Selling miniature forms of our national flag and tricolour festoons is not wrong. But the idea of a 10-year-old boy selling them at traffic signals and bus stops worries me a lot. Who is to be blamed? Are their parents at fault? Is it the community or the politicians who have governed us for the past 66 years? A boy turns into a vendor in independent India, and does not attend school. I feel it is a shame for our country.

The writer is in class VI, Sri Mayura International School, Srivilliputtur