Antara Dev Sen

Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

Antara Dev Sen

No Care for Women

The National Commission for Women (NCW) is once again hopping about for the limelight. After explaining diligently to us why women should rejoice if called “sexy” by eve-teasers and how molestation is caused by women dressing provocatively, the NCW has now risen in righteous indignation against Kiran Bedi, the supercop turned activist.

No safety catches

Scared, are you? Come, let’s get you a nice gun to lift your spirits. Can’t afford it, you say? Rubbish, it’s only the legal, government-controlled ones that cost an arm and a leg (but can get you entire bodies in return, my dear). There is a gun for every budget, good old country-made guns that don’t make a hole in your pocket.

Going with generics

In educated societies, they believe in choice. In India we believe in destiny. Thankfully, in this information age, that worldview of the perennially helpless has been changing. And in critical areas like healthcare, this access to choice could make a difference between life and death.

Toon panel goes goofy

Don’t laugh. Education is serious business. It’s not entertainment, sweetie, so don’t even think of enjoying it. And thank god the expert panel set up by the government is there to save you from yourself.

Take off the cloak of identity politics

First, the disclosure. I am delighted that Pranab Mukherjee seems all set to be our next President. No, not because he is a Bengali. Trust me, if he was a nincompoop from our neighbourhood who was running for President, we would not be rooting for him.

Politics from the barrel of a gun

Brahmeshwar Singh, the slain “Mukhiya” of the killer brigade Ranvir Sena, is called “a Gandhian thinker and farmers’ leader” by a minister in Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet.

How to read cartoons

Retaining a sense of humour may be difficult in an era of heightened sensitivities and political correctness, but it is not impossible.

Mindless medics

How do I cheat thee? Let me count the ways. Elizab-eth Barrett Browning’s love poem could be the passion cry of our healthcare system. If only we replaced love with cheating.

Vows and laws that trap

Every year, around this time when Hindus celebrate Akshay Tritiya, the government gets active trying to stop child marriages.

What Grass must say

This is the time for the people who want to save me… to get to know themselves, through me.” That was little Oskar in The Tin Drum. Now, his comment fits his creator Gunter Grass just as well.

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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.