Let us now praise a forgotten, if not
unknown, ancient and enlightened king.
Illiterate who literally brought
Hindi and Muslim, with artful cunning,
to see wisdom in the other. Akbar
was not only ahead of his time but
all time. Within humanity’s memoir
of endless faith-based internecine war,
where savage intolerance in the name
of exclusive righteousness, has, is and
will be how zealots do set man aflame,
this prescient seer drew a line in the sand.
With agility and sage sufi skill,
he did religious intolerance kill.