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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Ram Jethmalani: Defying Age

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Recently, during the hearing of a matter in Supreme Court, when the court found that Ram Jethmalani was appearing for the petitioner, the judge asked him, perhaps in jest, that when was he going to retire. Not one to shy away from a repartee, Jethmalani asked the judge whether he was asking when he will die.

People like Jethmalani have proved that age is just a number and those who hide behind their advancing years to sit at home and twiddle their thumbs are just shirkers. In his nineties now, Jethmalani has been blessed with a razor sharp brain and has defied the ageing process to remain in full control of his faculties. He seldom misses a trick in court and his performance will make many a junior look for the nearest hiding place. Alternatively, they can imbibe his habits and enrich themselves.

For some people, dying in the saddle is more than just an expression. It is true that death will come to such people the moment they stop working. Work is the elixir that keeps their heart ticking. It is also true that not everyone is so blessed.

Normally, people are incapacitated by the ageing process. Some are physically debilitated through diseases such as joint pains and acute cervical or other spondilitis that restrict their movement. Others get afflicted by Alzheimer’s or other diseases and are not in full control of their mental faculties.

But once in a while when one comes across a working nonagenarian, one is happy. Senior citizens have a lot to contribute to society in terms of their experience, if their condition permits.