Exploited colony to largest democracy,
And still fighting off illiteracy.
Robbed and ruined, but never lost our soul,
In world history we’ve always played our role.
Calculate our economy in whatever currency,
We created the decimal system as well as geometry.
Worldwide our army’s the third largest,
And in diversity we leave no room for contest.
No longer a land of snake-charmers and fire-breathing,
We love our culture and values more than anything.
Texture of land is not the only thing here that changes;
We also have the most number of post offices.
Our scientists and engineers outnumber all countries but one,
Even had a scientist for President – APJ Abdul Kalam.
Guess who invented chess,
But never invaded another country in all its years?
We have our faults and shortcomings,
But the world is still turning,
And so, even at the strike of dawn,
I’ll be proud to be an Indian.
(I initially wrote this for a school project, but figured this is a nice place to have it as well.)