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Garga Chatterjee

  • 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
  • Introduce diversity in languages for civil services tests

    In the subcontinent, people are inquisitive about origins. While this line of inquiry may appear ‘backward’ to modern-urban types, this is one of the more dependable ways in which humans have always tried to know what lies beneath public pretension – ‘castelessness’ of high-caste Hindus is a useful...

    Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - 6:00am
  • Gaza: the private politics of public solidarity

    My male-line ancestral family seat is in Patuligram, West Bengal. We are Bengali Shaktos (worshippers of Mother Kali and Goddess Durga). I am strongly attached to my clan’s faith. We are classified as Hindus. My maternal ancestry is from East Bengal. They were Partition-era refugees, pushed out of...

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • Centre-state relations against the backdrop of GST

    The defence of federalism has almost become an act of treason; Delhi-based mediawallahs, think tanks, academics and corporate mandarins would have you believe. Meagre powers that constitutionally exist in the state government's hands are continually encroached upon by New Delhi, by issuing...

    Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • Hindi-English controversy and the Gujarat model

    Politics has heated up around the Union government’s renewed zeal of Hindi promotion in work and communication. Anxious Englishwallahs are shedding crocodile tears, hiding behind the vernacular majority, whom they otherwise detest. This is about the relationship between people, power and language...

    Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 6:00am
  • Kolkata Knight Riders' lucrative Kolkata connection

    The richest 'team' won the IPL T20 cricket tournament. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is also the IPL franchise that has generated maximum profits. This franchise represents Kolkata. In a subcontinent that abounds with self-appointed thikadars, KKR has received the thikadari of the brand called...

    Tuesday, 10 June 2014 - 9:00am
  • For the self-serving elite, mother tongue poses hindrance

    I studied in an English-medium school in Kolkata where thankfully, I was taught and rebuked mostly in my mother tongue Bangla. English was the answer-script writing language. On May 6, a five-judge constitutional bench struck down the Karnataka government's 1994 language policy that mandated that...

    Tuesday, 27 May 2014 - 6:00am
  • A Thousand Mirrors- Fleeing from Narendra Modi and other urban liberal maladies

    A Narendra Modi-led coalition is the most probable scenario after May 16. A non-Gandhi helmswoman buoyed up by non-saffron forces isn’t impossible. Some left-liberal types, half-jokingly, have declared a desire to leave the country, if Modi eventually happens.

    Monday, 12 May 2014 - 9:50am
  • A Thousand Mirrors: Fleeing from Narendra Modi and other urban liberal maladies

    A Narendra Modi-led coalition is the most probable scenario after May 16. A non-Gandhi helmswoman buoyed up by non-saffron forces isn’t impossible. Some left-liberal types, half-jokingly, have declared a desire to leave the country, if Modi eventually happens.

    Monday, 12 May 2014 - 9:50am
  • Next time, electing a sarkar from Great Nicobar

    There are many ways of being human. There's no rank order of 'civilizations', cultures, millennia. I am unsure what 'civilization' means, unless you define it by some arbitrary parameters and ascribe those parameters some kind of inherently positive value, just because you fancy them. This may be...

    Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 6:05am