Mahan and a 'decisive battle'
Is it the case of a boiling kettle?
Blowing a lot of hot steam
That to some, May natural seem!
Of navies and land wars wrote Corbett
Sometimes sneered at Mahan, and yet
Cherry picked his naval wars to get His students
To read The 'Green Pamphlet'
That Mahan was inspired by Jomini
Certainly adds to the acrimony
That drives some of us Out of our wits
To read That Corbett also drew from Clausewitz
To us who have little choice
Since the greats already rolled their dice
Mutely to their ideas We must agree,
Till we can
Contribute with better pedigree!!
Even the smallest lamps we light today
Spread light and keep the darkness at bay,
The flickering flames and their feeble light Have a lesson, should we choose to learn it right.In our own little ways, we may
Emulate the lamps, drive darkness away
Let us then, this Diwali night,
Light up our lamps, let there be light!