They also dance who raise their hands in unison

For those whose India is shining, the country’s population is a vital stat. A demographic, whose dividend should be reaped. Fifty-six per cent of India, as the cliche goes, is below the age of 25; 70% below 35.

But what of the rest? What, indeed, of those who are beyond the “working age population”—retired, over the hill, abandoned, unwell, ailing—and neither below 25 nor 35?

At the opening of a centre to help the elderly in Bangalore on Saturday, some very willing enthusiasts take part in a musical exercise to demonstrate that the future is ahead of them, too, if only we would notice.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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