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Shikha Mukerjee

Shikha Mukerjee | Battle for Bengal: BJP to face hidden pitfalls

Steering between the simplistic and the messy complexities of identity politics in West Bengal, the BJP is travelling over a minefield

26 Jan 2021 12:05 AM

Shikha Mukerjee | Bhoomi putra for Bengal: Has BJP made a mistake?

Every chief minister of West Bengal has been a national leader first and a local leader as well and most were at loggerheads with the Centre

23 Dec 2020 6:52 AM

Shikha Mukerjee | BJP in Bengal: Bruised, battered… still upbeat?

The BJP in West Bengal needs to create a playbook that is in sync with the political culture of the state

15 Dec 2020 7:32 AM

Shikha Mukerjee | Pivot or perish: India’s heartland sends signal

To defy the demands by farmers is as politically risky for the BJP as it would be reckless for the Modi government

05 Dec 2020 8:13 AM

Shikha Mukerjee | TMC realpolitik, BJP & future of ‘Gorkhaland’

This time the spark was lit by the October 7 invitation to talks to “discuss issues related to Gorkhaland” by the Union home ministry

02 Nov 2020 10:55 AM

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Shikha Mukerjee: Amphan’s aftermath set to test Mamata & Modi

India is yet to declare devastation caused by Amphan a national disaster; its dithering is a signal of the political leadership’s inadequacy

26 May 2020 4:56 PM

Political trade grows: RS is the new market

Politicians have made enterprises of themselves and their constituents

18 Mar 2020 12:03 AM

Bengal war: Just political smarts won’t be enough

As much as other issues, parliamentary democracy in a multi-party federal State will also be on trial.

04 Mar 2020 3:00 AM

A chance for Mamata to grab secular space?

West Bengal will be the most closely watched state in this contest.

25 Feb 2020 2:48 AM

BJP failed to gauge the anger of women, youth

The subtext of the amendment is that the Muslim is not rooted; she is not a legitimate daughter of “Bharat Mata”.

13 Feb 2020 5:40 AM

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Pluralist vs polarised grassroots democracy

Citizenship as a basic identity has had the effect of bringing the politics down to earth.

21 Jan 2020 4:37 AM

Decision time for Cong: Can it lead from front?

This is not a political impasse that can be negotiated through complicated calculations of advantage and profit.

08 Jan 2020 2:16 AM

Govt’s desperate hurry on CAB seems puzzling

The protesters and the posters in the Northeast, including Assam, are angry and upset by “illegal migrants”.

09 Dec 2019 12:38 AM

Playing fast, going slow: Politicians & apex court

The BJP can trade all the horses it wants, but it cannot put back together again the broken bits of its claim to being a clean party.

26 Nov 2019 12:13 AM

Momentum of inertia, govt remains in denial

The hectic legislative schedule of the BJP on establishing a proto Hindu rashtra with lawful approval masks a curious and intriguing deletion.

18 Nov 2019 1:58 AM

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Food power in politics: Onions make you cry

The old-fashioned, down to earth politicians of the present generation are wary about the sentiments of food; prices, availability and quality.

12 Nov 2019 2:49 AM

Maha, Haryana signals: Lesson of half-full glass

If the BJP really meant to do what it had declared — one nation, one vote — the best time to get started would have been now.

29 Oct 2019 12:09 AM

BJP plays puja politics, tramples on tradition

The tradition in West Bengal is that in the festival season there is no politics.

07 Oct 2019 2:17 AM

How will one card solve any of India’s problems?

The BJP may have been right when it laid down the law — one man-one post.

27 Sep 2019 1:46 AM

As BJP flounders, is the best still to come?

Consider that Bangladesh started out as a devastated nation when it fought and parted company with Pakistan.

11 Sep 2019 1:37 AM

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