Swapan Dasgupta

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CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh on New Year's Eve

Shaheen Bagh sails under false colours: Swapan Dasgupta

Till a month ago, and despite having lived in the National Capital for decades, I had no idea where Shaheen Bagh was. Even now I have onl...Read More

Acceptable face of anti-CAA stir has to be met with all-out effort

Acceptable face of anti-CAA stir has to be met with all-out effort

First, it is clear that the main body of support for the anti-CAA protests has come from the Muslim community.

Acceptable face of anti-CAA stir has to be met with all-out effort

Acceptable face of anti-CAA stir has to be met with all-out effort

First, it is clear that the main body of support for the anti-CAA protests has come from the Muslim community. Without this support, the ...Read More

Members of the Muslim Community hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, in Kochi.

Hand of liberals in anti-CAA protests

Protests against the CAA turn allegorical in nature, fueled by media coverage

Citizenship law: In 2020, protests will be confined to Muslims

Citizenship law: In 2020, protests will be confined to Muslims

The Congress’s decision to jump into battle was only to be expected. The first round of the anti-CAA stir began in Kolkata on December 13

Strategic & political irrelevance of Muslims is the root of the storm

Strategic & political irrelevance of Muslims is the root of the storm

There is also a regional bias: North India and the Hindi belt gets more attention than the rest of the country.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Be it Brexit or CAB, you can’t get away by heaping scorn on people

The professional middle class consensus, particularly in London, was that once the full implications of the decision of the United Kingdo...Read More

CAB takes no recourse to intellectual subterfuge

CAB takes no recourse to intellectual subterfuge

Although the borders were broadly defined in 1947, following Partition, India has also been a civilisational construct. There was an idea...Read More

Shiv Sena is mindfully docile in this triumph

Shiv Sena is mindfully docile in this triumph

A few years ago, and certainly a decade or so ago, it would have been unimaginable for the swearing-in of a Shiv Sena Chief Minister at S...Read More

Hitler-Stalin echo in Maharashtra’s politics, as troika comes together

Hitler-Stalin echo in Maharashtra’s politics, as troika comes together

In many ways the proposed grand alliance involving the NCP-Congress alliance on the one hand and the Shiv Sena on the other in Maharashtr...Read More

Why 'Terminator' Gotabaya Rajapaksa's victory could play well for India by Swapan Dasgupta

Why 'Terminator' Gotabaya Rajapaksa's victory could play well for India by Swapan Dasgupta

The outcome of Sri Lanka’s presidential election is known and Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former Defence Secretary — blessed with the colourful...Read More

RCEP decision: India’s missed opportunity

RCEP decision: India’s missed opportunity

A large section of the BJP’s own ecosystem had expressed its misgivings over India’s participation in RCEP and last week the Opposition C...Read More

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray with son and Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray.

Inherent contradictions in Shiv Sena-Congress formulation

It is my hunch that the present stand-off involving the BJP and its alliance partner Shiv Sena will be resolved if not within the next fe...Read More

Gandhi being insulted in this prickly world

Gandhi being insulted in this prickly world

Last Thursday’s edition of The Times (London)—thanks to the online editions you no longer have to wait for the deliveries of the hard cop...Read More

Heinous acts in West Bengal necessitate awakening

Heinous acts in West Bengal necessitate awakening

It is always a single incident that forces a society to finally stir itself out of its natural somnolence and raise its collective voice ...Read More

Rahul Gandhi

Sedition too loud a charge for the celebrities

It is understandable that Rahul Gandhi has abruptly discovered that the age of democracy is over and that India is in the throes of autho...Read More

Objectivity as vital as truth in journalism

Objectivity as vital as truth in journalism

If you go by media reports—and I am not suggesting these are inaccurate—West Bengal seems in a state of permanent political ferment. It i...Read More

Guidelines will maintain order on campuses

Guidelines will maintain order on campuses

So great is our collective willingness to digest the indigestible that the ugly incidents in Kolkata’s Jadavpur University centred on the...Read More

We must put the past behind us, keep it there

We must put the past behind us, keep it there

The photograph was from Amritsar where the visiting religious head of the Church of England (the monarch being the titular head) had pros...Read More

Returns of moon project definite, but deferred

Returns of moon project definite, but deferred

In the early hours of last Saturday, India was confronted with the disappointing news of the inability of the Chandrayaan-2 to complete t...Read More

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