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There’s a troll waiting to prick a pin into you

Sunday, 12 Nov 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Windbags masquerading as intellectuals are getting their comeuppance on social media as Bharat writes back, in English, to expose the privileges and prejudices of mainstream media The first time I encountered the word ‘troll’ was in high school. That year, we had to read JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel, The Hobbit, as...

Resistance to Anthem is a Bansky tee, why bother?

Sunday, 29 Oct 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Thanks to the Supreme Court, prompted by the petition of an obscure film society, revisiting its earlier order making the playing of the National Anthem mandatory before the screening of movies in cinemas, we have been subjected to endless monkey chatter on nationalism, patriotism and whether or not people should...

Seize the narrative on the economy, Prime Minister

Sunday, 08 Oct 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Modi's well-timed interventions have served well in the past. This time round, he spoke eloquently, forcefully and persuasively last week but he must speak often and provide the clarity in whose absence perception trumps reality Given the proximity between certain journalists, politicians, bureaucrats, industrialists and wheeler-dealers in Lutyens’s Delhi, it is...

Mamata’s minorityism rides roughshod over Hindu sentiments

Sunday, 24 Sep 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

The lion that Durga rides is made of clay and dissolves in the water in which the murti is immersed after Puja is over. Tiger Mamata Banerjee rides is proverbial: She will increasingly find it difficult to get off her mount lest it turn on her This past week has not...

Locating Bengaliness in the Whatsapp era of nothingness

Sunday, 20 Aug 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

In an era of Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp, when attention span is restricted to a few seconds and wisdom is sought in bogus posts, it's unlikely today's young Bengalis plod their way through prose or poetry Puja Barshikis, annual literary magazines, showcasing the best Bengali writers and minds, released on the...

Congress pipe dream goes up in smoke

Sunday, 30 Jul 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Somebody in the Opposition party ought to stand up and tell Rahul Gandhi: “You have opted for politics, and politics is about power”. But the discredited palace retainers will not speak up So the Bihari, Nitish Kumar, has joined hands with the Bahari, Narendra Modi, of whom he spoke so savagely...

‘Maid in India’ episode is part of larger problem

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

The number of illegal aliens grows, menacingly and threateningly, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and, if not “Attock to Cuttack”, a phrase recently used by the Prime Minister, then definitely from Mysuru to Malda This past week, India’s National Capital Region was witness to a first of its kind violent incident. A...

In 48 hours, Modi in Israel sets right 70 years of folly

Sunday, 09 Jul 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

With Modi's visit to Israel, what little remained of the Nehruvian Consensus, moth-eaten and gnawed from within, has been discarded into the dustbin of history. From this point, India and Israel will travel together Jerusalem: History, it is often said, is written in stone and remains unchanged. That is, till history...

A Monsoon Requiem for Times Long Past

Sunday, 25 Jun 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Every time it rains in the hinterland of western Uttar Pradesh, where I now live, virtually on the edge of urban civilisation, I am reminded of the monsoon in Santiniketan. Memories come flooding in My grandfather, the grandson of Babu Durga Prasad Gupta, Dewan of Tripura State, died at a young...

The forests have been plundered and killed

Sunday, 11 Jun 2017 | Kanchan Gupta | in Coffee Break

Apart from telling us that there's a bit of ‘Shutu' in each of us, Konkona Sen-Sharma’s ‘A Death in the Gunj' is a grim reminder of what we have done to our once pristine forests which have disappeared It’s not often one catches a good movie at the local multiplex where...


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