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?
“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.
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.
With Mamata Banerjee taking up the mantle of the chief adversary, a battle royale is in the offing.
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.
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.
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.
The extremism symbolised by Donald Trump cannot create a better, safer world.
But, as prime minister, Narendra Modi surely needs to reach out to his sceptics and critics and not just to the already converted
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.
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.
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.
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.
Durga Puja has very little to do with religion per se in Bengal. That is something many politicians could not understand about the festival.
Earlier, such attacks had also not seen any reduction in the innumerable "non-state" actors that have turned Pakistan into a "rogue state".
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.
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
The compulsions of realpolitik coupled with high-voltage drama of which Pakistan is capable can make for a lethal combination.
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.
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.