articles by Garga Chatterjee

Politics

Mamata Banerjee, KCR's Third Front idea for 2019 Lok Sabha elections is federalists' dream and BJP's nightmare

It is in this context that the proposed Federal Front discussions in Kolkata on 19 March between Trinamool supremo and West Bengal chief Mamata Banerjee and Telangana chief minister and TRS supremo K Chandrashekhar Rao assumes immense significance

Politics

Karnataka flag no threat to Indian Union: Yellow, white and red symbolise different aspects of citizens' identity

The ubiquity of the yellow-red flag in Kannadiga consciousness has made the yellow and red hues the identity colours of Karnataka as a state and Kannadigas as a people.

India

Excluding West Bengal's tableau from Republic Day parade is an assault on representative democracy

Excluding West Bengal's tableau from Republic Day parade is not only an assault on federal structure of Indian Union but also on representative democracy.

India

Indian Army's misleading tweet about 1971 war adds to culture of jingoistic misinformation, puts Bangladesh govt in tight spot

Such statements by the Indian Army may also have consequences. The obvious one is, of course, that Indian citizens are being fed misinformation about the past of the army they pay for by that very army.

India

'Not a single rupee': Why Narendra Modi's warning to states on barring development funds is anti-Constitution

Narendra Modi recently termed Opposition-ruled states as anti-development and said Centre would not dole out a single penny to such states.

Politics

Gorkhaland protests: Centre's decision to pull troops from Darjeeling was a betrayal of people of Bengal, it must make amends

The recent months have seen strong civic unrest, which have often turned violent. This caused the death of several Gorkhaland agitators, both unarmed and armed. Concomitantly, attacks have been carried out on Government of West Bengal offices, police stations and installations as well as the office of the Trinamool Congress.

India

Narendra Modi's 'India first' policy is mere talk, Centre overlooking West Bengal in flood relief is proof

By denying any flood relief assistance to West Bengal, the Narendra Modi government at the Centre showed that its "India-first" policy is mere talks and uses it only to serve its political interests

India

Madras HC making Vande Mataram compulsory is a misguided attempt at forced patriotism

The Madras High Court has ordered the people of Tamil Nadu, among whom Tamils are a huge majority, to compulsorily demonstrate their patriotism by singing a Bangla song Bande Mataram

India

Hindi on Bengaluru Metro signboards: It's a conflict between preserving identity and bid at homogenisation

The #NammaMetroHindiBeda movement against the imposition of Hindi in Bengaluru Metro has gathered significant political support.

Politics

Gorkhaland demand: West Bengal BJP plays dubious role, agenda not in sync with party national manifesto

The fact that the BJP’s national manifesto supports the Gorkhaland demand shows how irrelevant West Bengal is to BJP’s national leadership’s political calculation.

India

Indian media's Anglo-Hindi inclination is leading to politico-cultural alienation of the poor, rooted

The Indian Union does not even have any national language irrespective of the long-standing false propaganda of Hindi chauvinists.

Politics

Centre’s interference in Tamil Nadu politics undermines integrity of Indian Union, reflects a deeper malaise

An assault on the federal structure by incursion on Tamil Nadu's rights and affairs by the Centre in an assault on the unity of the Indian Union itself.

India

NEET shocker: Not just girl aspirants, CBSE has shown bias against vernacular medium students too

NEET is a neat way to roll back the small gains that rural vernacular students of non-Hindi states have been able to make in terms of career. It has to go. No institution or agency or their whims and conspiracies are more important than the people.

India

Sheikh Hasina's visit to India: How China is a major factor in the new Indo-Bangladesh equation

The deepening relationship between Bangladesh and China means that this projection might not be possible by India.

Politics

Yogi Adityanath's assertions apart, co-existence of different cultures is at the crux of India's formation

For many, the ascendance of Yogi Adityanath is unthinkable, while for others it is a positive development.

India

India should treat its neighbours the way it expects the Sri Lankan Navy to deal with Tamil fishermen

India must deal with its neighbours in the way it expects the Sri Lankan navy to deal with Tamil fishermen who cross into Sri Lankan waters. Unless it does so, it will be perennially perplexed at the anti-India sentiment in almost all of its neighbouring countries.

India

Are calls for an independent Kashmir or 'azadi' always illegal or seditious? The answer is no

If what the SC had said mattered, then senior ministers of the Union government wouldn’t be using the term 'seditious' to characterise everyone who call for the independence of Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland, Manipur or anything

Politics

Vidyasagar Rao’s role in Tamil Nadu turmoil shows why we need to abolish governor’s post

Vidyasagar Rao's role in Tamil Nadu's turmoil shows that the office of the governor is an example of an anti-people undemocratic relic from the British rule

Politics

West Bengal BJP's diatribe against Amartya Sen exposes its poor intellect, anti-Bengali ethos

The Bengaliness of the BJP in Bengal in incidental, whereas, it's BJP-ness is fundamental. And this seriously limits its appeal in West Bengal, where it is widely conceived to be a Hindi-belt party controlled by outsiders.

India

National Anthem row: In times of jingoistic paranoia, 'inherent nationalism' can even overcome physical disability

Home ministry must think that if it does not control the posture of the disabled during National Anthem, then the internal security of India is threatened.