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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What Yeddyurappa miscalculated and thereby miscommunicated is his ability to garner a majority.
20 May 2018
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