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Articles By Sumanta Banerjee

The Indian Public

The Indian popular psyche is suffering from a malarial fever, the germs of which were bred in the stinking sociopolitical swamp that had been created by the country’s political leaders over the last several decades. What one finds is a despondent people, without any fire in their innards to rouse them to protest, caught between seductive promises by a fascist demagogue on the one side, and false hopes of change assured by a discredited and divided opposition on the other.

From Naxalbari to Chhattisgarh

Even as the Naxalite/Maoist movement continues to haunt the Indian state, its future is not secure, for Mao’s revolutionary strategy for China of the 1920–40 period is no longer applicable in today’s India. The movement has, however, unwittingly acted as a catalyst of progressive reform in rural India. A post-Maoist revolutionary strategy is, nevertheless, long overdue.

Narendra Modi, Bob Dylan and Demonetisation

It is the opportunity of upward mobility offered by the democratic political system, which has led Narendra Modi to occupy the Prime Minister's Office. But in exchange, what is he offering to the poor and underprivileged sections of society--to which he claims to belong--who are spending days and nights waiting in queues to withdraw the money that is their due?

West Bengal Elections

There is no end to mining into the depths of the Bengali psyche to uncover a vast underbelly of popular prejudices, political naiveté , absurd hopes, selfish interests, blind vengeance that were cunningly manipulated by Mamata Banerjee to shift the electoral verdict in her favour. Her promise of extension of freebies to all sections of society had seduced the voters to elect her, in a trade-off between their self-interest on the one hand, and democratic rights on the other. They are willing to sacrifice the latter, and remain mute spectators to the suppression of political opposition and dissent.