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In party defections, voters are being cheated

When 34 per cent of the panchayat seats in West Bengal went unopposed to the Trinamul Congress, Mr Shah described the situation as “misrule”.

16 Jul 2019 12:36 AM

Article 356 to backfire, BJP keeps Bengal pot boiling

The sentiment quotient in politics has zoomed in the past five years, across the country and in Bengal.

10 Jul 2019 2:24 AM

Clutching at straws in Bengal as BJP on rise

The Trinamul Congress grew and grew, with people who joined in droves.

03 Jul 2019 1:02 AM

Doctors vs Mamata: Tribal confrontation?

The problem with this demand is that it is the craving of the injured ego as well as injured bodies of the doctors on strike.

17 Jun 2019 1:12 AM

Diverse visions of India: Bigger battles lie ahead

Language embodies the culture of the place and even then it fails, at least in India.

05 Jun 2019 2:45 AM


Saffron tide overtakes Bengal

The BJP’s success was in the countryside; its voteshare of close to 40 per cent is perilously close to the TMC’s 45 per cent voteshare.

24 May 2019 7:32 AM

Chandrababu Naidu’s alliance hunt: Mayawati, Mamata, Congress

The timing of the run, before the results are declared and the veracity of numerous exit polls is tested, is also for a reason.

22 May 2019 2:11 AM

A paralysis of thought is marginalising Left

The other memory that may remain is a sub-plot — the rise of the BJP and the decline of the Left in West Bengal. T

15 May 2019 12:04 AM

BJP looks east as going gets tough in Hindi belt

The only problem with the defections that the BJP expects is that it will not reduce Mamata Banerjee’s government to a minority.

02 May 2019 1:24 AM

BJP’s Mission Bengal: Defending faith for votes

In the BJP’s reconstruction, the only political “legacy” that seems to matter in West Bengal is that of Partition.

09 Apr 2019 12:25 AM


Promises, calculations: It’s blind man’s buff!

Promises do serve a political purpose; of grabbing attention and amplifying appeal.

28 Mar 2019 12:22 AM

Oppn ‘Grand Alliance’ faces bigger challenge

The Congress and the CPI(M) have been co-opted in February as part of the coalition of regional parties against the BJP.

05 Mar 2019 12:00 AM

A street fighter battles to ‘save’ Constitution

The next Opposition leaders’ meeting in New Delhi in mid-February will confirm this.

07 Feb 2019 12:25 AM

Alliance fully imagined, with states in lead role

The purpose was to announce the alliance as a nearly formed fighting machine against the BJP.

21 Jan 2019 5:41 AM

Regional satraps have the last laugh

Not all voters are comfortable with the idea of one party one nation.

06 Jan 2019 7:58 AM


Front-making for 2019: Difficulties are growing

The task is horribly difficult as cross-cutting interests intervene to tweak and change the shape the elegant simplicity of the idea.

04 Jan 2019 12:00 AM

Hiccups on crafting a new compact for 2019

The alliances and adjustments within the front are crucial to the looming battle against the BJP in 2019.

22 Dec 2018 12:59 AM

Lotus pond is shrinking: Regional parties must rework 2019 strategy

Miscalculating the power of parochial sentiments, couched in the idiom of Telangana nationalism, has cost the Congress.

12 Dec 2018 1:53 AM

As ‘new aliens’ emerge in Assam, Mamata vs BJP tussle expands

The Supreme Court has asked for a revision and the politics around this has grown heated.

07 Nov 2018 12:49 AM

Is ‘benevolent mother’ Mamata’s new avatar?

Identity politics, of legitimising the assertion of the majority in terms of its religion, is the BJP’s most effective incursion.

25 Oct 2018 12:34 AM