Santwana Bhattacharya

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It was 2011, that election for change. Travelling from Darjeeling-Siliguri down Bengal, one reached Lalgarh with a friend-photographer in tow. An attack on then CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharyya and a blockade by locals had led to a crackdown. A red alert was still on. Reaching a government-forsaken

31 Aug 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A statesman regarded not just by wonks but even the opposition

As prime minister, he could detonate the nuclear bomb, then ride a bus to Lahore and take Pakistan by storm only to be badly bitten by the Kargil treachery.

17 Aug 2018

Somnathda lent his stature to House

 ‘Somnath da’ — as he was popularly known — lent his weight and stature to the House.
He would make unlikely friends — MPs from smaller regional parties, whom he unfailing gave time to

14 Aug 2018

The bhadralok who was fiercely independent

In  Keeping the Faith, his memoirs published in 2010, Somnath Chatterjee comes out more as a parliamentarian than a politician bearing affiliation to the CPI(M).

14 Aug 2018

Insider -Out

How Harivansh won The call from the PM is what made all the difference: JD-U’s Harivansh Narayan Singh won the Rajya Sabha deputy chair’s post hands down.

12 Aug 2018

Kissa Kursi Ka: NDA wrests Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman's post

The BJP at the head of the treasury proved to be far more nifty and agile than the Grand Old Party, with its grand old big brotherly ways.

10 Aug 2018

Concerned about ignorance of ideologies: Senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy

Though Reddy lamented that thought has gone out of fashion and politics has acquired a kind of thoughtlessness and anti-intellectualism, there was plenty of it on offer on the occasion.

08 Aug 2018

Parliment diary

The post of the Deputy Chairperson Rajya Sabha lying vacant since PJ Kurien’s term ended will finally be filled up on August 9.

07 Aug 2018


TMC’s Derek O’Brien is the man of the moment—taking umbrage at the Rajya Sabha chair for quizzically calling him the quizmaster.

05 Aug 2018

Parliament diary

Though the NRC-Assam continued to dominate the discourse, the Lok Sabha showed rare unanimity in passing a Bill granting constitutional status to the National Commission to Backward Classes, 406 to ze

03 Aug 2018

Will Kolkata be the capital again?

Mamata’s strident positioning on the National Register of Citizens issue may only help the BJP, but then...

03 Aug 2018


If Tuesday belonged to BJP chief Amit Shah—Wednesday belonged to Didi.

02 Aug 2018


It was clearly a rights day in the Lok Sabha. Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi apologised for acting coy, referring to transgender people as “the other ones’’; and a Bill seeking the death

31 Jul 2018


Coming in sync with the dilution of Section 18 of the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the appointment of Justice AK Goyal as the National Green Tribunal head seems to

29 Jul 2018

Parliament diary

It seems, BJP Ministers and MPs have been directed not to indulge in loose talk or chat with media when the session is on and spend time in Parliament library instead.

27 Jul 2018

Parliament diary

The MPs from the treasury benches had one evening engagement on Wednesday were not willing to miss — the screening of a film on the Prime Minister.

26 Jul 2018

Congress flexible on Prime Minister candidate

Who can be the face of the Opposition to counter the ageing but undimmed rockstar vibes of Narendra Modi in 2019?

25 Jul 2018

Parliament diary

On the fourth day of the Monsoon session, the houses of Parliament remained busy with the amendment Bills, particularly the one seeking to make the child rape law far more stringent.

24 Jul 2018

Parliament diary

With the stage set for a no-confidence motion, the focus was on the fence-sitters and the so-called disgruntled NDA ally, Shiv Sena. The Sena leadership in Mumbai wanted to keep the BJP on tenterhooks

20 Jul 2018

Will summer come in December?

Election is in the air as Parliament’s Monsoon Session begins. And the BJP has suddenly agreed to face a no-trust vote

20 Jul 2018

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