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Over to the dark side...

entertainment Updated: Feb 27, 2009 17:39 IST
Damini Purkayastha
Damini Purkayastha
Hindustan Times
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According to excerpts from some letters we’ve received recently, our credentials are as follow:

Damini: (For asking people to celebrate Valentine's Day in protest) An amoral promoter of “alcohol/liquor/illicit sex/valentine day”

Girija (our in-house expert on all things alcoholic [ref pg 9]): Is a “shameless writer” who promotes pubs and bars and talks to “soulless” people

Itee (who writes on fashion): Is a promoter of “cheap flesh”

Namya (for her article on pub-owners being threatened by right wing fundamentalists): Is a “shameless” supporter of “tax-escaping pub owners”

Kirti (for her story on the homosexuals of Delhi): Is a gay-loving amoral woman

HT City: A newsroom full of “narrow minded people”

Umm... what? Us, Mephistopheles incarnates, narrow minded? Us, pub loving, sex promoting, alcoholics… what did that letter mean by ‘narrow minded’? Maybe the writer should strike up a debate with the writers of the earlier letters and they can have a face-off over whether we’re narrow minded or too liberal for our own good.

I like to think that we’re straddling the golden mean, with just the slightest tip over to the ‘dark side’, ie, the liberal side. And I’m sorry to inform you Mr Moral Police, but we love that dark side. In this darkness sexuality is a choice, women have freedom and drinking whiskey has nothing to do with our morality.

We believe in what we stand up for, be it the rage against 26/11, the outrage against Soumya Viswanathan’s murder, Mangalore, or the gay-parade of Delhi. And if you think any of this is amoral, please write in to us, we’d love to change your mind.

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