06 May, 2021

Ghulam Nabi Azad

While reading ‘Is Food Better Than Sex?’, the thought struck me—‘Can TV be better than sex?’

Ghulam Nabi Azad
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

“A birth control pill cannot be a TV. But a TV can be a prophylactic.” No sooner had I assumed charge as health minister than this revelation came to me in a flash. Actually, an AIDS activist friend (let’s call him M) who works for the Gates Foundation forwarded me a copy of an Observer (London) article by Kathryn Flett and Alex James. While reading ‘Is Food Better Than Sex?’, the thought struck me—‘Can TV be better than sex?’ I immediately called up my friend and sounded him out. Could we make our family planning programme more effective by encouraging people to spend more time before the small screen? “What an idea, Azadji, what an idea!” he said, sounding like the sidekick in that mobile phone promo.

Nevertheless, I do respect M’s opinion—remember he is the same gent who did seminal research at an Ivy League university to discover that life is the major cause of death. He also conducted a study on the soporific effect of various foods, including the...

More from Ajith Pillai


Latest Magazine

May 10, 2021
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section