Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Meaning of the West Bengal Higher Education Act 2017

An interview with Professor Gautam Gupta, Department of Economics, Jadavpur University conducted by Vikalp team member Suchetana Chattopadhyay in Kolkata, late April 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Teesta Setalvad’s Memoir: Countering the Hegemonic Narrative about Gujarat 2002 and Beyond

Abdul Rahman

(Book review of 'Foot Soldier of the Constitution' by Teesta Setalvad, published in 2017 by Leftword Books)

All we know today, thanks to media manufactured “truths”, that Narendra Modi is a “vikas purush” and there are people primarily “sickular” types who are against him. We have faced the situation where any criticism of Modi has become a criticism of Indian nation. This was not the case a decade ago. The genocide in post-Godhra Gujarat in February-March 2002 was fresh in minds of the people and it seems the common perception saw Modi responsible for the death of almost 2000 innocents both Hindus and Muslims. Though he won elections he was anathema outside Gujarat. Then came a drastic change in this perception and by 2014 general elections he became the single most popular leader of India, at least that is what media is saying. What happened? Teesta Setalvad’s memoir “A foot Soldier of the Constitution” published by LeftWord attempts to answer this question.