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Mainstream, VOL LIII No 32 New Delhi August 1, 2015

Greatness

Friday 31 July 2015, by Badri Raina

Always wondered whether little
People may be called "great",
Those who live and die
Without ever coming into the public
Eye—noble to the core in
Every sort of menial chore.
Or must greatness of necessity
Involve the conquest of land
And leverage, through sword
Or subterfuge, or cunning
Deployment of the beguiling
Word, leaving behind the claims
Of the yellowed page. Can those
Who simply wish well and remain
Mindful of such whose stories
Few sribes or or eulogists will tell
Ever be designated "great", exccept
In a sort of politic flourish
Among the media, where the
Rottenest may allude to the “great
People of India” etcetra., Is
It so impossibe to marry great
Purpose to a lived ordinariness
And throb of empathy? Perhaps
Not: think of a Kalam or a Gandhi.

Badri Raina