‘People have to realise that homosexuality is not perversion’

first_imgThe Rani And The SanyasinDouble Trouble “Inspired by the adage that the biggest enemy of a woman is another woman, the BJP is fielding two to contain the growth of a single Sonia Gandhi.”- A.U.S. Lal Berhampur, Orissa Twin Towers Hats off to Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati, the BJP’s,The Rani And The SanyasinDouble Trouble”Inspired by the adage that the biggest enemy of a woman is another woman, the BJP is fielding two to contain the growth of a single Sonia Gandhi.”- A.U.S. Lal Berhampur, OrissaTwin TowersHats off to Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati, the BJP’s women of grit and gumption (“Storming the Citadels”, August 11). By shouldering the responsibility of the BJP’s rise and the fall of the Congress in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the two have proved that the socalled “weaker sex” is dominating India’s patriarchal politics. Their strategic endeavour to win has given a new meaning to the status of women in general and their capabilities in particular. The Rani, with her mass appeal, and the Sanyasin, with her natural oratorial skill, are bound to bloom.- Priyanka H. Virani, on e-mailYour cover story focused on the persona of Raje and Bharati in the runup to the elections. But more than their personalities, it is the BJP’s policy at the Centre and its poll agenda which will determine their fate.- Siddhartha Raj guha, JabalpurCould the rani emulate some of the pragmatism and pluckiness of the Sanyasin, and the latter the poise and the mellowness of the former?- Wing-commander (Retd) S.C. Kapoor, NoidaYour cover line, “The Rani and the Sanyasin”, was apt and significant. In Indian culture, as also in many others, royalty and the clergy have always colluded to jointly rule over the masses by claiming that divinity has bestowed the right upon them and that they are doing their duty by serving the people. The poor people think it is true. – Group-Captain S.N. Sharma, on e-mailI accept that there IS no harm in pushing either the cause of the BJP or of the two ladies you have chosen to put on the cover but it was unfortunately a messy job with a fictional tone of narration. Do you expect readers to believe that the “Hanuman and cake” story was the handiwork of the Congress and that Bharati has no egg on her face? Or that Digvijay Singh should be blamed if Bharati’s brother deserts her? If she cannot keep her family behind her, there is nothing wrong in Digvijay “exploiting” the situation. At least it is better than playing politics in the name of Lord Ram. No one expects journalists to upset the cosy equations that prevail in the political elite but at least ask the obvious questions.- Anil Sharma, on e-mailHomosexuality Is Not Perversion”People have to realise that homosexuality is not perversion but merely a variant of sexuality that is mostly decided genetically.”- Dr S. Kapoor, PuneNew GoalWe always rue the fact that Indian sports ails from lack of expertise, coaching facilities, spirited sportspersons and good stadia, but Rajiv Mishra’s sad tale reveals that perhaps the single biggest factor is our lackadaisical attitude (“Hit and Run”, August 11). The onus now lies on the Sports Authority of India, the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and other affiliated bodies to help Mishra stage a comeback. Let us not lose another star.- Poonam Guha, KalyanMishra’s story shows, yet again, the apathy of bureaucrats towards our players, cricketers excluded. As president of IHF, K.P.S. Gill has done more damage than good. His attitude towards hockey players is akin to that of a civil servant’s towards the common man – disregard and disdain. Isn’t it a paradox that one player commands a fee of over Rs 100 crore by way of endorsements alone and is still granted customs exemption for his super luxury car, while another is reduced to a life of desolation and despair?- A. Kumar, on e-mail”Until we learn to respect the undying spirit of our Rajiv Mishras, we will not be able to produce more Sachin Tendulkars.”- Praveen Singh Rathore, AhmedabadPenny PinchThough inflation is down, the value of money continues to be low (“Flying High”, August 11). Considering the price hike, it would be right to say that where earlier people used to carry money in pockets and bring bags of products, now they carry money in bags and get pocketfuls of products.- Mahesh Kumar, on e-mailClass ActBesides originality, Johny Walker’s comedy had a touch of class, something sorely missing in contemporary cinema (“Obituary”, August 11). May his soul rest in peace.- Navneet Dhawan, DelhiClean and ClearAt a time when honesty in politics is a rarity, Naveen Patnaik’s efforts come as a breath of fresh air (“Cleaning the Stables”, August 11). It is heartening to note that the Orissa chief minister is learning to strike a balance between his pampered past and his pragmatic present.- S. Srinivasan, on e-mailIrrespective of what Patnaik may like everyone to believe about the performance of his Government, the truth is that he has failed to deliver. A clean image is certainly an asset but it needs to be matched with solid performance. Despite his rhetoric of striking at the corrupt, the high and mighty in his Government have not been touched even though some have been charged with corruption. It is time Patnaik cleaned up his stables and not just spoke about it.- B.P. Mohanty, Balasore, OrissaFlesh and BloodAre you against liberalisation (“Unhealthy Teens”, August 4)? At least that is what your story on Indian teenagers suggested. Agreed, junk food might lead to obesity but teens in other countries too partake of them. The difference is that unlike foreigners, Indians do not encourage outdoor sports and daily fitness regimens. The stress is solely on academics. Instead of blaming the system, parents should first change their attitude.- Vinod V., MumbaiOur body is the baggage we carry on the journey of life. The heavier the baggage, the shorter and less comfortable the trip.- K. Sree Ganesh, CoimbatoreIf the health of the future citizens of India is of any concern to the Government, it should immediately ban the sale of soft drinks and fast foods in schools across the country.- Amita Collins, on e-mailIf parents regulate their child’s work schedule, involve them in religious and cultural activities and feed them sensibly, most of the health problems will not arise at all.- M. Nagesh Babu, Chittoor, Andhra PradeshMore or LessIt appears as though the definition of fashion has changed (“Romp on the Ramp”, August 4). The pictures of the Lakme India Fashion Week in your story reveal more of the models’ anatomy than the clothes they wear. If the vital statistics of the model are more important, it hardly matters what she wears in the name of fashion since that becomes secondary anyway.- Dr Rajiv Chopra, DehradunAll for OneThe implementation of a uniform civil code will be the most secular act to carry out in our country (“Law of the Land”, August 4). The debate on whether or not it should be implemented at all can be taken as the litmus to differentiate between the real seculars and the pseudo-secularists who indulge in vote-bank politics. If they are not ready to accept the uniform civil code but still want to be projected as secularists, they should also have the courage to give up the Criminal Procedure Code and accept the Almighty’s law of crime, punishment and retribution.- Aditya Deekonda, HyderabadLife’s LessonsIn spite of the commercialisation of education today, the effort of college students to fund, teach and inspire underprivileged youngsters deserves to be appreciated (“Class Apart”, July 28). The students have proved that one needs to possess two things in today’s world: an open mind that understands the harsh realities of our less fortunate brethren, and a generous heart to commit ourselves to the uplift of our society.- Arun D’Souza, ChennaiMagical PresenceI was shocked to see the picture of Meena Om in a story on the occult (“Charmed Circle”, July 28). She practises alternate healing which deals with healing through the chakras. She has neither practised nor preached any form of black magic. Her belief is in the abundance of nature based on principles of love and selfintrospection. Om has repeatedly warned against tampering with the laws of nature, black magic being one of them.- Simmi D. Sakhuja, MumbaiReading Between The Lines”Those returning home seem to have realised that East or West, India is the best.”- Preeti Rajdeep Singh Chandigarh”The motive of doing good for the country sounds false; they are driven back only by self-interest.”- Ambika Bakshi on e-mail India TodayOn The WebTalk BackDo fashion shows get more media attention than they deserve?Absolutely. In any case, each designer has his or her own interpretation of what is hot and what is not. Surely any of us can do that as well.- Atul KumaNo. Fashion is an industry and if other sectors like telecom and ITES can hog attention, why not fashion shows?- Rohini ChaturvediNot at all. The media coverage (pun unintended) gives lesser mortals who cannot attend the shows vicarious pleasure.- ApoorvaYes. The way the Lakme India Fashion Week was splashed all over, fashion is anathema to me.- Chithra Ramadoraiadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img

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