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Mainstream, VOL LVII No 17 New Delhi April 13, 2019

Mother Land

Saturday 13 April 2019

Mother India!
We are all your children,
adoring you, chanting ‘victory to thee’.
But, as in a family, we grow unequally:
some privileged, many neglected.

Your boundless affection cascading
from the perennial fountain
percolates through boulders
of poverty, hunger, trickling down
to those: marginalised. 

Yet the inspiring slogan in your praise,
raised from both ends
of the spectrum, reverberates
on the grand orchestra, ringing
the symphony of our pride and glory.

A.K. Das

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