Opinion | Why this year’s Independence Day is not just another date of record
The next seven decades will overlap with the lifespan of 65% of India, which at the moment is less than 35 years of age. If not the country, we should worry for them
Later this week, India complete 71 years of its independence. As anniversaries go, in the normal course, this is just another date of record. On the face of it, that is true. But, actually it is much more; in fact a major milestone for a country that was carved out in such exceptional circumstances—not only did the departing British artificially carve out India, they left behind a bankrupt exchequer and, worse, a socioeconomic foundation, which would leave India crippled for decades. Partition also inspired an avoidable social cleavage in the subcontinent, resulting in one of the worst tragedies in human history.