The Tenth Man

Amidst unrelenting darkness

Emerged a leading light

To awaken and galvanize masses

Benefactor of mankind

A social reformer

Man who carried India

From archaic past to enlightened future

Man of India’s destiny

Strived for the unity of civilization

Western or eastern

The Renaissance man!

Physicist with a biologist’s mind

Father of wireless telegraphy

Botany enthralled him

He could feel the pains of

Plucking, pricking, screaming

Believed in the fundamental unity of all life forms

But was conscious that all life forms don’t possess

Same level of consciousness

As unsung he was

As his hero Karna