Behold, a new baby! Pushing its way through tubes blocked by national apathy. Bumping against a diseased uterus overgrown with tumours from the colonial past. And breaking free of the umbilical cord of antiquated legalism. What is the name of the Indian baby born in 2006? The baby is named Citizen 2006. And she has come to new life this past year.
Her parents, satyagraha and freedom struggle, lived lives of terrible hardship. They faced the bullets and lathis of colonial rule. They marched and fasted for freedom. Citizen 2006 comes into a more comfortable country. She has been born with two more powerful older siblings, technology and news media. Her siblings hold her hand and help her toddle to her feet. Yet Citizen 2006 has also been born into a divided country.
This year in Maharashtra, the Dalit poor attacked the Deccan Queen as a symbol of a train on which they can never travel. The
Rajindar Sachar report showed the agony of Muslims forced every day to display their...