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Garga Chatterjee

  • Eloquence of small gestures in an attention-seeking age

    Small gestures often tell us much. In small gestures, large and complex emotions can be stored. They can unleash great things. The tragedy is, the present times have made many of us less aware of this world of the small – which turns out to be a very big world. Arguably, much of our lives and...

    Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 5:00am
  • First they came for the beef and we did not speak out!

    Cuss words are effective when the intended target gets it. Unless the abuser and the target share a common conception, verbal abuses fall flat — just like the four-letter words that brown cosmo-yuppies shoot at lesser brown folk. When certain kinds of Hindus (especially those whose religion...

    Wednesday, 1 April 2015 - 5:00am
  • The tale of three statues: Gandhi, Churchill and Godse

    The Indian Union government has never pressed for monetary reparations for colonial plunders and massacres of browns from the British government, says Garga Chatterjee

    Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • The unholy killings of Avijit Roy and Govind Pansare

    Bangladesh was born partly out of a struggle to protect the dignity of mother-tongue Bengali against assaults from Urdu, Pakistan’s state-sponsored ‘national unity’ language. Any multi-lingual nation-state that favours some languages over others is fundamentally insecure about...

    Wednesday, 4 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • Security, race and people — from USA to India

    Ever since Sureshbhai Patel was assaulted by the police in USA's Alabama state, there's been some outrage in Indian Union's government and media circles and correctly so. This 57-year-old man from the village Pij in Gujarat's Kheda district was visting his prematurely born grandson...

    Friday, 20 February 2015 - 5:00am
  • Kiran Bedi and the farce of ''cooperative federalism''

    Kiran Bedi is repeating at every opportunity the ‘advantages’ of the Delhi government and the central government being from the same party

    Thursday, 5 February 2015 - 7:50am
  • 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