Priyadarshi Dutta

The tragedy of Vikram Samvat

Friday, 30 Mar 2018 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Demand to declare Samvat as India’s national calendar is actuated by ideology and isn’t pragmatic. Cultural hype cannot be a substitute for computational aspects Recently, the commencement of the Vikram Samvat, 2075 led to a torrent of good wishes in the social media space. Its northern variant began on March 18,...

Recalling the Greek who espoused India

Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Demetrios Galanos, the 19th century Greek Indologist, embraced and enriched both Indian and Greek culture through his knowledge quest and deep insights. No wonder both India and Greece are recalling him more than Alexander today Two hundred years ago, there lived a Greek ‘Pundit’ by the name Demetrios Galanos (1760-1833) in...

It’s Dayanand versus Darwin

Monday, 29 Jan 2018 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Satyapal Singh and his ilk's aversion to evolution seem intricately linked to the views of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, founder of the Arya Samaj and contemporary of Charles Darwin The Union Human Resource Development Minister (HRD) has done well to contain the damage in the Darwin debate by affirming that the government...

Jerusalem’s demographic reality

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Trump's move to shift the US embassy to Jerusalem has created flutters in diplomatic circles. But why and how Israel took over East Jerusalem seems to be a forgotten chapter Jerusalem is in news again. The Trump Administration has decided to shift the US embassy in Israel there from its current...

Why Sanskrit remains confined

Monday, 07 Aug 2017 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Sanskrit declined after it ceased to be a medium of knowledge production in medieval era. Learning is the first step to resuscitate the language. But one doubts if it was made for a competitive environment National Sanskrit day is observed annually on Shravan Purnima, which coincides with Raksha Bandhan. Observances are...

Religious hegemony in Bengal?

Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

It is a myth that the State has been free of communal violence . If we track the path of history, there are numerous dividing forces at play, constantly changing faces June 23 marked the 260th anniversary of the Battle of Plassey which led to the cessation of centuries-old Muslim rule...

The broom no longer cleans

Friday, 05 May 2017 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Big Story

The debacle of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the recent municipal elections in Delhi, which it badly needed to win, confirms a pattern in its downslide. Coming in the aftermath of its candidate Harjeet Singh losing his deposit in the Rajouri Garden by-poll, its failure to win Punjab and discomfiture...

This Ram Navami was different

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Though many writers, poets and monks had already regularised the name of Lord Ram in West Bengal long before, the new saffron surge was still a big shock saddled with heavy disapproval from the community of ‘intellectuals’ The unprecedented saffron surge in West Bengal on the occasion of Ram Navami has...

Rise of partisan politics in BMC

Monday, 06 Mar 2017 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

There was a time when those who headed the BMC, had also been Congress presidents. Those were the days when elections were not conducted on party lines. Today, the corporation has been more in the news for party politics than for municipal issues at stake It is a pity that the...

Reality check on cashless India

Friday, 16 Dec 2016 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Given the many problems like poor Internet connectivity, unemployment etc, the nation is ill-prepared to move towards cashless economy. Moreover, the Government had done little to propagate such transactions prior to demonetisation Imagine a situation where the Government suddenly declares that at the stroke of midnight, the supply of petrol, diesel...


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