“We are ranked as the cleanest city in India!” muttered some municipal boss in the city of Indore to his subordinate.

 “Yes sir,” the employee whispered back, “four years running!” 

’Tis a cold winter here in America where I’ve been the last month.’

I wrote this three years ago, while spending December in America, under the Trump regime!

Till 1967, seventeen states in the USA, banned interracial marriages!

That same year the law was found unconstitutional and thrown out. Immediately after that public approval of interracial marriage rose from around 5% in the 1950s to around 80% in the 2000s! Which means that because of a stupid law, people felt marrying from another community was wrong.

Yesterday while speaking at a function on the role of writers I saw a young lady putting her headeown every time I said we all had a role to play in changing peoples lives.

I met her afterwards during the tea break:

"You didn't seem to be agreeing with what I said?" I asked her.

Today, on India's Republic Day, I am proud to be a citizen of the world's largest democracy: Of a land that has a written constitution which is the longest in the world; 397 articles, 12 schedules.