7 Union Territories (Federal enclaves),
100 + Languages,
900 + Dialects,
8 Major Religions and all their sub categories.
1.2 Billion people.
Yes, it is our Independence Day. 64 years ago we became free from the British. We however adopted their language as one of our own.
I was 4 years old when that happened and have been part of the growing up process of this ancient land. It is still growing and reinventing itself as it goes about finding its place in the world.
Today, I can honestly say that I am glad that I am an Indian. It was not always so and there were times when I too had contemplated emigrating like so many of my contemprories did. The grass has grown quietly by itself without me having to do anything about it, other than witness the process.