Karan Thapar, President, ITV: My hope is that the act of hoisting the tricolour should cease to be seen as either important or a privilege and be open to all provided it is what they want to do. Equally, I hope that those who choose not to hoist it--because such displays of patriotism are not part of their style--should not be looked down upon. I believe patriotism is a sentiment felt in the heart and does not have to be worn on the sleeve or brandished in public as proof of loyalty or desh prem.
Will India ever become a developed nation in your time?
Gurcharan Das, Writer: I can see us becoming prosperous, but I worry about governance. I think large parts of India will turn middle-class in my lifetime; we will also lift most of the people above the dollar-a-day poverty line. But I am less confident about getting teachers and doctors in our government schools and hospitals to show up. I am less optimistic that the patwari in the village will transfer my land to my children's name without a bribe. Thus, we will be developed economically, but undeveloped in governance.
Would you like to be reborn as an Indian?
Norma Heine, wife of the ambassador of Chile: I am a practicing Catholic, I don't believe I will ever be reborn since I am going straight to heaven. However, if I were ever to live another life, I would love to do so as an Indian, since I have never lived in a country (I've lived in five continents) where people are as proud of who they...