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Garga Chatterjee

  • 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
  • Reimagining borders and dreams in Scotland

    Goras who ruled the subcontinent often appear as an undifferentiated mass but they are not. Ireland, long a part of the United Kingdom (UK), yearned equally long to be free from London rule. The Irish proclaimed a Republic in 1916, fought the London government militarily from 1919 to 1921 that...

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 5:00am
  • Data on love in these times of an alleged jihad

    If one looks at marriage, the only socially sanctioned human-coupling institution with love and permanence as an avowed goal, it will be clear that religion, class, caste, ethnicity, language or a combination of these factors matter in most instances. Of course, fringe creatures born out of...

    Tuesday, 2 September 2014 - 5:05am
  • Sedition, devastation and the birth of a nation

    In 1966, the Indian Air Force bombed Mizoram, including the present capital Aizawl. The sanitised term 'collateral damage' was not in vogue then. When Mizos were being attacked with incendiary bombs that only an Air Force raised on Gandhian ideology could provide, many of those bombed must have had...

    Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 5:00am