Gautam Benegal

OPEN TO OPINION

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

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

BJP turning India into a 'Hindu Pakistan'. Shashi Tharoor is not that far off the mark

It is undeniable that India’s secular and pluralist ethos has been under a sustained attack for the past four years.

VARIETY

 |   10-minute read

Why decision to scrap entrance test at Jadavpur University is an assault on liberal education

What the West Bengal state government is doing by interfering in JU's admission procedure is what any fascist government believes in doing.

VARIETY

 |   7-minute read

How prices of popcorn and cold drinks in cinema halls are spoiling the movie experience

The average price for a medium popcorn and coke currently is Rs 490 and there is hardly any sign of it coming down.

POLITICS

 |   8-minute read

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Kathua and Unnao rapes to Gauri Lankesh murder: Why is the public ready to defend horrific crimes?

For a large section of the society, it is not the crime, but the accused’s affiliations that seem to matter.

VARIETY

 |   12-minute read

Ram Nath Kovind and Pranab Mukherjee: A tale of two presidents who displayed complete lack of spine

While the president took refuge in legality to discontinue the iftar party, the former first citizen failed to show the mirror to RSS.

ART & CULTURE

 |   8-minute read

VARIETY

 |   7-minute read

Why I cringed when I heard PM Modi invoke Tagore at Visva Bharati

It is embarrassing to see a person in an environment absolutely alien to him, make bizarre connects to find common ground with the people he is addressing.

VOICES

 |   12-minute read

Why I'm seriously worried about this country (and so should you be)

Voting has become a mechanical exercise that gives the illusion of agency and free choice.

VARIETY

 |   6-minute read

What Karnataka elections have revealed about Modi

Between what is the right way to govern and what is effective to stay in power, the prime minister has chosen the latter.