So, is an intellectual, a person "who cheats on his wife" (?!) as W.H
Auden thought, and Vinod Mehta (the Editor in Chief of Outlook
magazine, India) seems to agree, in his meanderings in 'Delhi Diary',
in the latest issue of Outlook Magazine (1 May 2006) featuring the dark
side of Delhi, the capital of India.
From disgraceful statistics on rape, other crimes against women,
accidents and lawless driving to corruption at all levels - the woes of
Delhi, a city reeling under the culturelessness of easy money and
anything-goes philosophy is crisply presented along with comments from
eminent people from different walks of life. Best seen as an attempt to
evoke some reaction to an unacceptable but taken-for-granted situation,
the article does in many ways succeed in keeping alive an issue that
shows distinct tendencies of being glossed over despite its graveness.
True to its position as the top magazine in its category in the
country, this issue of Outlook is as readable as ever with stories on
Narmada issue, snippets from the election states and focus on a
disturbed Nepal, India's neighbour.
From the contemporary issues to the long standing debates on the the
woeful state of India's Agricultural Sector, the article "Farmers - the
Last Straw", does some in-depth research on the neglect of Indian
Farmers and the issue of 'farmer suicide'. In a country where the rich
farmer spends his vacation in the Bahamas and the poor farmer is still
searching for his land, where drought and floods can be issues at the
same time, the article strives to find common ground on which the
states should try and implement some progressive measures.
In a country where Aamir Khan is busy getting his fingers burnt when
not occupying the big and little screens to promote the virtues of
bottled soft drinks, or reading "When Nietzsche Wept" to put himself to
sleep, Outlook excels in finding material that makes it a magazine
catering to all tastes without being trivial.