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Gautam Benegal

Gautam Benegal

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Award winning animation filmmaker, artist, author, and social commentator.

By Gautam Benegal

Kashmir's Slippery Slope: Article 370's revocation sets a dangerous precedent for us all

The idea behind Article 370 was to respect culture, history and a political agreement made with immense belief. That stands broken today and the effects won't be limited to Kashmir.

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More loyal than the king: Those protesting liberals' letter to PM Modi have had their brains turned to mush

As India’s best creative minds write a serious missive to PM Modi, urging him to curb communal crime, some others are complaining about the complainants themselves. Why is evident.

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Vedic Talk, Western Walk: How BJP-RSS actually ignore Vedic knowledge and are destroying our environment for growth

The tokenism is funny, if it weren't frightening. It's like carrying the Union Budget wrapped in a 'bahi khata', not a colonial briefcase, but arriving in a BMW to do it.

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From sacred to profane: How the holy 'Jai Shri Ram' chant is now a cry of violence to lynch the terrified

Once words of calmness and beauty, the Hindu chant is now a signal, a dog-whistle, a weapon in the hands of lynch mobs targeting the most vulnerable.

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World Cup 2019: Why I've stopped watching India play cricket

Once known as the gentleman’s game, the sport has turned bats into weapons for hyper-nationalism and for advertising opportunities. This is now war, of a different kind.

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The Battle for Bengal: Why Mamata Banerjee is Kolkata's only hope against BJP

Mocked once as 'lower class' compared to the suave Buddhadev and the urbane Jyoti babu, Mamata is now the only hope of the same bhodrolok against the surge of the Sangh Parivar.

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Hate in the Air? The BJP's victory has been followed by worrying attacks on Muslims

The Hindutva mob is now emboldened and could victimise minorities with impunity. If you call them out, you're labelled the ‘Khan Market gang’. Is this the real India we voted for?

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The Afternoon After: Will we see violent, focused Hindutva following the BJP's victory? Or just politics as usual?

India has finally shrugged off the 'socialist', 'secular' tags of the Nehruvian generation. If the spirit of 2014's mandate was ever in doubt, the 2019 choice has cleared it. But what lies ahead now?

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Far from Busted: Right-wing goons vandalized Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar’s statue. But they can't destroy his iconic Bengali thought

The very politicians whose foot soldiers are blamed for shattering Vidyasagar's statue are vowing to rebuild it with ornate ‘panchadhattu’. This is exactly the outlook Vidyasagar stood against.

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Lowest Uncommon Denominator: Why I think Narendra Modi knowingly lowered the level of political discourse

It has been helpful to Modi and the BJP to cover up failures and flaws with insults and allegations. However, when the Opposition responds in kind, the PM doesn't seem to like it.

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Will the young Turks please stand up: How many youth netas around us truly qualify for that over-used epithet?

We see the term “young Turks” used a lot whenever some relatively younger leader comes to centre-stage, but what does it even mean? And why do most actually not make the cut?

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Mission Shakti: Did the 'chowkidar' of space actually put India in danger?

If Pokhran is anything to go by, Pakistan may soon want to test their own ASAT, as they did two weeks after India's nuclear tests. Wouldn't that turn space into the next battleground?

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Fascism-by-consent? India is witnessing an unprecedented situation. Here's why the NDA should come back to power

We are living in a time when rhetoric and jingoism have subsumed rationality and real issues. Perhaps there is no cure for the malaise though other than the fever to run its full course.

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A Question of Answers: Why is Narendra Modi's govt so averse to giving real facts?

Why should citizens be attacked for asking questions of the govt on Pulwama, Balakot, even jobs? Yet, that's what's happening. We need to know why.

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IAF airstrike on Pakistan: This is a sobering time, not for gloating or chest-thumping

In attacking bakeries and Kashmiris, people are being given an outlet for rage, taking focus away from tough questions we do need to ask.

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In the wake of Pulwama, why India must watch out for the rabble-rousers

Any outrage like this is followed by grief, mass anger, more damage and senseless actions, all ostensibly to soothe our sense of insecurity, but which only add to this.

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No Podium for Palekar: When art is attacked, it’s the people who lose

The NGMA is not a government fiefdom. It belongs to we, the people. It, and the art it houses, must be governed by our diversity and freedom, and not by sarsaari or sanskaari ideals.

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Why the Centre-led CBI action against Mamata Banerjee has turned public sympathy on her side

The 'caged parrot' has sung in favour and against politicians over several years now. But, as it seems to target Mamata Banerjee, Didi has turned the tables and is using this to her advantage.

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Chocolatey to Bipolar: How Priyanka Gandhi’s entry into politics has unleashed BJP’s misogyny

The BJP is so busy calling Priyanka Gandhi sexist names that it has missed her political strengths.

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How sops and publicity have kept Narendra Modi in the race for 2019 polls

The game is not about development. It's all about jingoism, sycophancy and optics. And everyone, from advertisers to Bollywood, is playing a part.

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General Rawat doesn’t want homosexuality in the Indian Army: He should look at other nations that have allowed it

There is no data to suggest that homosexuals in an army can adversely impact its valour or morale. The experience of various countries shows Armed Forces actually benefit from leaving soldiers’ personal lives alone.

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Spin Cycle: BJP spokespersons are working overtime to defend the fallacies their leadership promotes

Playing the victim card or questioning critics' nationalism is a way of creating smoke and mirrors and obfuscating the real issues.

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In protesting against 'The Accidental Prime Minister', the Congress seems to have forgotten what Manmohan Singh taught it

By calling for bans and boycotts, the Rahul Gandhi-led party must refrain from walking into the trap laid out by the BJP.

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Why Bengal is under siege by the BJP

Will Bengal's pluralist culture triumph over the saffron brigade's onslaught?

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Leaders are quitting the BJP one by one. Is the ship finally sinking?

People generally leave when they can read the writing on the wall.

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Stop mourning John Chau! All missionary zeal is not religious in nature

Unfamiliar with the diverse cultures in the continent of Africa, European explorers viewed practices unfamiliar to them as lesser and savage.

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Why no one is talking about how biodiversity is being compromised around Sabarimala

A committee appointed by the Supreme Court has submitted a report on indiscriminate commercial activity around the temple, in the Periyar tiger reserve.

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BJP and Congress are both opportunists. We all are guilty of enabling them

Our political parties, led by the liberal class, have detached themselves from the working class, and have become weak and irrelevant.

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Are PM Modi and the BJP blurring crucial lines of governance?

The mixing of boundaries, seen in recent instances, could impact our Parliamentary democracy.

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#MeToo: How far can we separate professional genius from personal actions

Public memory is, of course, selective.

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