Category Archives: Bengalis

The Maoist and Dhirubhai

A piece of news in the Hindustan Times two days ago made me remember A Clockwork Orange. The bottom of the Nation page has a story about an experiment that might be conducted on jailed Maoists. A 17 year old is … Continue reading

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Babanrao Mahadik rides high

Aditya Thackeray has frequently been in the news ever since his political debut – getting Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey kicked off the BA syllabus. He made headlines when he met Mamata Banerjee in Delhi to demand separate coaches … Continue reading

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Babanrao Mahadik’s literary turn

Recently Bombay university withdrew Rohinton Mistry’s Such a Long Journey from the second year BA syllabus after Aditya Thackeray and members of the Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena took objection to certain anti-Shiv Sena passages. The BVS complained to Rajan Welukar, the … Continue reading

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Mind it

It’s well known how seriously the intellectual is taken in West Bengal. It’s only in this state where ‘intellectual’ – the artist, writer, poet, filmmaker – is almost a genus. Just like peasants, rickshawallahs, school teachers, you have intellectuals. It’s … Continue reading

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Kali ghodi

I’ve been fulfilling the often tedious task of covering the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival for the past two weeks. In the process I’ve had to listen to some pretty lousy poetry. Now mediocre poetry is, for me, a shade better … Continue reading

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