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Debaditya Bhattacharya

Teaches in a CU college

Debaditya Bhattacharya works on continental philosophy and teaches literature in a Calcutta University college. He occasionally writes on issues of contemporary political interest.
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Unpacking The Politics Of ‘Udta Punjab'

It is important that we recognize that Abhishek Chaubey's film is not about the "public" significance of how drug-trafficking is swallowing up a state's population. Yes, the film uses that vocabulary, and so does the national media reportage on its content and intent. However, I would like to insist that Chaubey's is clearly a "political" work.
05/07/2016 8:38 AM IST
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Changing Facebook Profile Pictures To Mourn Paris Attacks Is An Empty Gesture

To view the Paris massacre as meriting an act of charity (by giving away what was earlier one's own --a profile picture!) on social media is regressive "political messaging" -- not an act of solidarity. It views the dead as simply eliciting a moral-emotional response, while brushing away the weight of political conscience into the backyards of history. It can be an outlet for outrage, but it is separated from every claim to solidarity by the very space of reason.
26/11/2015 8:34 AM IST