west bengal

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campus watch

By Anonymous: On August 7, when reports of a student been beaten to death at a college in West Bengal started to emerge, educationists and ordinary citizens of the state shuddered at yet another manifestation of politicization of the education system. In the recent years, most campuses across the state has periodically witnessed such scenes […]
For the 15 days, families in West Bengal have been dealing with mass flooding. Locals say it's the worst flooding in 15 years. There are an estimated 13,200 villages in just West Bengal alone affected, with the worst affected district being Bardhaman, where more than 333,000 people are directly affected. In all of India, an estimated 10 million are affected.

But it’s not on news stations. It’s not being discussed in public spheres. There’s no mention in newspapers. And I can’t figure out why.

For the last five days, I’ve taken tiny hand-dug boats to reach villages cut-off – their road access lost due to the rising waters.

By Daniel Mung: Editor’s Note: While no work is getting done in the Monsoon Session in the Parliament, a deluge that has rendered 2.4 lakh people homeless, and more than 60 dead, is raging in West Bengal. The army has been deployed in Bhardman district to shepherd the panic stricken crowd into 1537 relief camps. […]
Photo Credits

By Abhismita Sen: Life in West Bengal keeps getting interesting with each passing day, making the news channels no less entertaining than the daily soaps. As the tensions with the centre ensue, the state government, desperate to undo the ills of the “Saradha Scam“ prior to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections, is coming up with […]

By Nishant Chhinkwani: The Jadavpur University protests that gained steam by the continuous stonewalling of the authorities to downplay an investigation of molestation and gained national attention when as many as 40 peacefully protesting students were brutalized by police action (and 38 were arrested) on the wee hours of September 17, reached a massive crescendo […]
left front

By Ayushi Vig: The summer of 2011 is not often remembered for being particularly eventful. The events of that summer, however, were politically crucial to India’s Left front, serving it a final blow that it has yet to recover from. After a thirty-four year rule, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was voted out of […]
Tapas Pal

By Mayank Jain: I write this letter as an agonized citizen who has lost all faith in the future of this country as we find ourselves governed by ministers like you who go around making shocking comments on something as sensitive as ‘rapes’. Your recent comment, as reported on the video released by various media […]

By Amrita Mukherjee: The white starched kurta, the self-righteous air of intellect, the bold rimmed spectacles, the extensive collection of any book remotely communist. As I walked into the humble abode of one of the oldest leaders of the Communist Party of India, a million questions ran through my mind, a million desperate answers that […]
celebs in elections

By Dipanjan Das: It’s time for the good old elections again, and this time the stage is set for a showdown between the forces of fundamentalism (as some claim) and the champions of corruption (as others assert) with the adherents of anarchy (according to some) throwing a spanner in the works. I’m not going to […]
education in india

By Ankita Ranjan: Education is the stepping stone to development. Educate the children and improve the society. However, in today’s declining economy, education is meant only for those who can easily afford two square meals a day. It is an unattainable dream for those who live on the margins, under the burden of class structures, […]
mamata banerjee-anna hazare

By Amrita Roy: It hadn’t even been a week since Arvind Kejriwal had resigned from the CM’s post in Delhi, when Mamata Banerjee held a joint press conference with Anna Hazare. While the relationship was absurd to say the least, it was rather shocking to see the man who had openly bashed his most faithful […]

By Rovel Sequeira: The run-up to any election in India is filled not only with exaggerated promises made by politicians from all parties and by utopian manifestoes promising to cure the ills of the country and the world in the next five years, if elected, but also all manner of speculations about power sharing arrangements […]

By Anwesha Dhar:  When I was very young, my mother often used to tell me that you don’t need to do something great to usher in change. It can be a small step, but no matter how trivial it may appear to be at the moment, there will come a time when it will show […]
West Bengal Rape

By Sukriti Roy: “20 year old woman gang raped as per the orders of a Kangaroo Court in West Bengal.” Disgusted? Appalled? Horrified? Probably no words to describe the reaction this news creates! As always, it is the rape victim’s fault, thanks to the skewed psyche of the people. So, what was this woman’s fault? […]

By Kiran Mary George: ‘I will not protect you in this place,’ Said an IPS officer to the father of a sixteen year old young girl, after she was gang-raped twice and murdered at her village in Madhyamagram by a gang of thugs last year. How much more deranged can that possibly sound? Girl gets […]
middle class

By Sayendri Panchadhyayi: Globalization has liberated the values, attitudes and aspirations of the Indian middle-class that has embraced the dogma of liberalization, envisioning its potential of guaranteeing a better life. This new middle-class comprises of the educated and qualified, professional and technical white-collar staff that made their mark with the advent of a globalized economy. […]
Kolkata Traffic

By Shibayan Raha: While people in Poschimbongo were getting ready for the panchayat elections last week, the Kolkata Police was busy in implementing a repressive measure which is hurting the very people which keeps the city of Kolkata moving. In a move, which of course the mainstream media didn’t report, the Kolkata Traffic Police banned […]

By Venkatesan Parthasarathy: If I say there isn’t a dull moment in Indian politics, I am quite sure my statement wouldn’t be disputed and if I say a certain lady from the state of West Bengal is the prime actor involved in a majority of those ‘moments’, then I am doubly sure that I wouldn’t […]

By Priyanka Chakraborty: Location: Princep Ghat, Kolkata, West Bengal. The Ganges with the Howrah Bridge on one side and Vidyasagar Setu, towering over it on another, was a breathtaking sight. But one could not possibly ignore the filth which surrounded the “holy” water. In spite of such unhealthy conditions, people continue to dump and discard […]
waterlogged Kolkata

Our caller, Spandan from Kolkata talks about how water-logging has come up as a massive issue in Kolkata and all that the Government bodies do is play the blame game to get away from the situation. Is a better-off Kolkata really a far fetched dream for the people in the city, and the Mamata Government, […]

By Rhea Kumar: All through history, students have played a major role in the socio-political transformation of a nation. The formation of the Hindu Socialist Republican Organization by the revolutionary freedom fighters Chandrashekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh arose out of their involvement in national politics during their college days. The Asom Gana Parishad, one of […]
mamata banerjee

By Joanna Shruti Sundharam: From appearing on the ‘TIME 2012: List of 100 Most Influential People in the World’ to being called a “dangerous, populist demagogue”; no one can surprise us like Mamata Didi. Currently serving as the Chief Minister of West Bengal, she is known for her whimsical and dictatorial ways. 2012 saw her […]

By Sumedha Bharpilania: Dear Mamata In this age of critical open letters, which have become rather hackneyed in my arrogant opinion, I decided to not conform to societal norms and openly state the kind of reverence I have for the woman that you are. People, who do not possess the kind of intellect that you […]

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