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Rajat Roy

As COVID-19 Testing In Bengal Remains Low, Battle Between Mamata And Centre Continues

May 01, 2020 Rajat Roy

The West Bengal government’s attempt to ‘dilute’ the COVID-19 death tally in the state has come under severe criticism from various quarters in the society.

BJP, TMC Have One Thing In Common: Their Objection To Aishe Ghosh Leading Anti-CAA Rallies

Feb 13, 2020 Rajat Roy

It seems that the ruling Trinamool Congress wants to keep Ghosh at bay, for it doesn't want to see another Kanhaiya Kumar emerge in its backyard, writes Rajat Roy.


Mamata Banerjee’s Decision To Skip Oppn Meet On CAA Raises Many Questions, Erodes Her Credibility

The Opposition meeting has been called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the situation arising out of violence on various university campuses and protests in the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

Amid Criticism Over Boycotting Opposition Meet, Mamata Banerjee Meets PM Modi, Asks Him To Withdraw CAA

Jan 11, 2020 Rajat Roy

Just after meeting PM Modi, Banerjee went straight to TMC students wing sit-in demonstration in the city against CAA


No West Bengal Tableau At This Year's R-Day Parade As Centre Rejects State Govt's Themes

For this year’s tableau, the West Bengal government had submitted three ideas -- Kanyashree, Sabooj Sathi and Jal Dharo Jal Bharo.

21 December, 2019

'Unconstitutional...Surprised': Miffed With Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Governor Shoots Two Letters

Rajat Roy

'I earnestly appeal to you to seriously ponder over the situation and withdraw the statement so that our democratic fabric is no longer dented,' West Bengal Governor wrote to Mamata Banerjee.


05 December, 2019

Tussle Between Bengal Governor And Mamata Banerjee Govt Touches New Flashpoint

Rajat Roy

The rift began in September when the Governor rushed to Jadavpur University to ‘rescue’ BJP's Babul Supriyo.


28 November, 2019

West Bengal: If Bypoll Results Are Any Indication, It Won't Be Easy Road To Power For BJP In State

Rajat Roy

The TMC victory in the three politically significant constituencies could be an indication of the way the wind is blowing in the state.


01 September, 2019

After NRC In Assam, BJP Will Have To Tread Cautiously In Bengal

Rajat Roy

Realising that the outcome of the final list might be counter-productive for them, the BJP in Assam is now changing tracks. Yet, in Bengal, the same party is clamouring for NRC.


27 June, 2019

OPINION | Mahua's First Lok Sabha Speech Is Commendable, But It's Time She Looks At What TMC Does In Bengal

Rajat Roy

Mahua Moitra, in her speech, emphatically pointed out that the ruling party’s "nationalism" was doing nothing but fuelling xenophobia, targeting one community and blaming it for all the shortcomings in our country, adding they were all "early signs of Fascism".


10 June, 2019

Despite His Criticism Of Tagore's Plays, Girish Karnad Charmed Bengali Artists

Rajat Roy

Sankho Ghosh, who translated two of Girish Karnad’s famous plays briefly observes that Karnad was not only a leading playwright and actor of his time, but also undoubtedly one of the foremost leaders of Indian cultural world.


24 May, 2019

Will Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress Survive Till 2021 Assembly Elections?

Rajat Roy

Assembly elections in West Bengal will be held in 2021. But the BJP may not wait till then;their immediate goal is to put an end to Mamata’s rule as soon as possible.


20 May, 2019

Exit Polls Show Gains For BJP In Bengal: What It Means For Mamata Banerjee and TMC

Rajat Roy

Exit polls show the BJP making huge gains in West Bengal. If these trends hold true, it would mean the end of TMC’s hegemony in the state.


17 May, 2019

Secularism Exits Bengal As BJP's Hard Hindutva And Mamata's Soft Hindutva Clash

Rajat Roy

This year’s election in Bengal will also be remembered for the demise of traditional liberal-secular space in the state’s politics.


15 May, 2019

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Why West Bengal Has Emerged As The Most Violent Battleground

Rajat Roy

For the first time in the seven-decade old election history of India, West Bengal has assumed such significant importance in Lok Sabha elections.


24 April, 2019

PM Narendra Modi Bowls A Killer Googly: Why Mamata Banerjee's 'Sweet Diplomacy' May Taste Bitter For Muslim Voters

Rajat Roy

At a time when Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee are going at each other's jugular, the Bengal Chief Minister's policy of showering BJP top leaders with gifts may anger Muslim voters so crucial to Didi's political survival


05 February, 2019

Ponzi Politics: CBI Drama In Kolkata Is Pre-Election Posturing, And Mamata Played It Well

Rajat Roy

Mamata’s continuing tirade against Modi and her effort to bring the opposition together on the singular issue of ‘Oust Modi’ in the coming elections has already started showing some results.


26 January, 2019

BJP’s Political Calculations Behind Bharat Ratna To Pranab Mukherjee, Bhupen Hazarika

Rajat Roy

The awardees for the year were announced on the eve of India's 70th Republic Day.


Photo Gallery

India's Pusarla V. Sindhu celebrates after scoring a point against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi during their women's singles badminton semifinal match at the BWF World Tour Finals in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

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India's Pusarla V. Sindhu celebrates after defeating Japan's Akane Yamaguchi during their women's singles badminton semifinal match at the BWF World Tour Finals in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia.

AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

A healthcare worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test in view of the threat of the new variant (Omicron) of the virus, at a railway station in Patna.

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Beach side temporary shops covered by polythene sheets in the wake of Cyclone Jawad, in Puri.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami and others during BJP election campaign rally, ahead of state Assembly polls in 2022, in Dehradun.

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Young, brash and little-known artistes are using hip-hop as an outlet to speak up and speak out.

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Let's Talk About Ageism And Sexism In Indian Films, A Zillionth Time!

While everyone is going gaga over actress Katrina Kaif in the revamped version of 'Tip Tip Barsa Pani', the replacement of Raveena Tandon does point towards the problem of sexism and ageism in the Indian film industry

Nov 17, 2021 Yashika Mathur

T20 World Cup 2021 Analysis: David Warner And Mitchell Marsh - Tale Of Two Comebacks

Australia winning the T20 World Cup for the first time has been timely as they host the next edition at their own backyard in 2022.

Nov 15, 2021 Arijit Ghosh

Education In India During Covid-19: Challenges Faced And Solutions For A Post-Pandemic Era

As per the Observer Research Foundation, close to 250 million children in India were adversely affected due to school closures due to the early lockdowns imposed by the government in response to Covid-19.

Nov 11, 2021 Shekhar Mehta

T20 World Cup Review: Jaded By An Excess Of Cricket, India Were On An Inevitable Path To Doom

India's cricket administrators showed more drive to boost BCCI's coffers rather than take care of players' welfare during pandemic times.

Nov 08, 2021 Arijit Ghosh