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EXPLAINED: The Saradha chit fund scam

  What is the Saradha scam all about, who are the main players behind it? Indrani Roy/ presents an faq. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her ministers won't forget......

Mamatadi, this is not the poriborton we sought

'We want a change in Bengal again -- but this time change in the real sense of the term.'  An anguished Indrani Roy writes an open letter to the West Bengal chief minister Respected Mamatadi......

Kolkata poll diary: Voters brave sweltering heat

After taking a stroll in the bylanes of South Kolkata, Indrani Roy Mitra moves on to North Kolkata in the sweltering heat as the day progresses, and talks to voters and supporters alike during the......

Kolkata poll diary: Will Bengal usher in 'change'?

As the crucial third phase polling of the West Bengal assembly elections begins on Wednesday morning, Indrani Roy Mitra tries to gauge the political temperatures as she strolls through the by-lanes......

In north Bengal, netas 'dream' as voters struggle

Indrani Roy Mitra visits Haldibari in North Bengal's Coochbehar district and realises that between political strategies and 'illogical' high hopes of leaders, lies the realm of the unattended,......

Saradha scam: Where has all the money gone?

It was a multi-million rupee scam whose extent and reach are still being unravelled, so why did the chief of the scam-tainted Saradha group Sudipta Sen plead that he was unable to pay Rs 30,000 as......

'Now, I am reduced to nothing'

'I have tutored my family and myself to fight hunger,' the former agent for the Saradha chit fund says, his eyes welling up. 96 of the 107 cases referred to the Serious Fraud Investigation Office......

'US economy needs to improve for India to turn around'

The Indian economy is sinking but everyone's busy enjoying the high life, no one's worried, says veteran economist Ashok Mitra, in an interview to's Indrani Roy. Veteran economist and......

Global warming woes? Let's go back to khadi

A few years ago, the film Lage Raho Munnabhai had taken the Indian entertainment industry by a storm: its sole USP being Gandhi-ism. In a lucid and highly palatable manner, the film brought forth......

'India needs a cautious and balanced approach'

Adi Godrej, architect of the fabulous success of the Godrej group, won't admit that the Indian economy is suffering from a meltdown. "The economy has been hit by a slowdown, but I don't think we......

Soumitra Chatterjee: I don't have much faith in awards

'No other actor in India was as lucky as me,' Soumitra Chatterjee tells Indrani Roy/   The brilliant actor Soumitra Chatterjee turns 80 today, January 19. On this occasion, we......

The story that got Ashutosh Gowariker excited

Ashutosh Gowariker loves challenging movie-making. After making epics like Lagaan, Swades and Jodhaa Akbar, he switched to frothy romantic comedy with his forthcoming What's Your Raashee. He has......

'Please don't make a film on Mumbai attacks'

Please don't make a film on the Mumbai attacks," filmmaker Sandip Ray appealed to his colleagues in the film industry. "As responsible citizens, we, filmmakers, should stop glorifying such macabre......

'A National Award calls for a lot of lobbyism'

I read Pather Panchali and its sequel Aparajito, novels by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, at the age of 11 but saw the trilogy by Satyajit Ray much later. And I have no qualms in stating that I......

Manisha, we want Rajjo back!

Dear Manisha,As I write, my head reels. I am yet to recover from the pain I went through while reviewing Anjaane: The Unknown. Sadly, Bollywood is infested with directors who pick popular Hollywood......

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