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
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
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.
For Modi, presenting a Tagore or discussing Morita would have been an easier way of drawing out the Japanese Emperor.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
Two custodial deaths in India and Pakistan prove that we react more than respond. Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.
Rapists are not born. They are made. Those caught in the sordid tangle must begin the fight, writes Uddalok Bhattacharya.
Each imitation is different in its own way. But where does one draw the line? Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.
Public outrage is self-righteous and ignores the other side to every story
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.
What makes important men and events acquire more importance with time?
The road to reimbursement of bills is paved with shadowy ethics. Uddalok Bhattacharya writes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lost address - The workforce in the postal department has been reduced but the workload is heavy. The result: postal delays, reports Uddalok Bhattacharya.
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...
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.
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.
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.