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TMC peddles 'soft Hindutva' to stop march of BJP in Bengal

TMC peddles 'soft Hindutva' to stop march of BJP in Bengal

Rediff.com22 Sep 2020

Political observers have said that the TMC, now desperate to shed the 'anti-Hindu' tag and embrace 'soft Hindutva', is carefully planning its moves, with help from poll strategist Prashant Kishor and team, as is evident from its decisions to organise Brahmin Sammelan, provide sops to Sanatan Brahmins, and financial aid to Durga puja committees.

Ahead of polls, Bengal sees rise of sub-nationalism

Ahead of polls, Bengal sees rise of sub-nationalism

Rediff.com16 Aug 2020

The politicisation of ethnic sentiments in the state has coincided with the ascent of the BJP and increased activities of far right Hindu outfits, which organised rallies and other events on religious occasions such as Ram Navami a festival not very popular in West Bengal- unlike states in north India.

Galwan violence: Kolkata's Chinese wary of 1962 rerun

Galwan violence: Kolkata's Chinese wary of 1962 rerun

Rediff.com18 Jun 2020

The Chinese community in the city is one of the largest in the country and is apprehensive that the escalation of the conflict between the two Asian giants would hamper their lives and livelihood.

'It seems there was a war': Cyclone Amphan overwhelms Bengal

'It seems there was a war': Cyclone Amphan overwhelms Bengal

Rediff.com21 May 2020

Amphan was the fiercest Cyclone to hit West Bengal in the last 100 years. A large part of the state was without power as electricity poles have been blown away. Mobile and internet services were also down as the cyclone has damaged hundreds of communication towers.

Why West Bengal's coronavirus mortality rate is high

Why West Bengal's coronavirus mortality rate is high

Rediff.com8 May 2020

Social stigma and low testing are the key reasons for the high mortality rate among COVID-19 patients in West Bengal, where the disease, like elsewhere in the country, is still an urban phenomenon, experts say. The state's Trinamool Congress government has been drawing consistent criticism from the Centre and opposition parties over the way it has tackled the pandemic, and has been accused of under-reporting data about the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Covid: Anthropologists fear for safety of low-immunity Andaman tribes

Covid: Anthropologists fear for safety of low-immunity Andaman tribes

Rediff.com28 Mar 2020

With the tribes together accounting for less than 1,000 people, largely disconnected from the rest of the world and having very low immunity levels, anthropologists fear they could get extinct should the pandemic spreads its tentacles across the islands.

Resolutions against CAA political gesture: Tharoor

Resolutions against CAA political gesture: Tharoor

Rediff.com23 Jan 2020

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that bringing in resolutions against the Citizenship Amendment Act is more of a "political gesture" by the states as they hardly have any role in granting citizenships. The lawmaker said that in the implementation of the National Population Register and the proposed nationwide NRC, the states will have a vital part as it will be their officials who will conduct the exercise because the Centre doesn't have the required manpower.

Will Ayodhya verdict help BJP in Bengal polls?

Will Ayodhya verdict help BJP in Bengal polls?

Rediff.com10 Nov 2019

The BJP which stormed into Mamata Banerjee's fortress earlier this year by bagging 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats faced immense flak when the final NRC in Assam left out Bengali Hindus in large numbers.

Misunderstanding led to BSF jawan's killing: B'desh HM

Misunderstanding led to BSF jawan's killing: B'desh HM

Rediff.com19 Oct 2019

Terming the incident "unfortunate", the Bangladesh home minister said the director general of both the forces should ideally sit together and solve the issue.

Conduct DNA test on Netaji's ashes: Daughter urges PM Modi

Conduct DNA test on Netaji's ashes: Daughter urges PM Modi

Rediff.com22 Aug 2019

She alleged that certain people in the previous governments had "neglected" the matter as they "never" wanted the mystery to be solved.

After J-K bifurcation, Darjeeling parties seek UT status

After J-K bifurcation, Darjeeling parties seek UT status

Rediff.com6 Aug 2019

The statehood issue and implementation of the sixth schedule of the Constitution have been the major demands in the hills since the beginning of the protracted Gorkhaland movement in 1986.

How BJP is planning to wrest Bengal from Mamata

How BJP is planning to wrest Bengal from Mamata

Rediff.com9 Jun 2019

'For the time being, the party to put on hold induction of TMC leaders and focus on strengthening its grassroot level organisation.'

'TMC used us to capture power'

'TMC used us to capture power'

Rediff.com11 May 2019

Fourteen persons were killed in the firing on a demonstration against land acquisition on March 14, leading to a nationwide outrage and the Calcutta high court 'suo motu' ordering a CBI investigation.

'BJP has promised to look into Gorkhaland demand'

'BJP has promised to look into Gorkhaland demand'

Rediff.com14 Apr 2019

'Winning this election will take us a step closer to realising our dreams'

Akhilesh on why Congress is kept out of UP alliance

Akhilesh on why Congress is kept out of UP alliance

Rediff.com22 Jan 2019

Without ruling out the possibility of working with the Congress after polls, Akhilesh said he has good relations with the party and would be 'happy' if the next prime minister was from his home state.

Don't need 'insignificant' Congress to defeat BJP in UP: SP

Don't need 'insignificant' Congress to defeat BJP in UP: SP

Rediff.com6 Jan 2019

'The Congress's policy is it will take benefits from everybody, but when it gets an opportunity, it does not want to share it with others'

The 2 ways to beat Modi in 2019

The 2 ways to beat Modi in 2019

Rediff.com12 Dec 2018

According to Yashwant Sinha, a national-level pre-poll alliance of all opposition parties should be formed or a nationwide pre-poll alliance of regional parties should be made to defeat the BJP in the general elections.

This is how BJP plans to win Bengal

This is how BJP plans to win Bengal

Rediff.com5 Dec 2018

BJP chief Amit Shah had set a target of winning 22 Lok Sabha seats out of 42 seats in West Bengal.

BJP not thinking of Ram Mandir ordinance as of now: Vijayvargiya

BJP not thinking of Ram Mandir ordinance as of now: Vijayvargiya

Rediff.com2 Dec 2018

According to him, the temple issue did 'more harm than good' to the BJP as the matter was being used by the opposition 'to terrorise minorities and polarise votes'.

Tradition and heritage of West Bengal under threat: Modi

Tradition and heritage of West Bengal under threat: Modi

Rediff.com16 Jul 2018

According to Modi, the TMC's 'political syndicate' rules in the land of 'Vande Mataram' and 'Jana-Gana-Mana' and pursues appeasement and vote bank politics.

Tripura rout may force CPM to rethink adjustments with Congress

Tripura rout may force CPM to rethink adjustments with Congress

Rediff.com4 Mar 2018

CPM politburo member Hannan Mollah said the party is facing one of the toughest situations following its defeat in Tripura, which has "forced us to rethink in a new way".

With Karat vs Yechury war in open, CPI-M looking for middle path

With Karat vs Yechury war in open, CPI-M looking for middle path

Rediff.com4 Feb 2018

The two senior most leaders of the Communist Party of India-Marxist are at the loggerhead over alliance or adjustment with the Congress.

Act as mentors, not tormentors: Ramesh to senior Congress leaders

Act as mentors, not tormentors: Ramesh to senior Congress leaders

Rediff.com28 Jan 2018

Ramesh said the substance of Modi's speech is 'mostly bogus' but is presented in a very convincing manner.

BJP's win in Gujarat, HP unsettles political equations in WB

BJP's win in Gujarat, HP unsettles political equations in WB

Rediff.com19 Dec 2017

Some leaders believe that the Mamata Banerjee-led party could tone down its shrillness in countering the saffron party whose win has given the BJP state leadership and cadres a strong footing to prepare ground for the next year's panchayat polls.

Ham operators pick up suspicious 'cross border conversation' of GJM activists

Ham operators pick up suspicious 'cross border conversation' of GJM activists

Rediff.com25 Jun 2017

Most of the coded signals and communications were in Nepali and Tibetan languages.

Gurung vows to intensify stir as GTA members quit

Gurung vows to intensify stir as GTA members quit

Rediff.com23 Jun 2017

It was the state government which has violated human rights and slapped false cases against the GJM, he claimed.

Darjeeling: Internet remains suspended, GJM takes out protest march

Darjeeling: Internet remains suspended, GJM takes out protest march

Rediff.com19 Jun 2017

Protesters also burnt effigies of Banerjee and vowed to continue their fight for Gorkhaland.

Rajnath Singh appeals for peace as GJM supporters take out silent protest

Rajnath Singh appeals for peace as GJM supporters take out silent protest

Rediff.com18 Jun 2017

Security personnel in large numbers were deployed in the hill district of West Bengal after widespread clashes between GJM activists and the police were witnessed on Saturday.

Dry state Manipur on a high during electioneering

Dry state Manipur on a high during electioneering

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

The seizure of liquor has been a matter of concern for the EC since it apprehends that the liquor might be used to influence the voters.

Who will Muslims in Manipur vote for?

Who will Muslims in Manipur vote for?

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

In more than a dozen assembly constituencies, the Muslim community, locally known as 'Pangal' or 'Meitei Pangal', can swing results.

Manipur youth is fed up with blockade politics

Manipur youth is fed up with blockade politics

Rediff.com24 Feb 2017

The indefinite economic blockade by United Naga Council since November 1, 2016 in Manipur against the state government's decision for creation of seven new districts has severely hit supply of essential commodities, including fuel.

Manipur polls: What Asia's largest women-run market wants

Manipur polls: What Asia's largest women-run market wants

Rediff.com22 Feb 2017

Mother's market or 'Ima Kheitel' in Manipuri is not just a market but a sign of empowerment of women.

Meet Manipur's first Muslim woman candidate

Meet Manipur's first Muslim woman candidate

Rediff.com22 Feb 2017

Najima Bibi is a candidate of PRJA party of Irom Sharmila and is contesting from Wabgai constituency.

Fight against AFSPA will continue, only strategy has changed: Sharmila

Fight against AFSPA will continue, only strategy has changed: Sharmila

Rediff.com19 Feb 2017

Sharmila said a section of people even wanted her 'martyrdom' during the 16-year old fast against the AFSPA that she decided to end last year.

Politics of economic blockade dominates Manipur polls

Politics of economic blockade dominates Manipur polls

Rediff.com16 Feb 2017

Blockade is an issue which has seemingly widened the divide between the hills and the plains.

Those who consider India their country, should treat cow as mother: Jharkhand CM

Those who consider India their country, should treat cow as mother: Jharkhand CM

Rediff.com20 Aug 2016

He said it was due to the degradation of moral values that social evils such as rapes, cow slaughter and other evils are happening in the society.

NOT AGAIN! Chit funds resurface in Bengal in a new avatar

NOT AGAIN! Chit funds resurface in Bengal in a new avatar

Rediff.com29 Jun 2016

According to the consumer affairs department, these chit funds are operating at a small level.

Bangladesh rolls out the red carpet for PM Modi

Bangladesh rolls out the red carpet for PM Modi

Rediff.com5 Jun 2015

Ahead of Modi's two-day visit, the capital city Dhaka is having a festive look with streets adorned with life-size cutouts of Modi.

Now, ponzi schemes resurface in Bengal in a new avatar

Now, ponzi schemes resurface in Bengal in a new avatar

Rediff.com7 Dec 2014

Neither do they have a no-objection certificate from the state nor any kind of Reserve Bank of India permission.

Mizoram film industry pins hope on new government

Mizoram film industry pins hope on new government

Rediff.com20 Nov 2013

Swamped by Korean films dubbed in Mizo language, the film industry in Mizoram hopes that whichever party comes to power after polls should allocate more funds for its development.

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