articles by Sudeep Chakravarti

Politics

From Amit Shah to Mamata Banerjee, uncivilised remarks and arrogance of power define Indian politicians

BJP chief Amit Shah recently defended the callousness of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh after scores of children died in a hospital in Gorakhpur, saying, this was not the first time it had happened in India

India

The intrusive Aadhaar card, paperwork run-ins with govt, and a wart on a salamander's tongue

Sudeep Chakravarti recounts his experiences with government agencies, and most recently, the intrusive Aadhaar that has caught everyone by the hair

Politics

Twipraland demand: Legitimate agitation for separate tribal state in Tripura or BJP grab to topple CPM govt?

Buried in the drama of Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal is the ongoing political drama in faraway Tripura, a state firmly in the sights of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

India

India's lynch mobs and BJP-Congress blame game: Circular arguments to protect structured political evil won't fly

And the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) super-charged general secretary Amit Shah employed it just days earlier in Goa (which appears to have emerged as his party and the Sangh Parivar's go-to destination for conclaves that quite openly discuss ways for the Hindu ultra-right to dominate discourse and democracy in India).

India

To all the right-wing radicals of India: How much blood do you need to establish Hindu Rashtra?

Let's talk about the 'Republic of India', whose birth and Constitution we celebrate every January with a show of arms, much parading of troops and shanghaied school students, and raising of the flag.

India

Nagaland's ACAUT displays immense courage against a corrupt state machinery

The group is now a force, whether the rebels, Nagaland’s government, or those not from Nagaland who dip freely into that state’s well of wealth like it or not.

India

Imposition of Bangla and its eventful journey: Amid calls for separate Gorkhaland, Mamata should learn a bit of history

Oh, the places Bangla has gone! Offensive, defensive, and plain defiant, a language a quarter of a billion of us speak, has witnessed journeys along interesting, and ironical, bylanes.

Politics

Of 'presstitutes' and media: Don't blame just BJP, art of sycophancy emerged during Congress reign

After the recent fracas on live television between NDTV anchor Nidhi Razdan and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, here’s a word or two about “presstitutes”.

India

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ICJ hearing exposes hypocrisy of human rights in India

Human rights are a matter of both democracy and hypocrisy, certainly in India. The recent Kulbhushan Jadhav case has highlighted this to the world.

Politics

Manipur's Biren Singh embarks state on development path but all eyes on how he deals with his murder-accused son

As to Biren, has this studiously humble and affable candidate, before, during and just after elections, now grown fangs and claws two months into his job as chief minister of a BJP-led government?

India

Cow slaughter ban: The Far Right's obsession is a 20-year-old template of political leverage

We tend to have short memories. A year is too long, and twenty is ancient history. As it happens, what is now more than a year-long lunacy to project the cow as both unquestionably sacred and a cure for all ills and harassing, threatening, arresting and sometimes, killing offenders of the cow in the name of religious sanctity with a transparent intent of electoral gain, is a twenty-year-old ploy brought back larger-than-life.

India

Sukma Maoist attack: Overkill is not effective deterrent and it certainly won't buy back peace

Maoists have even had the chutzpah to directly address troopers through pamphlets in Hindi that call for them to switch sides and fight for the “oppressed”.