All stories by Pradipta Tapadar
TMC peddles 'soft Hindutva' to stop march of BJP in BengalRediff.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-nationalismRediff.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 rerunRediff.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 BengalRediff.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 highRediff.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 tribesRediff.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: TharoorRediff.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?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 HMRediff.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 ModiRediff.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 statusRediff.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 MamataRediff.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'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'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 allianceRediff.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: SPRediff.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 2019Rediff.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 BengalRediff.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: VijayvargiyaRediff.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: ModiRediff.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 CongressRediff.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 pathRediff.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 leadersRediff.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 WBRediff.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 activistsRediff.com25 Jun 2017
Most of the coded signals and communications were in Nepali and Tibetan languages.
Gurung vows to intensify stir as GTA members quitRediff.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 marchRediff.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 protestRediff.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 electioneeringRediff.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?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 politicsRediff.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 wantsRediff.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 candidateRediff.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: SharmilaRediff.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 pollsRediff.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 CMRediff.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 avatarRediff.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 ModiRediff.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 avatarRediff.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 governmentRediff.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.