Republic Day.

India became a Republic on January 26, 1950. Yes, the Republic is Sixty Years old today.

India became an Independent country, shrugging off British rule in 1947. It took us about two years and some months to draw up our constitution which replaced the Government of India Act of 1935. The day January 26, was chosen as it was on that date in 1930, that Indians declared their intention to become independent from British rule.

It is a mature nation if you consider sixty years of existence as being equivalent to a human being. Like all sixty year olds, our nation too has many plus points and as many minus points about it.

I can wax eloquent about both the pluses and minuses, but shall leave my readers with two links to indedpendent views. I liked both of them despite their rather unflattering references in some instances.

One is by Anne Applebaum who writes in the Washington Post and the other is by Harmeet Shah Singh, who writes for the CNN.

I will be very happy to answer any questions that my readers may have after reading both articles.