Shombit Sengupta The Indian Express Group

Shombit Sengupta-

A century of change

Sunday 5 January '14

Exactly a hundred years ago, in 1914, we had encountered one of last century’s most remarkable years.
Spiralling trend

Sunday 29 December '13

The perspective of what's good and convenient for rural women cannot be decided by urban women or by politicians who want to do good.
Opulence anaesthetises

Sunday 22 December '13

Outside OT, there’s permanent anaesthesia that people can get from which they don’t wake up.
Enter the broom

Sunday 15 December '13

The respect that all these people deserve and have been denied is what the broom expects to restore.
From the discomfort Zone: The legalities of prostitution

Sunday 8 December '13

HRD Ministry survey reveals that prostitution is increasing and 60 per cent of girls belong to SC, ST, BC and two-thirds of prostitute families live below the poverty line.
Customer in rat trap

Sunday 1 December '13

Is prostitution a victimless crime as it’s consensual and disturbs no one? Arguments for and against are rife.
From the Discomfort Zone: Artist’s canvas of tea seller vs dynasty prince

Sunday 24 November '13

The new game now is railway station tea seller vs political dynasty prince.
Customer as muse

Sunday 17 November '13

An artist's muse is more than a model. She feeds his sensitivity with her mystique.
'Degenerate' art

Sunday 10 November '13

Adolf Hitler’s obsession with attaining Aryan purity for Germany included cleansing culture and art.
From the discomfort Zone: Speaking Art

Sunday 3 November '13

I came from Paris to meet the art lover on the last day of the exhibition.
Entrepreneurial politicians

Sunday 27 October '13

Professionals, bureaucrats naturally care more for career ascent.
Fuelling the hunger

Sunday 20 October '13

Take the example of my 75-year-old European artist friend you met in last week’s column.
Artist-muse rapport

Sunday 13 October '13

He was 75 when we met. I initially figured that his 45-year-old wife was his daughter; they had a 12-year-old son.
In search of expression

Sunday 6 October '13

Since 3900 BC, Indian art has been expressed with voluptuous feelings through celestial apsaras to Ajanta frescos
Artless lifestyle

Sunday 29 September '13

Expressionism in the 20th century was inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s colours
Analytical deadlock

Sunday 22 September '13

After confidently clearing all tests, you join the working world. Only to realise that analytics alone gives no results.
Art can create a new gene

Sunday 15 September '13

Parents nowadays drive helter-skelter—taking their children for extra-curricular activities.
The canvas garden

Sunday 8 September '13

The specialty of French designed gardens, Jardin à la française, is their demonstration of man’s mastery over nature.
Bollywood's backside

Sunday 1 September '13

Clearly, the mechanical, ritualistic, repetitive item numbers from Bollywood films cannot look so innocent.
Handling heterogeneity

Sunday 25 August '13

How many times have you repaired you toaster, washing machine or TV set?


The Big Debate
Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
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Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
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Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
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Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
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Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
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