articles by Monobina Gupta


Prince Harry speaks out on depression: Will it help break the silence around mental health?

When a high profile royal celebrity like Prince Harry speaks out about the mental torment that he underwent after the sudden death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, that frank admission can become a potential catalyst to triggering much-needed conversations around mental illness


In communally sensitive Bengal, BJP-RSS sees a chance to make a mark with polarising posturing

In Bengal, RSS had been biding its time, waiting for this moment to arrive. The party has increased its vote share from the last Assembly election, and RSS leaders maintain that they have been working on a "long term Bengal project"


Kashmir: Development won't be a panacea to Valley’s anger driven by political betrayal

Inaugurating South Asia’s longest road tunnel that will connect the 9.2 kilometre stretch from Chenani to Nashri in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, Modi asked the youth to choose between stone pelting and joining the mainstream development process.


Pehlu Khan killed by gau rakshaks in Alwar: Silence from govt amounts to more than just dereliction of duty

Earlier this week, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was beaten to death in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, by a mob of gau rakshaks. Khan’s crime: He was transporting cows


India going vegetarian: Ban on cow slaughter motivated by BJP commitment to upper caste Hindu ideology

Amending the state’s Animal Preservation Bill, the Gujarat Assembly decreed a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a minimum of ten years for cow slaughter.


After Brexit: Growth of global secessionist voices calls for more dialogue and less 'anti-national' slander

Interestingly unlike the Indian government, most of its global counterparts – opposed as many of them are to secessionist forces – do not view the demand for independence as a marker of anti-national sentiment.


Ravindra Gaikwad row: Shiv Sena's response explains why politicians routinely get away with bad behaviour

The response of Shiv Sena, the party Gaikwad represents in Parliament, explains why legislators routinely get away with such bad behaviour.


Yogi Adityanath is new UP CM: BJP leadership's choice will deepen the existing polarisation

In more ways than one, the choice of the Gorakhpur peeth's controversial head priest is a deliberate and strategic ideological decision.


JNU student suicide: Polarised school system alienates Dalits from English speaking middle class

In the midst of the debate over Vemula's suicide, Sukhadeo Thorat, former UGC chairperson, made some observations about the continued distress of Dalit students in colleges and universities.


Talks on Teesta Setalvad's memoir cancelled: Free speech is under threat, we need to take a stand

Earlier this week, Oxford Bookstore, located at Connaught Place in the heart of Delhi, cancelled a scheduled discussion on the activist Teesta Setalvad’s recently released memoirs.


Maneka Gandhi, instead of protecting 'hormonally challenged', focus on real women's issues

Instead of peddling a nonsensical argument about protecting "hormonally challenged" teenage girls, Maneka Gandhi should focus on real women issues.


Racist killings in US, RSS death threats form trend of hate presently characterising American, Indian politics

In the span of under a month, three Indians have been attacked — two of them fatally — in different parts of the US


Gurmehar Kaur and Ramjas College row: Chaos at India's campuses are engineered by ABVP, indulged by govt

But these are not normal times. And that perhaps explains why Union minister Kiren Rijiju has obliquely chosen to defend those threatening Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of an Army Captain who died fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir, after Kaur launched a social media campaign against the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) following last week’s violence in Delhi University’s Ramjas College.


Health ministry's new sex education manual enters as-yet untouched territory of sexuality and gender

At the end of the day, if the government is serious about acting on its own manual, it must immediately initiate legislative action in Parliament to decriminalise homosexuality.


AIADMK crisis: Culture of authoritarianism when unchecked can destabilise even formidable political forces

The messy leadership transition on display within the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Khazagham (AIADMK) highlights the deeply flawed structure and functioning of the Indian political party system.


Budget Session of Parliament highlighted the shallowness of our MPs' political rhetoric

We have reached a situation when there’s little to distinguish in the tenor and content of speeches delivered in the heat of poll campaigns from speeches made in the sanitised houses of Parliament


Punjab Election 2017: How a potential victory for AAP will change national politics

An electoral victory in Punjab could provide the AAP with an expedient political armour and facilitate its entry onto a larger stage nationally.


Nagaland unrest: Violent protests against women’s quota highlight dominance of patriarchy in the state

Recent spurts of violence to subvert the implementation of a quota for women in Nagaland’s urban civic bodies reflects the state’s gender insensitivity.


Donald Trump's presidency: Dissent and defiance gather steam, signal turbulent times ahead

Many commentators in recent days have, for instance, drawn an analogy between Trump’s sacking of US attorney-general Sally Yates for refusing to execute the travel ban, and an event known as the "Saturday night massacre" which occurred during Richard Nixon’s presidency in 1973.


Sanjay Leela Bhansali-Padmavati row: Political failure to intervene boosts cultural censorship

This pattern of silence or muted criticism — as seen most recently in the case of Sanjay Leela Bhansali being assaulted by the Karni Sena over objections to Padmavati — is what has made the Indian political class complicit with the mobs, in enforcing and promoting the rising cultural censorship across the country.