Antara Dev Sen

Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

Antara Dev Sen

A mouse in the garb of a tiger

First the good news. The Gujarat high court has stayed the arrest of human rights activists Teesta Setalvad, Javed Anand and three others in connection with the Gulberg Society embezzlement case. This grants them a few more days of freedom, till April 4.

Culture of violence

So the Delhi high court has upheld the death sentence for Nirbhaya’s killer rapists. This is not unexpected — given the brutality of the crime and the storm of protest and loathing that it triggered. What is surprising though, is the clear admission in the verdict that it was influenced by public outrage.

A gendered turf

Poor Narendra Modi. The Iron Man. The man of muscle. One who claims to have a 56-inch chest. One who keeps bellowing about machismo. You are not fit to call yourself a man, he thunders, if women do not feel safe. One who has positioned himself as the top alpha male of Hindutva politics.

Intolerant India

Excuse me? You want to teach us about Hinduism? Are you not aware that we are the owners, makers and protectors of Hinduism since the beginning of time?

Our talent to abuse

India’s got talent. Every political party — from the grand old masters to the new kids on the block — can spit like toms in a catfight.

Marching past India’s realities

So the unfortunate Uddhav Thackeray has got his national ceremonies in a twist. “This January 26 will be the last time a Congress PM speaks from the Red Fort,” the Shiv Sena chief announced grandly last week.

The award goes to...

Whichever way you turn at the Jaipur Literature Festival you are likely to bump into some award-winner.

Our obsession with corpse cultivation

That corpse you planted last year in your garden/ Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?” asked T.S. Eliot. Perhaps it will. Perhaps they all will. It is a new year and we must have hope.

The year of the angry young woman

Gosh, these shameless hussies! Yelling publicly about — well, you know, their izzat being looted. Giving graphic details about who did what to them where and how. And the media dishes it out to us non-stop, with their choice of masala.

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.

Little Laila was taught that God creates everyone and also leads everyone back to Godself after death. So, she prayed: “Dear God, instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now?” Laila’s prayer may never be answered; but, Easter does assure us that life, not death, is what we’re created for.

Of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been thoughtlessly and in a hurry jumping into every available situation, without verifying basic facts, to criticise the Bharatiya Janata Party.