Politics In the Last Phase of Bengal Elections, It Feels Like Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar is In the Fray
Even though West Bengal sends 42 MPs to Parliament — six less than Maharashtra and 38 less than Uttar Pradesh — all eyeballs seem to be on the current battle between Didi and Modi. Didi’s final walk in the heart of Kolkata on Thursday had the air of a Bengal tigress prowling her territory.Add to list
Politics Modi Kolkata Rally: Have Mamata’s Tactics to Stop the BJP Charge in Bengal Failed?
On my way to Narendra Modi’s rally in Kolkata, I heard shouts of “Jai Shri Ram” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, and from their accents it was clear that these BJP supporters were locals. BJP’s brand of politics has more than a handful takers in Bengal and the PM’s popularity has certainly peaked.Add to list
Politics Mamata’s Minions vs CPI-M’s Crooks: How Goonda Politics Continues to Dominate West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee had come to power on the plank of “poriborton” (change). But at least in the department of political gangsterism, Trinamool Congress follows the way the Left carved. Ask any person from Bengal who follows politics and they’ll tell you, “CPI-M goons have shifted to Trinamool Congress.”Add to list
POV In Memory of Friends: Why a 1990 Documentary on the Fallout of the 1984 Pogrom Still Remains Relevant
Anand Patwardhan’s 1990 documentary In Memory Of Friends made me realise that the alienation and othering of Sikhs reached alarming levels during the ’80s. As Sajjan Kumar is sentenced and Kamal Nath’s role is under scrutiny, we continue to feel the fallout of the violence of 1984 even today.Add to list
Politics Will Rajasthan’s Lynchings Be Vasundhara Raje’s Undoing?
In Rajasthan, the Vasundhara Raje government has made “secularism” as irrelevant as Lal Krishna Advani is to the BJP today. Since 2017, how the state machinery has dealt with widely condemned and well-documented crimes committed against minorities is an example of how a toxic ideology can infiltrate institutions meant to safeguard public lives.Add to list
Politics Is Nitish Kumar the Loneliest Man in Indian Politics?
After quitting the Grand Alliance, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar now finds himself in a tight spot, making him the loneliest man in Indian politics today. With repeated attacks by Tejashwi Yadav and a slew of scandals, it’s time to ask: How did the powerful CM, who once nursed prime ministerial dreams, get here?Add to list
Sports Is WWE’s Women’s Wrestling Throwing Sexism Over the Top Rope?
Almost 40 per cent of WWE’s audience comprises women. Instead of the titillating and vulgar sexuality of the mid-2000s, can the world’s largest wrestling promotion give their female audience worthy role models to look up to in the ring?Add to list
Social Commentary Bangladeshi: The New Gaali that Has Made Bengali Muslims Trespassers in their Own Land
In India, the term “Bangladeshi” no longer denotes a nationality. Used with contempt, Bangladeshi has replaced “Bihari”, an erstwhile slur for all poor North Indian workers who migrated to different parts of the country. Today, a poor Bengali Muslim is no different from a Bangladeshi.Add to list