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Soumyadipta Banerjee

Soumyadipta Banerjee

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By Soumyadipta Banerjee

How Pakistan tortures its LGBTQs: With its brutal mix of silence and violence, Pakistan routinely targets this vulnerable group

There's no figure for crimes against transgenders in Pakistan. Because, beyond the flashy Page Three parties of Pakistan, no one cares as the LGBTs get beaten, abducted, tortured and raped.

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Why silent on Bacha baazi, Pakistan? Instead of sponsoring terrorists, Pakistan should tackle this social evil instead

Pakistan fuels, trains and sponsors thousands of jihadis each year. But at the same time, it turns a blind eye towards the thousands of vulnerable young boys raped within.

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Why Mamata Banerjee's politics over Bengali language is a self goal

Most non-Bengalis living and working in Bengal already know the language.

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Didi vs Perfect Storm: Why West Bengal's Trinamool Congress may soon reach a point of no return

Between charges of minority appeasement, reported admissions of the same, and a total miscalculation of the minority vote itself, can Mamata Banerjee withstand the storm she herself has unleashed?

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Motormouth Alert: Why the BJP should ask some of its leaders to zip it immediately

This is Narendra Modi 2.0. Irresponsible speakers and tweeters from the BJP must understand the mandate, and the change this now demands.

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Poetry of 'I don't agree': But why is Didi still in denial?

Mamata Banerjee channelled her inner poetess as she wrote a poem and shared it on social media. If Didi gets past denial, she will see the sea change that has taken place in West Bengal.

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Chora Shrot: The strong undercurrent for the BJP in Bengal which the TMC has sensed and is so fearful of

Many BJP supporters are silent, fearing TMC violence. Their votes could speak in favour of the BJP and surprise many watching.

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The Killing Fields of West Bengal: Once famed for paddy and mustard, rural Bengal is now overrun by murder

Bengal has always been known for terrible political violence. However, recently this has taken a horrific new form. The growing challenge to the TMC posed by the BJP is clearly unnerving many.

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'Coming Soon': The 'jihadi' threat to West Bengal is very real. We need to take it very seriously

The bloodiest terror attack in Bangladesh on July 1, 2016, was an eye-opener when the five dead terrorists were profiled. Today, their ghosts have resurfaced, and issued a warning to West Bengal.

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Not Only From Sonar Bangla: Why, for the first time in its political history, West Bengal is warming up to a non-Bengali leader

The unprecedented popularity of a non-Bengali leader is a clear indication that Bengal is rooting for change. Will it find the answer to its question now in Narendra Modi?

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Bengal's Deadly Dadagiri: How criminal bullying, extortion and vote capturing has become an intrinsic part of Bengal's culture

If CPM is to be blamed for the rise of local dadas, then Trinamul should be held responsible for perpetuating the legacy. Bengal's bhadralok are afraid to even talk about the dadagiri which is destroying Tagore's state.

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Time for NRC in Bengal: Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are pouring into India from porous Bengal borders, endangering natives and their property

Illegal infiltration from Bangladesh into West Bengal has only multiplied over the years. Today, jihadi elements have also entered the routes. It's time for India to put our own security first.

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Modi's Hard-Hitting Appeal: What happened at Balakot, Pakistan will decisively impact India's polls

Yes, the IAF is to be credited for the strike. But people believe it wouldn't have been possible without Narendra Modi.

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How long can we shut our eyes to the plight of Pakistani Hindus?

Hindus are being routinely abducted, forcibly converted or socially ostracized across Pakistan. Thousands of them flee to Indian refugee camps, simply to be able to live with some safety.

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JNU Row: How can we eliminate student violence from campuses? Our political leaders do know

Student politics continues to dominate campus news instead of academic achievements because all political parties are heavily involved in student politics. And this has turned increasingly bitter and violent over the years.

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Pakistan is desperately poor. Its army is rich beyond belief. How come?

There's a lot more to Pakistan's constant aggression towards India. It's a useful veil for one of Pakistan's most stark truths, about how its army has taken over its biggest businesses.

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Beyond Balakot: How the Pakistan army can make journalists who question simply vanish

The way Pakistani journalists are reportedly threatened and silenced by their army, it's no wonder the uniformed men are harbouring terrorists in their backyards, no questions asked.

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Mumbai Bridge Collapse: How Maximum City is crumbling under the pressure of its own people

There are ways to fix the seemingly insurmountable problem. The bridge collapse at CST should be our last wake-up call now.

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Beyond Balakot: Indians are letting Pakistan win a propaganda war

With a veil firmly over Balakot, the Pakistanis are waging a propaganda war on India and our government's narrative. Why are so many Indian intellectuals supporting Pakistan's myths?

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Making War: We must save the children imprisoned in Pakistan's jihadi-run madrassas

Instead of choking their funds, Pakistan's government is helping the expansion of these madrassas, while govt schools remain much fewer. There is a method to this madness.

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After Balakot: How 'denial' is both shield and weapon for Pakistan

After being hit by IAF strikes on its terrorist facilities, Pakistan is left red-faced before its own people. It has no option but to tell further lies, spread fake news and hide its failures in bluster.

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Just one move from Pakistan can end all the tension: Hand over Maulana Masood Azhar to India

What rationale will Pakistan keep offering for harbouring a known terrorist? Is he worth risking Pakistan's everything before the world?

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Why we must put a blanket ban on all cultural exchanges with Pakistan

Let's not help Pakistan establish a narrative that helps them escape criticism at international forums. It's time to shame Pakistan, rather than share our poetry, literature of cinema with them.

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Pulwama attack: My appeal to the Pakistani middle class

We will fight back, dear Pakistanis. We will protect ourselves from the venomous snakes from across the border. But who will protect you from them?

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The penalty of being a discordant note in Rahul Gandhi's echo chamber

PM Modi is accused of being autocratic and preferring only those who agree with him. Is Rahul Gandhi really very different? The evidence suggests, no.

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BJP in Bengal: From an ‘insignificant’ party to challenger no.1

The very fact that Mamata is back to dharna politics shows how much of a threat the BJP is to the TMC now.

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Enough Drama: Why we don't need political commentary masquerading as a movie review

A film review ought to be about the technical aspects of the film, irrespective of who it is based on and what it glorifies.

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Why we should question scholar Audrey Trushke’s dislike for Tulsi Gabbard (and Narendra Modi)

Trushke, through her book on Aurangzeb, taught us that to evaluate a person, we need to put them in context, which can include family ties. A similar evaluation of Trushke's views shows interesting results.

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How the Uri attack and my article on Fawad Khan changed my life forever

Outraged by the brutal assault on our army jawans, I had said that Pakistani actors working in Bollywood should condemn such terrorism. I ended up receiving condemnation, from both sides of the border.

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Why India should shake off a caste-based reservation system entirely

For one, Dr B R Ambedkar would want it that way. Secondly, caste-based reservation has not accomplished social justice but in fact, the opposite.

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