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

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

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?

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

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.

VOICES

 |   7-minute read

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.

VOICES

 |   7-minute read

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.

VARIETY

 |   7-minute read

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.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

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.

VARIETY

 |   7-minute read

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.

VARIETY

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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.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

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.

VARIETY

 |   7-minute read

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.