Gautam Benegal
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English   |   Bangla

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

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

 |   7-minute read

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

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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.

VARIETY

 |   5-minute read

Spin Cycle: BJP spokespersons are working overtime to defend the fallacies their leadership promotes

Playing the victim card or questioning critics' nationalism is a way of creating smoke and mirrors and obfuscating the real issues.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

In protesting against 'The Accidental Prime Minister', the Congress seems to have forgotten what Manmohan Singh taught it

By calling for bans and boycotts, the Rahul Gandhi-led party must refrain from walking into the trap laid out by the BJP.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

Why Bengal is under siege by the BJP

Will Bengal's pluralist culture triumph over the saffron brigade's onslaught?

POLITICS

 |   10-minute read