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Sanjukta Basu

Sanjukta Basu

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Freelance writer, photographer and women studies scholar, and a part of the Karwan E Mohabbat group. She writes on social marginalisation, minority rights and women issues.

By Sanjukta Basu

Kashmir, a Kafkaesque nightmare: BJP supporters celebrate Kashmir's welfare as Kashmir is gagged

The PM tweets congratulating Kashmir, Ajit Doval sends videos of 'normal' life in the Valley and #KashmirWelcomesChange trends, all while Kashmiris face communications blackout.

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Goodbye and good riddance! Why Congress MP Sanjay Sinh's resignation to join the BJP is for the Congress' good

Sanjay Sinh abandoning the Congress is a reason for cheer. The party must be purged of opportunistic old leaders with questionable backgrounds, to make way for fresh talent.

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Sakshi Mishra hounded: How the society controls a woman’s sexual, matrimonial and reproductive choices

The episode goes beyond just caste conflict. It speaks of the deep-rooted insecurity in men and their urge to control a woman's womb.

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Saving Citizen Zaira: The young actor has made a dangerous choice, which shows how alienated Kashmiri Muslims today feel

Talented Kashmiri youth like Zaira Wasim are feeling alienated in a hostile, polarised atmosphere. Certain forces are exploiting the situation. This is the time for liberal India to speak up.

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Tweet More, Rahul: After the outrage Rahul Gandhi’s ‘new India’ tweet sparked, he should call out Modi govt much more

Yoga Day became all about Narendra Modi once again. It took a tweet by Rahul Gandhi to call this out. But Rahul needs to raise his voice on far more serious issues, and far more often.

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My mother saw doctors as angels. She died of cancer because doctors treating her didn't care about her

If the medical profession is truly noble, then doctors cannot possibly be on strike and claim moral superiority.

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Alvida, Secularism? Can Congress shake off the 'Muslim appeasement' tag, and emerge stronger?

While BJP's ideological worldview certainly does not encompass religious minorities, Congress need not be the overprotective parent for Indian Muslims either anymore.

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Lok Sabha 2019: A liberal Congress supporter, I concede defeat in this battle of ideas

The soul of India has changed, and secular values must die. Rahul Gandhi wanted to protect India from the potential damage Narendra Modi could do to its core. But India chose Modi instead.

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PR Politics? Why I found PM Modi and movie star Akshay Kumar's interaction so problematic

What we needed after the interview was a strict critique and tough counter-questions. What we got instead were headlines speaking of PM Modi’s love for mangoes.

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No, Minister, No: What Maneka Gandhi and Amit Shah too must be reminded about the Indian Constitution

Opposition leaders should call out both leaders' statements and reassure anxious voters that it's not so easy to just take away people’s rights.

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Priyanka Chaturvedi Quits Congress: And joins the Shiv Sena. Why I think this is just politics, and far from feminism

Priyanka Chaturvedi's timing just doesn’t add up with the narrative. If you are deeply upset with your party's treatment of you, you can always leave. But joining a rival party so swiftly shows more afoot.

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No, Home Minister: Why Rajnath Singh's promise of BJP strengthening sedition law instantly reminds me of Jallianwala Bagh

Rajnath Singh says the BJP would strengthen sedition law against 'anti-nationals'. The Congress has promised to end the same law. These are two completely different ideas of India and our freedom.

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My message to first time voters: Choose love, not hate

Narendra Modi has painted the choices of this election in the starkest possible terms. But in fact, you need to know the history of India and its political diversity to make the best possible choice.

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Why I think PM Modi's Mission Shakti announcement was in fact just empty space!

The fact is, Congress President Rahul Gandhi's NYAY announcement has the BJP gasping and the 'Shakti' dramatics were just that - dramatics.

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Why I see Congress, not BJP, coming to power in 2019

Rahul Gandhi is on the steady path of a comeback. Talks of a ‘Modi wave’ are totally misguided. Here's why.

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Lok Sabha 2019: Will 'Chowkidar chor hai' vs #MainBhiChowkidar battles decide who will win the war?

The BJP seems to be defensive about Rahul Gandhi's charges, and floundering at its social media management. The Congress is doing better online, but what about its grassroots presence?

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Let's go beyond rhetoric: Modi needs counters to apt issues raised by Congress in Gandhinagar

With Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi raising some very real issues affecting the people, Modi's 'muscular nationalism' alone is not going to hold much water.

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Why I think Tom Vadakkan leaving the Congress is good riddance

Young India is looking forward to a jeans and T-shirt-wearing political leader. The Congress also needs alliances of a bold new kind. The old guard must therefore make way for the new.

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Post-Pulwama: The tough questions Rahul Gandhi must ask PM Modi now

He's maintained a respectful silence over the appalling Pulwama attack, but it's time the Congress leader asked PM Modi some uncomfortable questions.

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Does Rahul Gandhi qualify as a real leader?

Rahul Gandhi walked alone, even as his party felt dejected and hopeless. And he didn't stop until his party workers and people were inspired to join him.

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Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Can Narendra Modi truly be called a leader?

As Parliament wraps up its Budget Session and polls loom ahead, it's important to look under the rhetoric and see exactly where Modi has led people to.

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The BJP is trying the Hindutva card fervently in Bengal. It has stoked tension but not yet outright hate

Over the last two years, the RSS and BJP have made many attempts to demonise Mamata Banerjee as 'pro-Muslim' and themselves as 'emancipators' of upper-caste Bengalis. The result? So far, no good.

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Both Ananth Hegde and Siddaramaiah acted the same deplorable way. Why did one get ignored, one get major play?

They were both instances of misogyny. So why does only one get highlighted and the other lost?

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Statue of (Dis)Unity: Why Modi should have built Gandhi’s image, not Sardar Patel's

BJP is desperate to appropriate the legacy of leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Patel by pitting them against Nehru. That's how low its politics has gone.

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Why Rafale isn’t flying: For BJP, Raj Dharma should be answering charges on deal with gravity

The government's response to allegations of a Rafale scam is making it look flighty.

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Falling rupee and rising fuel prices: How Rahul Gandhi caught Modi govt off-guard with Bharat Bandh

As things stand today, BJP's ‘Congress-mukt bharat’ mission is far from being over.

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Why the case against Robert Vadra will boomerang on the BJP

Corruption is a cancer in the nation's body, hard to diagnose, harder to treat and it eats away the nation's wealth.

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Why he hugged PM Modi, to the dangers of exclusion: What Rahul Gandhi said in Germany

The Congress president spoke of how the current government’s policies were fuelling violence and hampering India’s growth.

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Narendra Modi is no Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Comparisons are made of the oratorical skills of both. But Vajpayee valued truth, dissent, inclusion. Modi is the opposite, not the inheritor, of such talents.

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BJP's Dalit love - Why the party is feverishly indulging in 'appeasement' now

Dalits are a mere vote bank for the party and the cynical politics of rejection and persuasion around them shows this.

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