Children Of Independence, by Sankar Chatterjee

They have been close-knit cousins, born in succession, after the nation earned its independence. Their parents became refugees due to the post-independence riot along the country’s religious divide line. None of the cousins grew up with a refrigerator, telephone, television, washing machine, or an automobile. They were the “children of independence”, first generation of a third world country. Now middle-aged, the cousins watch the evolution of the next generation. With smartphones, flat-screen TVs, designer clothes, and flashy cars, the country shed its label of “third world”, just in one generation.

But along came wealth-inequality with right-wing extremism, creating a brand new division.


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