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HindustanTimes Sun,13 Jul 2014
Obligation to repay
PP Wangchuk, Hindustan Times
April 01, 2013
First Published: 23:09 IST(1/4/2013)
Last Updated: 23:10 IST(1/4/2013)

Does life begin at 60? It you say ‘yes’, I will say ‘no’. And if you say ‘no’, I will say ‘yes’. That is only to argue that it all depends on how one looks at life.

‘Sixty’ has great significance for human beings. It is the age when, it is said, life begins. But it is also the age when one bids adieu to a part of life one never wants to part with. It is at this stage that one gets tagged ---”senior citizen”.

What is it like to be a senior citizen? If one goes by the adage that life begins at 60, then it becomes an occasion to celebrate.

Yes, in a way, one can say life begins at 60 because one becomes “free” of most of the life’s mundane responsibilities and gets into a stage of “freedom” to retrospect and lead a more meaningful and pious life that goes well with the final journey of life.

And, there is a belief among traditional societies all over the world that 60 marks a ‘critical’ period in one’s life. It is like crossing a very dangerous pass that lets only the lucky get a new lease of life.

But the point is that life, whatever the stage, is for celebration. If one gets beyond 60, then it calls for greater celebration. To celebrate the achievements of life for 60 years is good enough reason to cheer up and look for a brave, new world.

According to Joydeep Chakraborty, managing director of  WhenAt60.com, an organisation that looks after the problems of the aged, India has 100 million people past 60 and “growing very fast”. He regrets that the aged all over the world are left to their fate.

Old people are, in many ways, like little children. They need to feel cared and loved the way we felt when we were in their loving care. Now is the time to repay; and no sacrifice for them is great enough.


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