Famous sexpert Dr Mahinder Watsa passes away at 96
India's most popular and humorous sexpert died on Monday morning, at the age of 96.
In India's tradition of sex education and sex therapy, Watsa is a significant figure. He worked as a gynaecologist and an obstetrician for the first 40 years of his career. Working as a consultant for India's Family Planning Association, he advocated for a curriculum for sexual therapy and education. A sex education, counselling and therapy centre was launched by the organisation in 1974, the first in India. In the early 1980s, Watsa left his practice for therapy and education.
In the 1960s, when he was giving medical advice in a women's magazine, his career as a columnist began. With his "Ask The Sexpert" column, which ran daily for the last 15 years in the Mumbai Mirror, his popularity as the last word on sex was sealed. The column's nuggets were collected into a book released in 2015, called "It's Normal".
Filmmaker Paromita Vohra, founder of Agents of Ishq which is a multimedia project on sex, love and desire, states, "Most of the time we talk around sex—we say sexuality, we discuss rights, we of course focus a lot on sexual violence and risk. But Dr. Watsa discussed sex as a routine part of life – a thing we do and feel and this direct experience of sex, not theory of sex, is a very crucial contribution."