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Garga Chatterjee

  • Urban vision blind to the poor and their languages

    The Boston area of the United States of America (USA) has a good public transportation system comprising buses, local trains, boats and the metro rail. The Red Line is one of the metro routes, stopping at Harvard and MIT, the two institutions where I have spent all of my academic-professional life...

    Tuesday, 15 April 2014 - 6:05am
  • AAP is too much of a wild card for the deep state

    Not everyone in politics starts out cynically. Some do. This holds true for the kind of politics that has benefits in terms of holding power — financial, controlling other people's lives or both. In the subcontinent, dictators and wannabe dictators come in all sizes, big and small, from the local...

    Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 6:00am
  • Looking for colours beyond the ones smeared at Holi

    Many of you may still have stains on your faces and bodies from the festival of colours. Monday, March 17, was Holi. The multi-colour motif of Holi comes in handy as a living manifestation of the much-touted 'unity in diversity' trademark of this nation-state. People joyfully sprinkled colour on...

    Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - 6:25am
  • Bollywood threat to regional cinema is real

    Who is a Goonda? One of its many legal definitions is to be found in the Uttar Pradesh Control of Goondas Act of 1971. A goonda ‘is generally reputed to be a person who is desperate and dangerous to the community’. But if the film and cultural communities in Assam and West Bengal have been...

    Tuesday, 4 March 2014 - 8:00am
  • Playing the ‘poor’ card to criticise caste-based reservations

    Janardan Dwivedi, a long time inner circle fixture in the Indira Congress, has expressed his opinion on reservations. Dwivedi has opined that the economic criterion and not the caste-based criterion should be the basis of reservations. It is clear that Dwivediji’s heart bleeds for all poor and not...

    Wednesday, 19 February 2014 - 6:00am
  • Netaji and the politics of legacy and memory

    Mohandas Gandhi’s birth in Porbandar ensured that all state government employees get a holiday on October 2. When Jawaharlal arrived in a Kashmiri Brahmin family of Allahabad on November 14, the seed of brown Children’s Day was born. Decades of government propaganda helped publicize unverifiable...

    Tuesday, 4 February 2014 - 8:44am
  • The desperate search for 'Indianness'

    Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 9:17am
  • When the Centre lords over federal aspirations

    While each one of us may harbour private dreams about the year 2014 of Common Era, it is the events and processes happening around us that would actually shape the year. I am tempted to string together some apparently unrelated developments in the last 30 days, to talk about the battle between...

    Tuesday, 7 January 2014 - 8:37am
  • Remembering Mandela

    With the white man's narrative colonising minds, the poor blacks and browns seem fated to suffer.

    Thursday, 2 January 2014 - 8:24am
  • 'Sala Main To Sahab Ban Gaya'... and other thrills

    Recently, on a flight from Zurich to New Delhi, I had a brown co-passenger with strong opinions on the mispronunciation of English words by desis. The person was especially perturbed how even proper nouns and place names were being rendered unrecognizable. I listened. The top 5 per cent income...

    Monday, 23 December 2013 - 11:21am

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