Antara Dev Sen

Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

Antara Dev Sen

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.”

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.

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.

Much as I am tempted to see the fuss over Ved Pratap Vaidik’s posturing as a warning against busybodies and meddlers, wholesale condemnation of what is known as Track Two diplomacy might be unfair.

There is considerable speculation about when the Planning Commission will be reconstituted and who will occupy the largest room in Yojana Bhavan.