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Swapan Dasgupta

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How the Bengali bhadralok went from pride to shame

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Swapan Dasgupta In early 1972, a small group of school friends took a decision that changed the course of our lives: we opted to leave Kolkata and finish our education in Delhi. To family elders, it was a strange and unwise decision. Kolkata, we were told, was... More »

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How petulant CMs indulge in vengeful federalism

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Swapan Dasgupta A defining feature of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s politics is her disregard for long-term consequences. The turning point in her long and valiant battle against an entrenched Left Front was her unrelenting battle against land a... More »

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How politics is making a bhakt out of Rahul

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Swapan Dasgupta The discovery and public revelation of Rahul Gandhi’s elevated gotra in the midst of an election campaign may well be another inconsequential piece of trivia that excites few and amuses many. The remoulding of the customary practice of gotra in... More »