Aishik Chanda

West Bengal's communal cocktail: Why have festivals become Bengal’s new flashpoints?

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday quashed a West Bengal government order halting the Durga Puja immersion so that it does not coincide with the Muharram procession.

23 Sep 2017

Why can’t Muharraum and Durga coincide? Calcutta High Court revokes Mamata's immersion order

Mamata Banerjee issued an order in August decreeing that Durga idol immersions have to be completed by September 30 (Dashami) as Muharram falls the next day

21 Sep 2017

UNHCR: India bound by law not to deport Rohingyas

The Union government took the plea that as India is not a signatory to the Refugee Convention of 1951 or the Protocol of 1967.

21 Sep 2017

Delhi's orders to BSF: Push the Rohingyas back

Border Security Force personnel posted on the Bengal frontier have been issued a simple command: push the Rohingyas back.

20 Sep 2017

Mamata does Maya: Rebel Gorkha leader Binay Tamang named to steer Gorkha Territorial Administration

GTA has been leaderless since 45 members of its executive, including chief executive Bimal Gurung resigned en masse on June 23.

20 Sep 2017

Tamang-Gurung camps slug it out in game for Gorkhaland

Rival Gorkha Janmukti Morcha factions led by party chief Bimal Gurung and chief coordinator Binay Tamang are fighting a bitter war of attrition to garner support of residents of the Darjeeling.

17 Sep 2017

Burdwan blast accused Burhan Sheikh arrested in West Bengal

With Burhan's arrest, the total number of people nabbed in the case has reached 27.

15 Sep 2017

CPM MP expelled for controversial ‘anti-Bengali leadership’, ‘Muslim quota’ remarks

Ritabrata Banerjee claimed that the politburo has a quota for Muslims and accused the central leadership of being 'anti-Bengali'.

14 Sep 2017

Mother of two brutally gang-raped in Bengal

A glass liquor bottle shoved inside her private parts for wanting to end an extra-marital affair in Sainthia town in Birbhum district of the Indian state.

12 Sep 2017

Explainer: Ten years on, another ‘Gorkha coup’ in the offing?

With the support of Mamata Banerjee, with whom Bimal Gurung is now playing a cat and mouse game, Binay Tamang is likely to drum up his support base among the Gorkhaland supporters.

08 Sep 2017

Gorkha outfit claims responsibility for Darjeeling bomb blasts

They also warned that they would bomb the houses of politicians who try to 'sell out'. 

07 Sep 2017

Bitten by the dragon, 1967 victims warn about trusting China

Victims of the 1967 Chinese aggression at Nathu La and Cho La have a simple message for Modi—don’t trust the Chinese.

03 Sep 2017

The Eyeball War: Yes, China blinked, but Siliguri is still in their sights

The Doka La standoff was never only about Doka La. India's steadfast resolve stemmed partly from having to protect the Siliguri corridor. It's not a negotiable factor.

03 Sep 2017

Skirmish 1967 revisited: Bit of Bollywood before the bombs

Happening just five years after the 1962 war, the skirmish at Nathu La lasted just four days, September 11-15, and at Cho La, just one day, October 1.

02 Sep 2017

Skirmish 1967 revisited: A bit of Bollywood before the bombs

People who remember a short skirmish with the Chinese at Nathu La and Cho La in 1967 have a simple message to the Indian PM: Don't trust the Chinese.

01 Sep 2017