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Sorry Mamata, but Congress-mukt Opposition isn't possible

On its own or with allies the Congress has a strong presence in states that account for a total of 253 Lok Sabha seats, or 20 short of the magic figure of 272 required to form a government at the......

'TMC will emerge as the real Congress'

'The decline of the Congress party and its inability to play the lead role in Opposition politics has created a space for the TMC to expand.' IMAGE: Pavan K Varma with Mamata Banerjee after......

'Physical torture remains the main form of interrogation'

'One police officer told me that trials take forever, conviction rates are low.''So one way to judge states' performance on handling crime is through the 'recovery rate' of their police.''The......

'Mamata is a very good actor'

'Mamata has used minorities only as her vote bank.''In her entire election campaign Mamata did not utter a single sentence against the RSS.' IMAGE: A Trinamool Congress leader seeks West Bengal......

The Gouri Amma I Knew

She was capable of a level of human compassion that is rare today among politicians, recalls Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar, who knew the Communist legend K R Gowri, who passed into the ages on May 11,......

How the Communists killed Bengal's industry

West Bengal's longest serving chief minister Jyoti Basu once told an industrialist that capitalists were class enemies and he should expect no sympathy.Ishita Ayan Dutt tracks the political......

Don't the babus need a phoren summer break?

Codgers on holiday in rising India! Growing foreign travel is one sign of the radical change in rising India’s vacation dynamic. Illustration: Uttam Ghosh/Rediff.com. As scorching......

Budget doesn't have much for the youth

  The Budget won't create the millions of jobs Modi had promised in his election pledge, says Sunanda K Datta-Ray. 'It's clearly a Budget,' said George W Bush when shown a document. 'It's got......

The story of West Bengal's dismal industrial performance

A policy-related problem that urgently needs to be redressed is the ‘miniaturisation’ of projects, notes Ashok K Lahiri. Image: Miniaturisation will not work for industry and......

Bullet trains: Modi's extravagant gift to Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's loyalty to his home state, Gujarat, is admirable but an Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train will not begin to address any of the many problems Indian Railways faces, notes......

How Mithun Dazzled The World

'Mithun has showed Hindi cinema that a tall, dark man with a charming smile and a great physique can take the world on.' The Mithun Chakraborty starrer Disco Dancer (1982) was the first Indian......

'Bipasha and I have to be ambassadors of love'

'We represent love and love represents us.' IMAGE: Karan Singh Grover with Surbhi Jyoti in Qubool Hai 2.0. Karan Singh Grover's popular show Qubool Hai is streaming on ZEE5 in a new avatar. Shot......

Kriti and Varun say bye bye

Nysa turns 18 and her parents Kajol and Ajay Devgn get emotional... Huma promotes her film at midnight...., Photograph: Kind courtesy Varun Dhawan/Instagram Varun Dhawan, who shot for Bhediya with......

Box Office: Munna Michael fails but Lipstick Under My Burkha scores!

The hits and misses of the week. Munna Michael counts on Tiger Shroff's dance and action skills but its 1980s kind of story stands rejected at the box office.  The other release Lipstick Under......

Box Office: Jagga Jasoos opens poorly

The hits and misses of the week. Anurag Basu's Jagga Jasoos saw a poor opening on Friday, but showed improvement over the weekend thanks to children flocking to the theatres. The film dropped on......
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