Antara Dev Sen

Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

Antara Dev Sen

The humble Prime Servant

In whatever he does, Narendra Modi likes to change the script. But for his maiden Independence Day speech at the Red Fort as Prime Minister he got rid of the script altogether. He spoke extempore. He spoke for more than an hour, he spoke with passion and sensitivity. And in general he talked sense.

In Bengal, the joy of paribartan is over

Act like a man! Act like a man!” Steve Martin mutters in the film All of Me. Lily Tomlin’s spirit is lodged inside him, making his every gesture peculiarly feminine and ladylike.

Badaun: A reminder of India’s hollowness

Is this the first time?” thundered George Fernandes, then defence minister, in Parliament. “Is this the first time that such things have happened?” This was the parliamentary debate on Gujarat in April 2002 and he was referring to the sadistic rapes and murders of women during the frenzy of sectarian violence.

Election silence

Many of us were sort of young (perhaps in spirit?) when these elections began. Sort of young and sort of shockable. Now, having been through eight of the nine phases of these seemingly endless elections, we are older and wiser.

In Modi’s fantasy land

Fantasy is a natural human activity. It certainly does not destroy or even insult Reason,” said J.R.R. Tolkien, the master of fantasy and author of The Hobbit. “On the contrary. The keener and the clearer is the reason, the better fantasy will it make.”

Democracy of disgust

The personal is political. And the political is personal too. Only the incurably innocent or doggedly somnambulant would refuse to recognise this.

With the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan being iced due to the meeting between Kashmiri separatists and the Pakistani high commissioner, it may be worth recalling an episode from contemporaneous history.

As the old saying goes, “Can you say ‘boo’ to a goose?” Well, in India, we don’t waste our precious time booing geese. We reserve our boos for chief ministers. Each time the Prime Minister steps out to attend important functions in states that are still hanging on to their own non-BJP leaders (with time bombs ticking away), the crowds make sure nobody but Narendra Modi is heard.