Sanjukta Basu
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English   |   Bangla

Freelance writer, photographer and women studies scholar, and a part of the Karwan E Mohabbat group. She writes on social marginalisation, minority rights and women issues.

VOICES

 |   11-minute read

My mother saw doctors as angels. She died of cancer because doctors treating her didn't care about her

If the medical profession is truly noble, then doctors cannot possibly be on strike and claim moral superiority.

POLITICS

 |   9-minute read

Alvida, Secularism? Can Congress shake off the 'Muslim appeasement' tag, and emerge stronger?

While BJP's ideological worldview certainly does not encompass religious minorities, Congress need not be the overprotective parent for Indian Muslims either anymore.

VOICES

 |   10-minute read

Lok Sabha 2019: A liberal Congress supporter, I concede defeat in this battle of ideas

The soul of India has changed, and secular values must die. Rahul Gandhi wanted to protect India from the potential damage Narendra Modi could do to its core. But India chose Modi instead.

POLITICS

 |   5-minute read

PR Politics? Why I found PM Modi and movie star Akshay Kumar's interaction so problematic

What we needed after the interview was a strict critique and tough counter-questions. What we got instead were headlines speaking of PM Modi’s love for mangoes.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

No, Minister, No: What Maneka Gandhi and Amit Shah too must be reminded about the Indian Constitution

Opposition leaders should call out both leaders' statements and reassure anxious voters that it's not so easy to just take away people’s rights.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

Priyanka Chaturvedi Quits Congress: And joins the Shiv Sena. Why I think this is just politics, and far from feminism

Priyanka Chaturvedi's timing just doesn’t add up with the narrative. If you are deeply upset with your party's treatment of you, you can always leave. But joining a rival party so swiftly shows more afoot.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

No, Home Minister: Why Rajnath Singh's promise of BJP strengthening sedition law instantly reminds me of Jallianwala Bagh

Rajnath Singh says the BJP would strengthen sedition law against 'anti-nationals'. The Congress has promised to end the same law. These are two completely different ideas of India and our freedom.

POLITICS

 |   10-minute read

My message to first time voters: Choose love, not hate

Narendra Modi has painted the choices of this election in the starkest possible terms. But in fact, you need to know the history of India and its political diversity to make the best possible choice.

POLITICS

 |   7-minute read

Why I think PM Modi's Mission Shakti announcement was in fact just empty space!

The fact is, Congress President Rahul Gandhi's NYAY announcement has the BJP gasping and the 'Shakti' dramatics were just that - dramatics.

POLITICS

 |   6-minute read

Why I see Congress, not BJP, coming to power in 2019

Rahul Gandhi is on the steady path of a comeback. Talks of a ‘Modi wave’ are totally misguided. Here's why.