Post 66, Abdullahpur Basti, Ludhiana

6:00 p.m.: Rachit is at the DMC Hospital, attending to Birjinder’s mother. She has now been shifted out of intensive care into the general ward because of the definite improvement in her health.

Rachit and I talk about the impending legislative assembly elections. Rachit tells me he is voter identity card is only valid for Bihar, which means he cannot cast his vote here. “I can’t vote in Bihar either,” he adds quickly, “unless I am physically there during the elections.” Rachit opens his wallet and lays out the plethora of government documents that prove his identity. His voter identity card and his Aadhar card are both registered in Sargana, while his driving license is based in Ludhiana.