Uddalok Bhattacharya

Uddalok Bhattacharya was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Uddalok Bhattacharya

Democracy has nothing to fear from dynasty

The Congress’ Lok Sabha defeat has nothing to do with the dynasty but lies in its inability to create a vision of a ‘strong man’, writes Uddalok Bhattacharya

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Updated on Dec 11, 2014 10:01 PM IST

Bukhari is within his rights to not invite Narendra Modi

Being liberal in India is difficult, even more difficult perhaps is being proper. The criticism that the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid is facing for having done no palpable wrong in organising the anointing ceremony of his successor adequately bears this out. Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2014 02:05 PM IST

Going by the book might not be a good idea

For Modi, presenting a Tagore or discussing Morita would have been an easier way of drawing out the Japanese Emperor.

Updated on Sep 07, 2014 11:46 PM IST

Brazil’s loss may be Dilma Rousseff’s loss as well

Never in recent memory has the interplay of the past and the present been thrown up in so prominent a manner as in this World Cup. With Brazil’s astounding defeat at the hands of the Germans, things that happened in 1934, when Brazil lost in a somewhat similar manner, are beginning to be talked about like they took place yesterday.

Updated on Jul 09, 2014 11:00 PM IST

Exit polls: They’re often hit and miss affairs

What the exit polls have revealed recently simply makes a pickle of any sense one tries to derive out of the experiences of the past two years. And they just seem to bolster and magnify people’s perceptions formed over the past six months.

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Updated on May 15, 2014 08:50 PM IST

Rahul has failed to take advantage of disastrous campaigning of BJP

Taking off from the weak ground on which Rahul seems to be, it is a mystery as to how he failed to take advantage of the disastrous campaigning of the BJP, writes Uddalok Bhattacharya.

Updated on May 11, 2014 11:35 PM IST

Bengal: Why Birbhum's Santhal tribals resist 'rape' theory

"Ours is a peaceful village. Nothing of the sort has taken place before," said a tribal woman. "And our court – the salishi sabha – has a moral code to implement. There is nothing harsh in our justice system."

Updated on Feb 10, 2014 02:11 AM IST

Bharat Ratna: it’s all about correct timing

Though seemingly disparate, one cannot help discerning subterranean similarities between Sachin Tendulkar’s Bharat Ratna and 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging. Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.

Updated on Nov 25, 2013 12:47 AM IST

Not a pleasant exchange

Two custodial deaths in India and Pakistan prove that we react more than respond. Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.

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Updated on May 15, 2013 11:15 PM IST

They are all around us

Rapists are not born. They are made. Those caught in the sordid tangle must begin the fight, writes Uddalok Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Dec 23, 2012 10:54 PM IST

Is it a real steal then?

Each imitation is different in its own way. But where does one draw the line? Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.

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Updated on Sep 02, 2012 09:38 PM IST

Before you point a finger

Public outrage is self-righteous and ignores the other side to every story

Updated on Jul 30, 2012 11:05 PM IST

Was it my fault?

An incident last week has left me in great shock. A squirrel danced down a tree when I was taking a left turn. It scuttled towards me and a deadly accident happened. The poor little animal was crushed.

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Updated on May 16, 2012 11:23 PM IST

Remember to remember

What makes important men and events acquire more importance with time?

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Updated on Apr 26, 2012 11:59 PM IST

Central to fringe benefits

The road to reimbursement of bills is paved with shadowy ethics. Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.

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Updated on Nov 02, 2011 10:59 PM IST

Gandhi and Tagore

In the first 45 years of his life, Tagore's principal comfort was the ancient Indian civilisation. Through its contact with the West, its quietness, he felt, was ruffled. That weakened us, he asserted.

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Updated on Sep 30, 2011 12:06 AM IST

When fairness squares

I am all for women's empowerment - the level does not matter. They can do a lot to civilise men. I prefer sitting next to a woman in a bus. Please do not get me wrong. I prefer this for no reason other than that a woman knows how to sit properly, with decorum.

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Updated on Jun 26, 2011 09:41 PM IST

Feel God at night!

Rabindranath Tagore, whose 150th birthday will be celebrated tomorrow, was a keen observer of the night. He saw enormity in it, without despising the day.

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Updated on May 05, 2011 11:33 PM IST

The tyranny of No. 2

A senior IPS officer's son had a dual problem. He was not sufficiently familiar with the hierarchy of the police service and often indifferent to it.

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Updated on Jan 11, 2011 10:38 PM IST

Minority report

Prasanta Lahiri (name changed) has been living just outside Delhi, in Ghaziabad, for the past nine years or so. He is unmarried, and now well past marriageable age.

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Updated on Sep 23, 2010 11:12 PM IST

The last post

Lost address - The workforce in the postal department has been reduced but the workload is heavy. The result: postal delays, reports Uddalok Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Feb 09, 2010 12:46 AM IST

Padma not good enough?

Does the Padma award have anything by way of a rider that says a person being investigated is not eligible for it? Uddalok Bhattacharya examines...

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Updated on Feb 04, 2010 09:37 PM IST

Wallow the leader

Whatever people may say, politicians, assuming the onus of leadership is on them, are not all responsible for the ills of our society, writes Uddalok Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Dec 08, 2009 11:09 PM IST

Didi unplugged

Mamata Banerjee’s major entry into politics 25 years ago had been dramatic. She was in politics earlier too. But that doesn’t matter, writes Uddalok Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Nov 19, 2009 09:48 PM IST

Communication gap

The years that I thought were the best of my life were spent without ‘the’ problem. But it returned after I joined the job of finding fault with what other people write, writes Uddalok Bhattacharya.

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Updated on Oct 22, 2009 09:16 PM IST
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