West Bengal

  • End of Left Era in West Bengal Panchayats, but what next?

    The other India |  Debraj Bhattacharya
    The war, camouflaged in liberal terms as an "election", is over and it is clear who has won it. The 2013 Panchayat Election in West...

  • The human cost: Bengal politics and its cycle of violence

    Kolkata Colloquies |  Priyanka Gupta
    A small plastic cup with a drop of lebu cha is often a great leveler if you are in Bengal. The sharp contrast of political...

  • RIP Rituparno Ghosh...

    For crying out loud |  Sreemoyee Piu Kundu
    'I DON'T WANT TO BECOME A WOMAN...' RIP Rituparno Ghosh - a man who stood inbetween the sexes... defiantly. My first novel 'Faraway ...

  • West Bengal: 'Presidency spirit' bounces back

    The other India |  Debraj Bhattacharya
    "Debraj, I didn't believe that I would be able to walk this long in this heat" said Uttara Chakrabarty. Senior Citizen. Teacher in the History...

  • What we are not likely to achieve at Bengal Leads: a response to Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien's post

    Master and a glass of Margarita |  Tathagata Bhattacharya
    Being termed as West Bengal's Gujarat Summit, which wrapped up after a successful show on Saturday last week, the Trinamool government's 'Bengal Leads' conclave has...

  • No country for rape victims

    Write Corner |  Anubha Bhonsle
    I had a friend, let's call her 'B'. She was assaulted outside her home. We were just out of college. Like most assaults, the perpetrators...

  • An open letter to Mamata Banerjee

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    Dear Mamata-Di, Let me at the very outset express a sneaking admiration for the manner in which you have proved your critics wrong yet ...

  • After Tagore, who?

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    The closing of the Bengali mind I returned to north Bengal last week for a short holiday in the Darjeeling hills. I spent my ...

  • Mamata opens her heart to KKR, forgets Soumitra

    Begging Your Pardon |  Rituparna Chatterjee
    New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's unbridled joy at the Kolkata Knight Riders winning the fifth season of the Indian Premier League was...

  • KKR Roadshow: Who's funding Mamata's comedy of errors?

    Begging Your Pardon |  Rituparna Chatterjee
    No one manages a party quite like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She proved that again on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens. The city...

  • One year of Poriborton: the importance of being Mamata

    Fresh air |  Vivek Sengupta
    It is exactly a year since Mamata Banerjee created history in Bengal by dislodging the Left Front from power, after 34 long years of uninterrupted...

  • A disease lurks Byangoland

    Kolkata Colloquies |  Priyanka Gupta
    It's a terrible disease and it's spreading very fast. The symptoms are pronounced. It is known to make humans contort their faces, sometimes even expose...

  • Professor arrest: Mamata, the Nero of Bengal

    Master and a glass of Margarita |  Tathagata Bhattacharya
    The path of self-destruction, that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has embarked on since May, 2011, has been concrete-reinforced by her government's actions over...

  • When the tigress left the jungle...

    Kolkata Colloquies |  Priyanka Gupta
    She called her a 'tigress'. The 37-year-old Park street rape victim was grateful to one woman who believed in her and her account when no...

  • Mamata can't run a state like a youth club

    Master and a glass of Margarita |  Tathagata Bhattacharya
    October is a month of festivities. There is Durga Puja and there is Diwali. But for more than 6000 retired employees of the Calcutta State...

  • Paschim Banga: Alphabet, history and lost chance

    Begging Your Pardon |  Rituparna Chatterjee
    The baptism of West Bengal was extraordinary in its plainness. From a popular standpoint, the growing clamour for a new name for the state had...

  • What Bengal Left didn't learn from China

    CHAKRAVIEW |  Sumon K Chakrabarti
    It's actually ironic that I am in China! To understand the enormity of the purpose, you have to be born, bred in West Bengal, my...

  • If Mamata the Railway Minister ran Bengal

    Master and a glass of Margarita |  Tathagata Bhattacharya
    West Bengal has seen - and chosen - Mamata Banerjee the inspirational leader. Now what can the state expect from Mamata the Chief Minister? There...

  • Stars in the ground

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    The last vote has been cast. The surveys are out. EVMs stand at the ready. In 48 hours, the voice of the Indian voter will...

  • Will the change be enough to 'change' Bengal?

    Lost in 'Trance'lation |  Abid Soffi
    New Delhi: With only two phases left in the West Bengal Assembly elections and the judgment day round the corner, the people of Bengal are...

  • Whoosh! The simple man

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    Travelling with Mamata Banerjee in North Bengal, in the first phase of polling in early April, reaping an unusual break and a whirlwind. A ...

  • High stakes elections for Congress

    Pallavi's space |  Pallavi Ghosh
    Not many noticed when Sonia Gandhi quietly made Digvijaya Singh in-charge of Assam last month. Despite the general perception that Congress has no real opponent...

  • The crumpled sari

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    Mamata triumphs at a time when mass leaders are becoming extinct. The crumpled sari is decidedly unaesthetic. So is the untidy hair and rough ...

  • Mamata Express: You can't stop her anymore

    Fair & Ugly |  Diptosh Majumdar
    There hasn't been any full stop in the political story of West Bengal for thirty-three years. After the civic poll results were declared, we can...