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India Shining

India, my motherland best as any mother
To me, at par with best world over

India's invention of Zero and Decimal 
Critical to scientific calculation, invention

Rich ancient culture of Harappan civilisation
Alexander, Babur, too could not resist invasion 

Founder of Diverse religions,
Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism 

Himalayas, abode of Saints, spiritual Mantra
Holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Bhramaputra 

Multi-culture, cuisine, languages - local, foreign
Muslim, Christian, Zoroaster, secular terrain  

For centuries borne Moghuls, British slavery 
Now successful largest Democracy 

Greats - Gandhi, Vivekananda, Mahavir, Buddha
Sacred texts - Vedas, Puranas, Epics - Ramayana, Mahabharta, Gita 

Taj Mahal, Khajurao, Ajanta, Ellora – mausoleum, temples, caves   
India’s Wonders of World, UNESCO World Heritage Sites 

Deployed for Peace, Nuclear Power  
World’s second largest Army but invaded never 

Founder Member of UN, Non-aligned Movement
India’s standpoint significant in any world’s event

India, leading force in South Asia Region
Global force to reckon with in any international forum    

Every third Indian in world's intellectual work force
Medicine or Software, India has best human resource  

World’s second fastest developing economy 
India, future Super Power, can't stop any 

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Country - India   
By Hitendra Mehta
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~ Harappan civilisation - ancient urban rich Indus Valley civilisation

~Alexander / Babur  – Greece/Moghul Emperor

~Ganga, Yamuna, Bhramaputra – Holy rivers 

~Gandhi – Father of Nation, led Non-Violent freedom struggle against British Empire
   
~Vivekananda – introduced Hindu philosophies of Vedanta & Yoga in Europe &
   America.

~Mahavir / Buddha – founder of Jain / Buddha religion.   

~Vedas, Puranas – Primary Hindu Sacred Texts 

~Ramayana, Mahabharta, Gita – National Hindu Epics. Gita,part of Mahabharta 

~Taj Mahal – Mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. A UNESCO World
   Heritage Site. Featured in Seven Wonders of the World. 

~Khajurao – Hindu, Jain temple famous for erotic sculpture. UNESCO World Heritage
  Site.

~Ajanta –Rock cut monument famous for masterpieces of paintings/sculptures of
  Buddhist religious Art. UNESCO World Heritage Site.

~Ellora – Rock cut monument famous for Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves. UNESCO
   World Heritage Site.

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  1. Date: 4/17/2011 9:55:00 PM
    A beautiful tribute to a land full of so many great contributions to mankind. I think you are a great contribution to INDIA! I have many good friends from India in Ohio and they are great medical providers and technicians. Bless u-a great write. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 2/18/2011 8:20:00 PM
    I am better off and more knowledgeable having read this beautiful poem. Thank you

  1. Date: 1/26/2011 9:47:00 AM
    exellent poem about India...we're all so ignorant of your culture here in the U.S.A. Thanks for enlightening us. I'm currently studing Hindu Theology and find it makes much more sense that silly Christianity. More power to you. Thanks Julie

  1. Date: 1/25/2011 5:09:00 PM
    Good Morning Hitendra!This one is a great tribute to our motherland.Liked very much.Thanks a lot for your inspiring words at my page--kashinath

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 2:41:00 PM
    I agree with everything you said about Inda, Hitendra, and furthermore I might add that the people born there seem to be intelligent, hard-working and very kind. Didn't know India was a co-founder of the United Nations and in many respects this was an educational read for me. It's a shame you missed the deadline for Deb's contest because this would have surely been a winner. Try her next contest -- limericks are fun! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 8:20:00 AM
    Deep intense and intricate look into India Hitendra.. a fascinating write and elegant presentation my friend... enjoyed with luv this happy Sunday..

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 4:35:00 AM
    great work..really felt proud to be one as INDIAN.....

  1. Date: 1/16/2011 4:35:00 AM
    I learned much from this verse and remembered something I had forgotton, I am SO sorry you missed inclusion in the contest. Light & Love & soup mail

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 9:24:00 PM
    Very informative write,Hitendra.A great tribute to our country.Thanks for congrats.You also deserve the same

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 10:09:00 AM
    what a wealth of treasure your beloved country is, Hitendra-- a delight to read and learn from--wonderful poem on your country :)-- thank you as well for dropping by my poems :) enjoy your weekend-- nikko :)

  1. Date: 1/15/2011 8:17:00 AM
    There is such reason to be proud of such a heritage.....a wonderful poem, Hitendra!