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Wake Asia Wake - Part One - 7

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Wake Asia Wake - Part One - 7

And shake off the mantric spells ringing in your conditioned minds
            but remember and preserve the great sanskrit treatises
            those that refined aesthetics in dance music drama poetry  in sculpted architecture
                                                            Wake! Artful India! Wake!
And see how all is not bad in the horrendous past
            see how Akbar the Great lavished learning in between dangling his sabre
            see how the Moghuls wrought lasting mausoleums in the name of love
                                                  Wake! O! Suffering India! Wake!
See how the British-planned railways brought you closer than ever before
            see the I.C.S. examination as the equaliser   the Confucian meritocracy
            see how the Western savants discovered your own glorious past for you
                                                              Wake! O! India! Awake!
Recognize the truth of your enslavers’ contribution to the sub-continent
            heed not those who would poison your minds with chauvinistic lust
            accept the historical fact as a truth that cannot recede into wishful oblivion
                                                             Wake! Now! India! Wake!
There is no shame in being taught the truth of your present or past plight
            the accidents of history have reaped their toll on your memory
            but now you are master of your own fate  of your own history to come
                                                                    Wake! India! Wake!
Wake! and show the way to a better understanding for the less fortunate
            the maimed in mind  the thwarted by birth  those  the abject  shunned from sight
            let them also claim descent from your Himalayan height
                                                                Wake! India! O! Wake!
Before it’s too late! Before your own kind enslave you again
            victim to your former masters’ machinations
            slave to your own listless traditions
                                                           Alas! Wake! India! Wake! 
Where is that all-embracing self-negating self
           You who have turned upon yourself
           once too often to shed your precious blood and repent
                                                                    Wake! India! Wake!
(Continued in Part One - 8)

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  1. Date: 6/14/2012 8:51:00 AM
    This is a very inspiring poem, of course, I am not knowledgeable in the affairs of Asia, but I am wondering if this wonderful poem ever had occasion to be published in Asia? I think it might have inspired millions. hugs, catie :)