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Garga Chatterjee

  • Book Review: The Song of the Shirt

    Book: The Song of the Shirt

    Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 5:35am
  • A lyricist, who stirred up a revolution, died unsung

    Delhi, Islamabad and Dhaka have long duped their peoples into submission by using ‘national security’ smokescreens and other whipped-up concerns. The partition of the subcontinental British territories created pernicious myths around questions of loyalty, nationality, and identity,...

    Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 5:00am
  • Truth versus national security in land of Satyamev Jayate

    A ‘whistleblower’ is a person who reports wrongdoing including criminal activities. The exposed aren’t happy and they try to retaliate. Based on the nature of expose and power of ‘exposed’ person or entity, that may end in the whistleblower’s murder. A society with any respect for ethics and truth...

    Friday, 9 January 2015 - 5:00am
  • The convenient case of our long-distance solidarities

    We live in a subcontinent where the ideas of home and roots are being constantly challenged by a minority who look upon these things as a hindrance to their upward mobility and lifestyle choices. They are being able to mount a challenge because of their disproportionate over-representation among...

    Wednesday, 24 December 2014 - 5:00am
  • A thousand mirrors

    Role of states in the nation's external affairs

    Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 7:41am
  • The perils of schooling the nation in Centre's ideology

    Many education and educational institution issues have received ‘national media’ covergae in recent years, from broad topics like replacement of German by sub-continental languages in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools, ideological slants in NCERT textbooks to micro-issues like four-year degree in Delhi...

    Tuesday, 25 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • Viral Video- Madrasis, Hindustanis, Indians and other creatures

    Recently, a video made by a talented group has gone ‘viral’. It humorously presents the different peoples of ‘South of India’ and their distinct cultures and other attributes. ‘There’s no Madrasi, we are all padosi (neighbours)” – was the message.

    Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - 5:00am
  • Golam Azam: the mass murderer of Bangladeshis

    Golam (Ghulam) Azam, aged 91, died last week. In our subcontinent, some enjoy interesting lives after death. Death accords respectability even to the worst scum on earth. Important people declare somber condolences. Numerous concrete memorials come up overnight. The enthusiasm in monotonous...

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • Inclusive politics will help people realise their dreams

    Mumbai has been built on the hard labour of locals and the poor/ lower-middle class migrants who assimilate well into the rich cultural milieu of Maharashtra. The non-local face of Mumbai dominates the Mumbai story as beamed elsewhere by the elite ‘only Indian’ intermediaries. By stressing on the...

    Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 5:00am
  • The annual Durga idol desecration festival of Bangladesh

    In a few days, I’ll go from my city home in Kolkata to my desh or clan-abode in Patuligram village of West Bengal’s Hooghly district. Our clan has been Bengali shakto by faith for as long as we can remember. Ma Durga, the mother goddess, will come alive in Patuligram as ‘Moter Ma’ — the name by...

    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 5:00am