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Kavita Chowdhury

Kavita Chowdhury

Kavita Chowdhury is an independent journalist and writes on development, politics, gender, culture.

Kavita Chowdhury is an independent journalist and an Adjunct Faculty at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. With two decades of experience in the industry, Kavita writes on a diverse range of issues, including politics, current affairs, gender, and developmental challenges facing the economy. Kavita is an equally passionate writer on travel, heritage, art and culture. She enjoys chronicling stories of courage and resilience of ordinary people. She has been a correspondent for some of the leading national news publications such as Business Standard, The Indian Express and Mail Today of the India Today group. She has written for Indian and foreign publications, including San Francisco Chronicle, The Hindu Business Line, The Hindu, Live History India, and the Economic and Political Weekly.

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Posts by Kavita Chowdhury
February 24, 2022

The BJP Has the Edge in the Electoral Race in Uttar Pradesh

By Kavita Chowdhury
However, its principal challenger, the Samajwadi Party, could still stage an upset.

February 10, 2022

Hijab-Wearing Muslim Students Are Being Shut out of Schools in India

By Kavita Chowdhury
Why does wearing a hijab to school merit a ban when heads of government in India are overtly Hindu in their dress and practice?
January 28, 2022

India’s Descent Into a Spiral of Genocidal Hate

By Kavita Chowdhury
‘Trads,’ or traditionalists, are highly radicalized members of the Hindutva hate machine who are openly calling for the genocide of Muslims.

January 13, 2022

Will the Ruling BJP Be Ousted in Uttar Pradesh?

By Kavita Chowdhury
Its principal rival, the Samajwadi Party, has stitched together alliances with parties representing the Backward Castes, Dalits, and Muslims.

December 23, 2021

BJP Plays the Temple Card Again to Overcome Anti-Incumbency in Uttar Pradesh

By Kavita Chowdhury
Will voters be swayed by the party’s communal appeals or vote out the Adityanath government for its inept handling of the pandemic and the migrant crisis?

December 03, 2021

Mamata Banerjee Shakes up the Status Quo

By Kavita Chowdhury
The West Bengal Chief Minister aims to lead the opposition in the fight against India’s ruling BJP.
November 24, 2021

Child Sexual Abuse is Still a ‘Less Serious’ Offense in India

By Kavita Chowdhury
There is a need for sensitization of judges to child rights and child abuse. Courts need to ensure that victims are not re-traumatized.

November 11, 2021

It Is No Longer ‘Incredible India’ But ‘Intolerant India’

By Kavita Chowdhury
Hindutva activists are seeking to enforce rigid codes of normative Hindu culture and Islamophobia by forcing the withdrawal of progressive advertisements.

November 01, 2021

Is Shah Rukh Khan a Victim of a BJP Vendetta?

By Kavita Chowdhury
The arrest of his son Aryan seems aimed at bringing to heel the Bollywood superstar, a Muslim, for not aligning with the BJP government.

October 12, 2021

Furious Farmers Are Taking on the Might of the Indian State

By Kavita Chowdhury
The brutal killing of a group of farmers by a BJP minister’s son has galvanized protesting farmers and opposition leaders alike.

September 29, 2021

Modi Government’s Growing Use of the Iron Fist

By Kavita Chowdhury
The BJP is trying to intimidate critics by accusing them of tax evasion or charging them with sedition.
September 06, 2021

Is India’s Congress Party in Self-Destruct Mode?

By Kavita Chowdhury
India’s Grand Old Party is in need of bold and cohesive leadership.

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