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Not just sex, OK
With regard to 'Women on Top' (January 6). It seems the author has forgotten that Bharat is not Brazil and women's sexual liberation is not the only criteria of their true liberation. Agreed, in Europe and Latin American countries the fairer sex are less prone to gender discrimination and various other sorts of sexual harassments, but it cannot be compared to a conservative country like India. Moreover it is surprising too as to what sort of message the author is trying to convey by specifying awards like 'sexiest female derriere'. Is this undue commodification of a woman's anatomy? Or is this the only way of female empowerment?
Dharmesh Kumar, via email
The pedestal ploy
'All About My Mothers' by Monobina Gupta (Comment, January 5) was very thought-provoking. Deterrents like efficient policing, stringent laws and speedy disposal of cases by the judiciary may make the Indian women relatively safe, but an independent, respectful and dignified life may continue to elude them, if they are always viewed through a 'relation-prism' and not as 'individual entities'. The hypocritical attitude of society, of theoretically putting them on a pedestal, while practically demeaning them everyday has to be done away with. It's time to start looking at women for 'what they are' and not for 'who they are'.
Vijai Pant, via email
No Tony, stark world
Tony Greig was truly a special presence for cricket lovers across India. As Ayaz Memon also points out (' Tony? Whaddagamechanger!', Sports, January 5) Greig was by far the most popular international cricketer to come to India in his playing days, and then managed to do that even when he became a commentator. His enthusiasm was so different from the others in the box, who only provided analysis. His wit was also among the best. One can never forget his commentary to so many of Sachin Tendulkar's great knocks, and to that of other Indian greats, over the last two decades. RIP Tony, you will be missed.
R Vijay Kumar, via email
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