The Octogenarians: From Partition to a pandemic
They are the ones who have seen it all—Partition, riots, a famine. Now, as covid-19 casts a pall of fear and gloom, these men and women in their 80s reveal what survival really means
"How old are you?" Sabita Goswami, 81, a former journalist who covered the Assam agitation as a field reporter in the 1980s, asks me over the phone as we are wrapping up our interview. “I am 30," I reply. She lets out an audible chortle. “You will grow with age and you will soon have the courage to fight everything…like I did."