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Garga Chatterjee

  • 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
  • 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