This is a matter of debate whether one has to retire on a scheduled date after the relative term is over or one should have the option so long he/she is fit to serve. Position quite differs from undertaking to undertaking and sector to sector. Politics too plays a vital role in the matter. In the entertainment area one can’t continue beyond a time till which the audience so wants like in the film industry. Amitabh Bachhan continues in full form even after he entered the 8th decade of his life as against several others much younger to him who retired long back. Aishwarya Rai Bachhan has in fact crossed her age beyond public acceptability level after she got married and became mother of a female child. She practically got retired but is staging a comeback after years in Sanjai Gupta’s film ‘Jazba’ with Irfan Khan in a lead role. So are the instances of Madhuri Dixit Nene, Kareena Kapur, Rani Mukherjee and certain others. BJP retired Atal Bihari Vajpai, L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi from active positions on the grounds of age. In public undertakings, the age is scheduled in specific terms on service record but several of them are allowed to continue with one extension after the other mostly on pick and choose basis. For some persons even the relative rules are modified to accommodate them. Be it any sector or undertaking, the honest approach demands that an uniform pattern be fixed on the basis of health and fitness of the officials concerned allowing them to continue till they satisfactorily are in a better health condition fit enough to perform their jobs and responsibilities capably like it is in the film industry where capability to perform matters and not merely the age.
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