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Seema Sengupta

Seema Sengupta is a Kolkata-based journalist and columnist.

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In India, a people’s revolution had been waiting to happen 

When 604 lawmakers out of 790 votes in favor of a bill that seeks to discriminate citizenship on religious and ethnic lines, how does one define that democracy? 

January 10, 2020

Contrary to popular belief, madrasas could be a potent ally in India’s progress 

In early July, the Indian government’s declaration that madrasas, Islamic seminaries, in the country’s eastern province of Bengal serve as a springboard for extremism, reinforced the Hindu right-wing allegations that demonize these age-old seats of Islamic learning. 

August 04, 2019

On Himalayan peaks, the human footprint has endangered a fragile ecology

Rising out of the pristine Himalayas like a towering monument, Mount Everest, the dream destination of many a seasoned climber, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this summer.

July 14, 2019

In the Himalayas, mountaineering a fatal ascent to commercialism

The mighty Himalayas that have for well over a century attracted the adventure-seekers of the world to its majestic mountain peaks, are now turning into a mountaineer’s worst nightmare.

June 27, 2019

Whether it is Kabul or Kashmir, women’s participation is the key to peace 

The political and strategic setting in South Asia and its periphery has taken a curious turn with its two major hotspots, namely Afghanistan and Kashmir, witnessing unremitting back-channel endeavors to achieve a peaceful resolution of their complex problems. 

January 31, 2019

It is time to tackle climate-related health risks

Winter is here and so is the haze that brings with it a variety of chronic health problems. The toxic smog that has been shrouding northern India and parts of Pakistan for quite some time now seems to have invaded my home city of Calcutta, too.

December 13, 2018