Scholar Partha Chatterjee stands by his article comparing Army Chief Rawat to General Dyer

In his article, Partha Chatterjee quoted General Dyer's testimony before the Hunter Commission and compared it to Army Chief Bipin Rawat's justification of Major Gogoi’s tactics of using human shield to tackle the insurgency.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2017 10:04 pm
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After comparing Army Chief Bipin Rawat to General Dyer in his article on the news portal The Wire, scholar Partha Chatterjee defended his commentary on Monday, saying he stands by what he wrote. “I have nothing to say. I have written what I have written. I am not changing anything at all,” Partha Chatterjee told ANI.

In an article titled “In Kashmir, India Is Witnessing Its General Dyer Moment”, Partha Chaterjee had written, “There are chilling similarities between the justifications advanced for the actions of the British Indian army in Punjab in 1919 and those being offered today in defence of the acts of the Indian army in Kashmir.”

In his article, he quoted General Dyer’s testimony before the Hunter Commission and compared it to Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s  justification of Major Gogoi’s ‘innovative’ tactics of using human shield to tackle the insurgency.

Major Gogoi has been in the spotlight after a video surfaced showing a man tied on the bonnet of an Army jeep in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam during the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election on April 9, 2017.

Partha Chatterjee is a prominent scholar in the field of postcolonial and subaltern studies. He is currently a Professor (Honorary) at Columbia University in New York.

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    Jiten Nandi
    Jun 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm
    Partha Chatterjee is a scholar. But time has come when every Indian citizen should voice against the inhuman role of Indian government in Kashmir in the name of curbing terrorism. The last bi-election polling is enough to prove that Kashmiris refused to take part in the poll and this is the most democratic verdict on their behalf which the state and union government should honour, if they at all believe in democracy. Jiten Nandi
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      Raviforjustice Raviforjustice
      Jun 9, 2017 at 11:15 am
      You would still qualify this ignoramus, anti national, blood thirsty traitor as as scholar?
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        Shamsul Islam
        Jun 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm
        No doubt today's Kashmir is not Punjab of April 1919 when innocent Indians belonging to many religions and Castes were massacred by a rogue British officer. India is a free democratic-secular country but it is a fact that people of the Valley who are mostly Muslims are generally treated as terrorists by the Indian State, police and intelligence agencies. During Congress rule it was kept a bit concealed but with the Hindutva loving government at Delhi even that facade has been discarded. Professor Partha Chatterjee must be lauded for under this bitter truth once again that protests in the Valley are treated as part of the global Islamist agenda. ULFA a terrorist organisation led by Brahmins may have killed more army/police personnel, civilians and blasted more bombs but Valley protests have to be suppressed with all kinds of horrendous methods. Professor Partha's comparison is not baseless. I am producing here the testimony of this butcher General Dyer before the Hunter Commission.
        1. A
          Jun 7, 2017 at 7:28 pm
          He is a MOTHER FU ER
          1. S
            Jun 7, 2017 at 9:56 pm
            Do not say that about your army chief.
            1. D
              Jun 8, 2017 at 9:56 am
              such manners no doubt learnt from the saffron school - RSS school of etiquette. of course you must have practised a lot at your home
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              subhasis ghosh
              Jun 7, 2017 at 3:14 pm
              Mr Chatterjee has found his Andy Warhol moment and got his 15 minutes of fame. He is now better for for this absurd article than his work in Columbia University.
              1. S
                Jun 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm
                Partha Chatterjee comes Columbia. Where Ambdekar and Pollack were bred. It shows. Nuff said.
                1. D
                  Jun 8, 2017 at 9:57 am
                  ambedkar is a double PHD - a scholar par excellence of global stature in spite of having to face brutality, dehumanisation thanks to the caste system the crown jewel of hinduism. what is a paresh rawal?
                2. s
                  Jun 7, 2017 at 10:51 am
                  partha chatarjee is good for nothing. He speaks valueless . Ignore him. By speaking such non-sense he wants to be in media.
                  1. N
                    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:50 am
                    Utterly nonsense . This so called scholar be attached to one of the Army unit in Kashmir and face hundreds of stone peltors along with them. He will then realize what ground realities are. It is very easy to write and drawing comparisons sitting in the comforts of home.
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