Antara Dev Sen

Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

Antara Dev Sen

The honour trap

Chhi! All lies!” she said, jerking her head away, glaring at the ground in the distance. “Nothing like that happened!” I didn’t press her right then.

A peek into Modi’s Gujarat

Once again Narendra Modi has won the Gujarat elections. Once again people have been waxing eloquent about good governance. But this time it seems to be accompanied by a certain belief that Mr Modi is here to stay. Maybe even as the next Prime Minister.

Selective justice

Oh, the joy of learning new words. Life-changing words and phrases like “closure” and “move on”. Thus empowered, we can now deal with every tragedy. We simply find closure, and move on. How wonderful!

The dice of death

We have been thinking of death quite a bit this week. Not about death as a natural, inevitable part of life. But about death as punishment. Death as “justice”.

Incredible awards

The Mumbai LitFest must be forever grateful to Girish Karnad for ramming it unceremonially into the international limelight. But for Karnad’s sudden attack on V.S. Naipaul, the world outside of Mumbai may not have noticed this particular festival of literature.

Gun salute to the poet

Just for poetry I am tempted to live on much longer To live the unhappy life of a human being, just for poetry
I have spurned immortality.

Savage samaj

As you read this, a swarm of turbaned men would have gathered in Sonepat, neighbouring Delhi, to sagely discuss the need to get girls married at 16. The Sarva Khap Jat Panchayat believes that getting girls married off at a young age would prevent rapes.

Mamata’s mimicry

Mamata Bane-rjee seems keen to add acting to her portfolio of artistic achievements. She already writes poetry and fiction. She paints passionately. She sings loudly and proudly into the mike whenever she can, with her characteristic disregard for rules, like scale or tune. And now she has made her fondness for acting public.

Maid of honour

There it goes again. Our well meaning but terminally goofy government has come up with yet another curious proposal. Apparently it is now thinking of ways to get husbands to pay wages to their stay-at-home wives.

Kodnani is no less guilty than Kasab

Our justice system presented us with two enormously important judgments on Wednesday, August 29. Both were about mass murder. Both were about massacres that had horrified the nation. Both had a sectarian angle. Both verdicts proclaimed that there was a larger conspiracy and meticulous planning behind the mass murders. Both found the accused guilty of pre-meditated mass murder.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.