without toil
To the children they bring excitement, flutter and colour
Birds, most welcome, please fly to this ancient land
That has welcomed invaders and colonialists in the past
But two legged creatures, you bring joy to the wetland
And enrich the country by colourful plumes and musical sounds
Others — two legged people are also welcome
Come visit the heritage Taj Mahal and the Himalayas
Enjoy the wonderful climate — rains, snow, cool breeze
And don’t forget to taste the delicious homemade cheese
Dr Ravi P Bhatia is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, an educationist, Gandhian scholar and peace researcher. Retired professor, Delhi University. His new book, A Garland of Ideas—Gandhian, Religious, Educational, Environmental was published recently in Delhi. firstname.lastname@example.org
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 6 Sep 2021.
Anticopyright: Editorials and articles originated on TMS may be freely reprinted, disseminated, translated and used as background material, provided an acknowledgement and link to the source, TMS: Our Welcoming Country, is included. Thank you.
This work is licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 License.
Join the discussion!
We welcome debate and dissent, but personal — ad hominem — attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), abuse and defamatory language will not be tolerated. Nor will we tolerate attempts to deliberately disrupt discussions. We aim to maintain an inviting space to focus on intelligent interactions and debates.