I am India
I detonated a device that rocked the world.
But I have yet to shake my sleeping millions awake.
My bigotry sundered a subcontinent in two.
But I have given man his most tolerant Faiths.
I grew up unlettered and illiterate I shall die.
But I have schooled a hundred million children.
My life is a trauma of permanent hunger.
But I have created protein from sugarcane bagasse.
I perish in my thousands of cholera and typhoid.
But I have led the team which discovered aureomycin.
My industry stagnates because I will not work.
But I have leapt a hundred technological years in twenty.
I walk in the footsteps of a man called Mahatma.
But I have loved the teacher more than his teachings.
Freedom was the paradise I promised my poor.
But they halved the reward by doubling their numbers.
I was born in a palace plundered and sacked.
But I have made of the ruin the home I love called India .
I am sad.
But I am glad.
Ours is a magnificent land.
We must build a magnificent future.
Very touching. The bit about Gandhi is especially relevant in these troubled times.
I do not know who wrote this. If you know, do comment below so I can properly credit him/her.