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On the AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerged as a moral force and put its signature of legitimacy in the public mind by winning the confidence of different classes and communities. However, the recent removal of Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the political affairs committee (PAC) by majority voting...

Kashmir: A State of Exception

The eminent political philosopher, Giorgio Agamben, characterised the State of Exception as a paradigm of government. He argued that “one of the elements that make the state of exception so difficult to define is certainly its close relationship to civil war, insurrection, and resistance.”...

Theorising AAP's Victory -- I

The landslide victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly elections poses serious questions to our notion of politics. The most important implication of this victory is that there is now a big challenge to the Narendra Modi–Amit Shah brand of politics. The victory, in a sense, also...

The Question of Democracy

Bernard D’Mello’s intervention “Where Is the Magazine? Indian Semi-Fascism and the Left” (EPW, 11 October 2014) testifies that passions and dreams are still alive in our political imagination. The author has charted a broad trajectory of counter-hegemonic resistance against neo-liberal capitalism...

Assertion of Student Power

An estimated 30,000 Kolkatans, mostly students, participated in a protest march in Kolkata on 20 September against late-night police atrocities and the alleged molestation of girl students in the Jadavpur University campus. This is a unique event of student assertion, which reminds us of the...

Remembering K N Raj

EPW is to be commended for posting on its website K N Raj’s “The Politics and Economics of Intermediate Regimes” which was first published in the journal almost four decades ago (EPW, 7 July 1973). This reminds me of K N Raj’s intervention in a major debate in the early 1980s on the topic of “World...

Suniti Kumar Ghosh (1918-2014)

Suniti Kumar Ghosh was born in Shibpur in Howrah district, West Bengal. He studied English literature at Saint Paul’s College and did his MA in the same subject from the University of Calcutta. He taught in different colleges of East and West Bengal during his academic career. Ghosh participated in...

Poll Violence in West Bengal

In the recently held parliamentary elections, West Bengal witnessed many incidents of violence. On the eve of the last round of elections, some spectacular violent incidents took place in Kolkata and its neighbourhood. In most of the cases, the tough men associated with the ruling party, Trinamool...

Elections and Borders

On the eve of the parliamentary elections in West Bengal, the residents on the Indo-Bangladesh border have started getting the attention of political leaders of different colours. The border issue has taken a dramatic turn with Narendra Modi’s recent proclamation in an election meeting (27 April)...

Modi's Discourses

Narendra Modi’s address in a leadership summit held in 2007 highlights different threads of his “liberalism”. He talked about Mahatma Gandhi’s contribution to our struggle for Independence and noted that Gandhi converted this struggle into a people’s movement. Modi also preached a liberal variant...

Gujarat Model

Narendra Modi’s recent rise as the new icon of “development” is really alarming. The big media is projecting him as the future Prime Minister of India and praising his so-called Gujarat model as the ideal model of “development”. It reminds us of Ashis Nandy’s warning: “…dramatic development almost...

Suchitra Sen (1931-2014)

Suchitra Sen adorned the Bengali screen for about three decades with her glamour, beauty and charisma. She was not the most gifted Bengali actress of her time, yet she was the “darling of the masses”. In the 1950s and the 1960s, her romantic pairing with the great Bengali actor Uttam Kumar on the...

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