Republic Day, as I write this. May my country have many more.
I've been thinking, this is as good a day as any to give some thought to one Prakash Kumar Thakur. Described as a "social worker", this man filed a case against tennis star Sania Mirza three weeks ago. Why? Because she "disrespected the national tricolour by sitting in a manner so that her feet pointed at the flag, which he felt was derogatory and had hurt him." He concluded this when he saw a photograph in the press.
This, felt Thakur, amounted to an offence under the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act.
A Bhopal court admitted the case and has issued a summons to Sania Mirza.
So yes, I think this day on which we honour our country is a good day to think about the social worker Thakur. To think, too, about what truly insults the National Honour: Sania Mirza photographed with her feet pointed at the flag? Or a man who claims this hurts him? Or a summons that's issued based on this claim? Or the idea that there's something dishonourable about our feet?
Take your pick.