Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Patralekha Chatterjee

Celebrate diversity, don’t just tolerate it

Every schoolchild in this country can parrot a few lines on India’s “unity in diversity”.

Populism? Let’s raise the bar

India, once an epicentre of the polio virus, is in celebration mode. There has not been a single new case of polio in the country since January 13, 2011.

Oh doctor, you’re in trouble

Aam aadmi (and aurat) at the high table in Delhi has buoyed the hopes of citizens’ groups across the country.

Start talking to understand stalking

Who amongst us has not followed girls?” With that infamous interpretation of “stalking” while Parliament was debating the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2013, Janata Dal (United) chief and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav has elbowed his way back to the top of the list of people who outrage liberal India.

Vigilantes & the law

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth,” Sherlock Holmes famously said to Dr Watson. Most of us do not have Holmes’ sense of logical reasoning, nor his facility to adopt almost any disguise, nor his familiarity with forensic science to solve difficult mysteries. But that has hardly been a deterrent as we play detective tracking the sordid saga of Ram Singh, the prime accused in the infamous Delhi gangrape case.

The labour of love

Amid the bevy of clichés surrounding February 14, there is one annoying but enduring truth. If Valentine’s Day comes, can noisy and violent protesters be far behind?

Children of lesser parents

Once again, we are furiously debating parental abuse. A court in Norway has convicted an Indian couple for allegedly maltreating their seven-year-old son. This is the second time that Indian parents have fallen foul of Norwegian parenting laws. A furious war of words has broken out about good parenting.

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.

Madhu Kishwar, as the editor of Manushi, set the feminism agenda for many Indian women decades ago. Madhu Kishwar as chief media admirer of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi is another story completely. The first Kishwar has been declared missing, never to be found.