Romit Bagchi

Bengali Radicalism: Is it suicidal?

View Point It is said that the Bengalis have never been a practical race. They have not thrived much in the domains of commerce and politics. Rather, they have flourished most in the realms that give precedence to radical idealism over the severity of practical worldliness. The poets are dearer to the race than the politicians and industry tycoons....

The Communists and the religion

VIEWPOINT       Romit Bagchi This article I wrote many years ago a few days after the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court delivered its landmark judgment on the long-festering Ayodhya title suit. As I did not have it published then I think it can be presented now as things have remained unchanged with the tangle having...

New Year, equality and Gita

VIEWPOINT       Romit Bagchi A new year is standing before us like a chapter in a book waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” The first part is true. However,  as to the second part where it is said that we can help write that story through setting goals for ourselves...

Ramjanmabhoomi backdrop

VIEWPOINT In view of the recent resurrection of the long-festering Ram Mandir distemper, it is interesting to look back at its tangled trajectory, how it evolved over the years into intractability with rancorous communal overtones. In 1528, it is claimed, Babur’s army demolished the Ramjanmabhoomi temple following a fierce battle with the Hindus that lasted for over 15 days....

Darkness dancing in Light, two goddesses merging in one

VIEWPOINT  Romit Bagchi While in Dehradun during the Durga Puja far away from the pomp and grandeur of the festivities in Bengal, I wonder why an experience I had on a Kali Puja night some years ago in the forests of the Dooars of north Bengal is haunting me. I all the more wonderful because Kali Puja and Durga...

VIEW POINT: NRC BACKDROP

Amid the intensifying political slugfest over Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) with the parties blowing dog whistles to their core constituencies, it is interesting to go back to the past, to see how the process of the Government-engineered migration started in Assam and how it finally turned into a flashpoint in the battle for the protection of the...

VIEW POINT: FATEFUL JUNE 12, 1975

Some days ago, the anniversary of the declaration of the Internal Emergency was observed across the country, including Uttarakhand, at the behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Prime Minister himself led the show, reminding the countrymen of the terrible time when the then Indira Gandhi regime went all-out to throttle the voice of democratic India by throwing the...

VIEW POINT:DAY OF YOGA, DAY OF INDIA, BUT…

When I am writing this the International Day of Yoga is just a couple of days away. The well-oiled State machinery has been set into motion to make things spectacular by a mammoth turnout of the Yoga enthusiasts as the Prime Minister is coming to attend a commemorative programme in Dehradun. PM is quite justified in choosing Uttarakhand of...

VIEW POINT-NEHRU AS VIEWED BY AN RSS IDEOLOGUE

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has never ceased fascinating me, a man warm yet aristocratic, dreaming yet demonically active, honest yet tolerant. He had in him ample measure of failings and foibles, passions and prejudices. The enormous complexity of his character is immensely interesting for one inclined to probe human psychology. He defined himself in his autobiography as one in whom...

VIEW POINT: TAGORE WAS SCORNED FOR HIS ‘ANTI-NATIONALISM’ VIEW

The nation celebrated Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary on May 9. His songs were sung, his poems were recited, discussions were held on his monumental contribution to the reawakening of the soul of India then mired in cultural decadence. But I wonder whether any serious discourse was held on his concept of nationalism and also over whether it still remains...