Santwana Bhattacharya

Going to mandir? Bring some Prasad

Jitin took the plunge as he saw no future for the Congress in UP politics. The choice was between oblivion and self-revival. Not between ideology and power, as is all-too-easily posited.

12 Jun 2021

Auto! Can you take me to my own...?

We were playing fast and loose, kindling those animal spirits that went missing from the economy, and chasing votes, when the virus returned in sundry mutant avatars

14 May 2021

Breathe deep, the gathering gloom

Any pandemic is a terrifying spectre; it comes and catches you by surprise from the flanks. But a second wave? Can you be caught by surprise by the same thing a second time?

23 Apr 2021

Buddha and what’s left of the citadel

The 77-year-old former West Bengal CM’s failing health especially respiratory trouble in this Covid season has kept him away from the public stage.

10 Apr 2021

Rahul Gandhi in West Bengal? Maybe in Naxalbari

The game is going into the bloody slog overs in Bengal, but where is Rahul Gandhi? Call it a secondary mystery wrapped inside a nail-biting political thriller.

08 Apr 2021

Bengal polls 2021: The strategist and the Muslim, SC/ST votebank

The hotel industry and the fab cafes haven’t seen such brisk business in the last 10 years of Didi’s rule. None of them will say koro na (don’t do it) to this moveable feast, corona or no corona.

05 Apr 2021

Suvendu Adhikari vs Mamata Banerjee: Nandigram talking point across Bengal

Jora phool is the grass flower associated with the West Bengal Chief Minister’s party, the Trinamool. Will it get the votes? Therein hangs a tale.

01 Apr 2021

Nandigram torn between Dada and Didi

In 2021, Nandigram offers a different picture a small, sharpfocused microcosmic picture of West Bengal politics as it’s being played right now. The people of Nandigram are divided.

31 Mar 2021

Between Purulia, Puducherry and Punnayurkulam

Bengal is in the throes of what anyone would grant is the mother of elections, or at least the feisty elder sister among five

19 Mar 2021

Quiet sutradhar of 10 fruitful years of UPA leaves Congress that’s staring at a hole

That this flowed naturally from their dyed-in-the-wool ‘Congressness’, if you will, is equally a marker of that seeming anachronism.

26 Nov 2020

BJP bruised in semifinal duel ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

It was a different kind of birthday for Rahul Gandhi, and the gift he received was a hard-earned one. It was exactly a year ago, on December 11, 2017, that he took over the reins of the Congress.

12 Dec 2018

No-confidence motion: Narendra Modi gains trust, Rahul Gandhi confidence

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi set the terms of the debate with a caustic attack on Modi and followed it up with ba theatrical hug that took everyone by surprise.

22 Jul 2018

Another chronicler silenced in Kashmir

What is this history that fells its own chronicler? This presiding ideology that devours its own subject? Which turns a dead body, a silenced voice, into a trophy?

17 Jun 2018

BS Yeddyurappa’s 55-hour long journey as Karnataka Chief Minister

What Yeddyurappa miscalculated and thereby miscommunicated is his ability to garner a majority.

20 May 2018

Karnataka polls results 2018: The plot thickens after the mandate

Who won how many seats, the joy and sorrow of victory and defeat, all that was drowned in the speculation on who would form the next government.

16 May 2018