Authors Posts by Ipshita Chakraborty

Ipshita Chakraborty


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    The dramatic events that unfolded last month with the Home Ministry at the helm are an ominous portent of the sinister developments underway in today’s India. The Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, declared war against a documentary which, according to senior members of the government, was made to ‘defame’ India. As if India is not already defamed, thanks to the misogynist violence that is integral to the fabric of the Indian society. What the Home Ministry hasn’t perhaps realized is that it has defamed the country once again in the eyes of the world through such mindless statements. India’s

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  Vishal Bhardwaj’s obsession with the Bard is common knowledge. After the seamless adaptations of Macbeth to the Mumbai underworld and Othello to the crass Uttar Pradesh heartland, Bhardwaj’s muse this time around is Hamlet. Shakespeare continues to fascinate the literary intelligentsia and laymen alike, for his plays are timeless and transcend geographical boundaries. Perhaps there couldn’t have been a more potent backdrop to Hamlet than what we have here – the tumultuous Kashmir of the 1990s. The movie both fascinates and disappoints, though in its entirety it is sure to leave the audience with a lingering feeling of uneasiness

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Residue.  Author: Nitasha Kaul;  Rupa Publications.  Pages: 324.  Price: Rs 343 The world of exile has spawned literature of various hues. Residue, the debut novel of academic, poet and author Nitasha Kaul is an important contribution to the literary works on exile, providing a rare insight into the prejudices, inhibitions and the litany of woes associated with it. Like the author herself, the protagonists of the novel are Kashmiris who grow up outside of Kashmir. Leon Ali is born in Kashmir but grows up in Delhi. Named after the revolutionary Trotsky by a Communist father who vanishes just before his

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Students protest the rising violence against women outside the Raisina Hill/Rajpath in New Delhi on December 22, 2012. Photograph by Nilanjana Roy   As the mercury soars outside, a seething fury seems to swell inside. The morning newspaper is replete with reports on gang rapes, trafficking and brutalities perpetrated against women. There is this 23 year old young woman from Noida, gang-raped and allegedly brutalised by her in-laws including her father-in-law and brother-in-law. There is a picture of onlookers, gazing with bewilderment, at the spot where two innocent Dalit girls are found hanging from a tree in a village in

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India Since 1947 : Looking Back at a Modern Nation by Atul Kumar Thakur (ed.) Niyogi Books 2013 English Non-Fiction   A young and inexperienced India that began its tryst with destiny as a sovereign, socialist, secular democratic republic has come a long way in the last sixty six years. The blue-eyed optimism of the early fifties gave way to pragmatic realism as the country coped with a population explosion, spiraling inflation, lukewarm growth and widening gap between the haves and have-nots. Indeed the events of the last few decades have shaped India into where it stands now– the high