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January 13, 2016
January 13, 2016

A fifteen-year-old wait

We must confront the uncomfortable truth that beyond paying lip-service to the “ideals of secularism and tolerance” (if that!), we have done precious little to show we care about the Hindu population of this country.

December 10, 2015
December 10, 2015

Breaking of spirits and bones

Forty-four years since independence, must we remain a caricature of a dysfunctional, postcolonial state where law enforcers...

November 26, 2015
November 26, 2015

Do we really remember?

We have been taught contradictory versions of history that are outright lies at worst and simplistic at best, to the extent that we now either disavow the atrocities of the Liberation War or use “Muktijuddher Chetona” as a pretext for justifying repressive measures and silencing dissent.

November 20, 2015
November 20, 2015

Is the parliament above question?

Wouldn't any criticism against the government or any form of dissent then be reason enough to have an NGO's registration cancelled? In addition, going by Sengupta's comments, are we to accept that the TIB – and by corollary, any other NGO – can never make a comment on the parliament?

October 7, 2015
October 7, 2015

LIVING WITH INJUSTICE

We were “assured” after the attack that the in/action of the law enforcers would be “looked into” and “action taken against anyone found negligent of his duties”. However, till now, no administrative or legal action has been taken against any person

September 24, 2015
September 24, 2015

Not just a hashtag generation

Kudos, young comrades, for making the impossible possible – for making the government rethink its position at a time when our policymakers often stubbornly stick to their guns, no matter how foolhardy their decisions. Kudos to you for making us believe,

September 9, 2015
September 9, 2015

Negligence most foul!

It is a hopeful sign that after three years and relentless pressure from activist groups, a Dhaka court has framed charges against 13 people, including the two owners of Tazreen, Delwar Hossain and Mahmuda Akhtar, for the death of at least 112 workers.

August 27, 2015
August 27, 2015

The definitive writer's guide to surviving this democracy

Are you a writer, journalist, blogger or Facebook user? Do you find yourself thinking long and hard about the dwindling state of affairs in the country?

July 22, 2015
July 22, 2015

LAND IS PRICELESS ADIVASI LIVES ARE NOT

Purti Munda, the forefather of Mahasweta Devi's adivasi hero, Chotti Munda, had lamented how, wherever he goes, however remote the place, someone appears right away – “Whites-Bangalis-Biharis” – to snatch away his land, and along with it, his peace of mind.

July 6, 2015
July 6, 2015

WHO GETS TO DEFINE YOU?

Imagine a life of never fitting in, of constant ridicules and derisions, of being shunned by your own family, of being denied jobs and a chance at a “comfortable” life, of being harassed and assaulted, often sexually, because of who you are.