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Wake Up, Smell The Coffee

He said, she said. From Karan Thapar to Suhel Seth via Brinda Karat, Navjot Singh Sidhu to Vidya Balan, Gurucharan Das, Farhan Akhtar and many others offer their takes.

Wake Up, Smell The Coffee
Wake Up, Smell The Coffee
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Which person do you hope hoists the tricolour some day?

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...

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