I am 85, now with one foot in the grave, as the proverb says. I am leading a retired life. I am generally aware of what is going on in India and the rest of the world. And there is plenty to feel disturbed about.
I was about 10 when India became independent. But Independence was preceded by extremely violent communal riots and ultimately, the partition of the country. Massive numbers of people were forced to leave their homes and migrate – Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan to India, and Muslims from India to Pakistan. The suffering they underwent cannot be described in words. It could only be felt. Yet, the wise men who met in the Constituent Assembly of India on December 9, 1946 for the first time and deliberated upon the provisions of the Constitution drafted by the committee led by Bhim Rao Ambedkar, finally adopting it on November 26, 1949, gave us one of the finest constitutions in the world. November 26 is now celebrated as the Constitution Day of India. The Constitution came into force on January 26, 1950 which is celebrated as the Republic Day of India. It is that Republic which is under threat today along with the constitution drafted by Dr Ambedkar.