Appeal to an Avatar

(dedicated to my good friend Himadeep Muppidi who prodded me to respond to current happenings)

O Christna
Show us the way forward
O Lord of Karma, O Lord of Love

These are troubled times for India
Where we are left in doubt
Whether the pen is mightier than the sword

These are troubled times for India
Where we seem to think
Different people are headed to different heavens

These are troubled times for India
Where one no longer is sure
Whether one is an Indian or a Hindu

These are troubled times for India
Where we stand up for the National Anthem
But we do not stand up for our neighbour

These are troubled times for India
Where buildings seem more important
Than bridges between people

These are troubled times for India
Where we make a lot of beef about what we eat
But little about the pettiness that is eating us

These are troubled times for India
Where those who are left
Are not left alone

These are troubled times for India
Where one pores over old texts
But does not peer into one’s heart

These are troubled times for India
O Christna, where is an Arjuna
When we so desperately need one

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