articles by Gouri Chatterjee

Life

Remembering Samar Sen: Frontier editor's dignity, courage a beacon in today's times

Who was Samar Sen? A poet or a Kolkata intellectual? An activist or a journalist? All of the above or, simply, an inspiration — a man who lived by the principles he believed in?

India

Aleppo crisis: No tears are being shed for survivors, not in India anyway

“And what is Aleppo?” That fateful answer, to a TV anchor’s query “What would you do, if you were elected, about Aleppo,” is said to have sunk whatever chances Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson had of being taken seriously as a contender for the US Presidency.

World

Dakota access pipeline: You don’t have to be that rich to play fast and loose with tribes and their land

The movement against an oil pipeline, the Dakota Access Pipeline in America’s heartland that had brought together hundreds of different American Indian tribes, said to be the largest gathering of Native American tribes in more than a century, and multitudes of non-tribals from all parts of America, environmental crusaders, Hollywood stars, other celebrities, thousands of ex-servicemen even, hardly the activist type but pipelines in America come under the purview of the army which had given the green signal to this pipeline in the first place and had the power to stop it too.

Politics

Mamata vs Modi: Didi’s challenge to PM consolidates her position in the state

With Mamata Banerjee taking up the mantle of the chief adversary, a battle royale is in the offing.

India

Demonetisation: Narendra Modi can shore up his popularity in these five steps

But Narendra Modi would not be the world’s canniest politician if he had left such a mega headline-grabber to a mere bureaucrat. A personal message from him not only drove home the enormity of the scheme but also highlighted his daring and his commitment to his promises.

India

ATM Chaos: When Narendra Modi's crackdown on black money made me feel like a criminal

Indian banks are supposed to have already received 2 trillion rupees of cash post the government’s 8 November “surgical strike” on high-denomination banknotes to turn the economy squeaky clean.

Politics

Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes ban: Modi govt's demonetisation move will put poor into trouble

PM Narendra Modi should beware that his moves of banning Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for the greater good may end up putting poor into trouble.

World

Donald Trump's win reflects new cultural movement; Clinton's loss stumps elites

The extremism symbolised by Donald Trump cannot create a better, safer world.

Politics

Orop issue: PM Narendra Modi has a good head on his shoulders but does he have a heart as well?

But, as prime minister, Narendra Modi surely needs to reach out to his sceptics and critics and not just to the already converted

World

US election 2016: Why Donald Trump's victory is a scary proposition for India

The world will be a brutish and frightening place once Donald Trump comes to power and India, teetering on the edge as it is, will be encouraged to tip over into an abyss of hatred and illiberalism.

Life

The Man Booker Prize 2016: Here are five reasons why The Sellout should win

Paul Beatty's The Sellout, which is a top contender for the Man Booker Prize tells us what it is like to be a black man in post-racial, post-Obama America.

India

MNS vs Karan Johar: Putting country first is prosaic, jingoism does not further our interests

Is there anyone, then, putting the country above all? The army did you say? Are you sure? Aren’t they just doing their job? Doing it well no doubt, but still doing what they are supposed to be doing. Doesn’t defending our land fall within their line of duty? Why else are they there? Efficient distribution of flood or drought relief can hardly be the military’s raison d’etre.

India

Nobel Literature Prize-winner Bob Dylan: People today are still living off the table scraps of the 60s

As Dylan himself once said, “People today are still living off the table scraps of the 60s. They are still being passed around — the music and the ideas.” Amen.

India

Durga Puja in Bengal is a celebration as well as political event beyond religion

Durga Puja has very little to do with religion per se in Bengal. That is something many politicians could not understand about the festival.

India

Surgical strikes: Can this one well-executed operation cow Pakistan into submission?

Earlier, such attacks had also not seen any reduction in the innumerable "non-state" actors that have turned Pakistan into a "rogue state".

Politics

Mahatma Gandhi's legacy will be debated for many years yet: Ramachandra Guha

2 October 2016 will mark Mahatma Gandhi's 147th birth anniversary. Writer Ramachandra Guha discusses the controversies that have now cropped up around the Father of the Nation.

India

Uri attack aftermath: Are the people who vouch for war aware of its consequences?

In short, BJP’s supporters may want war, but that is less than 33 percent of the voters going by the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, and voters are not the entire populace

World

Uri terror attack: India must be wary of Pakistan's high-voltage drama on world stage

The compulsions of realpolitik coupled with high-voltage drama of which Pakistan is capable can make for a lethal combination.

India

Mob attack on Kolkata's posh gated community reveals growing social inequalities

The social inequalities in Kolkata are too obvious, too in your face to be made light of without consequences. The city is a pressure cooker and the pressure has started building up.

India

Singur issue: West Bengal farmers have clung to their land passionately, but to what end?

Bengal’s farmers must be either very foolish or quite delusional to nevertheless cling to their land with such passion and determination, refusing to be lured away by promises of handsome returns.