Sterilisation nation

Last month, India’s Union Minister of State for Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and senior BJP leader Giriraj Singh chose to pontificate on the need for reproductive sterilisation in the I ...

Children of a lesser India

April 14 of the Gregorian calendar was the first day, the first of the month of Boishakh, of the year 1423 in the Bangla calendar (Bangabda). The night before, around 11pm, when I was returning home, ...

Of paranoia and that open secret code of a people

For a significant period of my youth, I used to live in the United States. While I was there, I, a Bengali from West Bengal, was exposed for the first time to real people from East Bengal, as opposed ...

What do the Kashmiris want?

Put students, television, cricket, Kashmir, and India into a mix and what you typically get is violence or intimidation against Kashmiri students in universities across the Hindi belt. That is usual. ...

‘Tis the season to watch the US election opera

It’s the season of a series of crucial assembly elections in the Indian Union whose consequences will be far-reaching. Simultaneously, the US political drama is unfolding in the form of presiden ...

What about the women?

Injustice and exclusion flow along various axes: Gender, language, caste, religion, and so on. In the politics of the Indian Union, dismal representation of women, especially women from socio-economic ...

The Narada-Saradha sting effect

Even before the still-unverified-but-widely-believed-to-be-authentic footage by Narada showing top Trinamool leaders, including some very senior minsiters and MPs, accepting bundles of hard cash and t ...

The arithmetics of West Bengal polls

Even a few months ago, if one were to do election forecasting in West Bengal, few would have predicted any contest. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee was widely seen as the undisp ...

The left isn’t dead

The now-legendary fall of the CPI(M)-led Left Front government in West Bengal was read by many as the final nail in the demise of left-wing ideologies in West Bengal. For many, it was the moment when ...

Delhi pollutes, everyone else pays

OIt is with this context in mind that we might want to analyse the Government of India’s hypocritical position in international fora. As a whole, the per capita C02 emission of the Indian Union ...

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