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

POLITICS

 |   11-minute read

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.

ELECTION

 |   8-minute read

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?

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

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?

POLITICS

 |   10-minute read

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.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

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.

POLITICS

 |   11-minute read

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?

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.