Beauty pageants are all about show business. They neither honour nor exploit women. However, the beauty of women cannot be judged from the parameters set by these contests. True, a woman’s appearance has attracted people since the beginning of time but it is her intelligence and inner beauty that distinguishes her. To get honour, participation in beauty pageants is not necessary. Indira Gandhi, Lata Mangeshkar and P.T.Usha have received honours, but none of them took part in beauty contests.
(This letter published in Hindustan Times on December 25, 2002)