Aniruddha Ghosal



Aniruddha Ghosal is a principal correspondent with the Indian Express. He writes on politics, environment and security. He is an alumnus of the University of Sussex.

Crossover of enclave dwellers: At border fence, homecoming for some, longing for thousands
Fri, Nov 27, 2015

The crowd only started thinning after the light began to fade. Specific requests were made, promises exchanged as people drew themselves away painfully, many promising to return the next day.

After 5-month ban, HIV+ boy returns to school
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

On Monday, as he passed by the familiar sights, only a single cameraman betrayed the traumatic events of the past few months.

Want House to function, will raise intolerance issue: TMC
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said while the party is against any ‘disruption in the House’, the state ‘needed a platform’ to voice its concerns

As families from Bangla enclaves arrive, Bengal looks to Centre for promised funds
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

67 persons have arrived in Cooch Behar so far, more to come by Nov 30.

School bans HIV-positive kid, forces his grandmother teacher to take ‘purity’ test
Fri, Nov 20, 2015

The boy’s maternal grandmother, who teaches Bangla in the same school, was forced to take an HIV test to prove her “purity” and has since then been a target of repeated verbal abuse.

CM’s three letters to PM: From Mamata to Modi, on funds for Central schemes
Tue, Nov 17, 2015

Between April and August, Banerjee has written three letters to PM Modi, stressing on the manner in which alteration to the funding pattern of CSS had led to “financial and social development disaster”.

Call of the wild: A tale of three gibbons
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

The old jungle saying in Arunachal Pradesh was: thou shalt not slay a Hoolock Gibbon. But the primates are now easy prey in low-lying areas of the state. A family of three gibbons finds itself in the cross hairs. Will they be able to make it to safety?

Sonia’s Diwali SMS to Mamata triggers question: Alliance overture or Parliament strategy?
Fri, Nov 13, 2015

Meanwhile, according to another school of thought, Sonia’s message comes at a time when Trinamool’s role in Rajya Sabha has become key.

Sonia’s Diwali message to Mamata: Trinamool Congress key in Rajya Sabha game
Thu, Nov 12, 2015

There's more to Congress president Sonia Gandhi's Diwali message to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, specially at a time when the Congress is courting the Left.

Trinamool biggies throng Mamata Banerjee’s annual Kali puja in Kolkata
Wed, Nov 11, 2015

The midnight blue of the Goddess Kali mingled with the blue-and-white of the Trinamool Congress — shimmering blue lights, a blue gate, blue curtains and a blue pandal.

2016 Assembly polls: To form an ‘effective team’, Mamata plans major shake-up in bureaucracy, police team
Sat, Oct 31, 2015

Officials said that ahead of the election, the Mamata Banerjee government was exploring ways to create the most “effective team”.

Mamata Banerjee wants Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to go before state polls
Wed, Oct 28, 2015

The concern was also communicated by Banerjee to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during her trip to Delhi in September...

2016 Assembly polls : To pedal to power, CM Mamata Banerjee adopts Nitish’s cycle scheme
Mon, Oct 26, 2015

TMC leaders said that Mamata’s ambitious plan is very similar to that of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Mukhyamantri Balak and Balika Cycle Yojana which he had launched in 2010.

With farmers’ body, CPM hopes to become a mass party again
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

“On November 23 and 24, days of the traditional harvest, our party workers will be with the farmers and that will be the beginning of our revolution,” said a source.

Come December, CPM to hold its first plenum since 1978
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

Focus on revitalizing workers, many of whom are ‘semi-active or inactive’.

Look at idol of Goddess Durga, many identities co-exist: President Pranab Mukherjee
Thu, Oct 22, 2015

This combination of “asangatir shakti” (disparate forces), he said, “means that society has to admit to itself the reality of living together.”

West Bengal Governor launches 13th Fast Patrol Vessel
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

At present, the ICG fleet has 116 surface platforms and 62 air assets.

WB Guv sees political considerations behind returning of Sahitya Akademi awards
Fri, Oct 16, 2015

"Why did they not return the sammans when Nirbhaya incident had happened in Delhi and when Muzaffarnagar incident happened in UP?" said Keshari Nath Tripathi.

CPM poll agent’s body found on tracks in Kolkata, father says police forced him to term it as ‘accident’
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

The father-son duo had gone to Durganagar, a Kolkata suburb, where they were building a house.

Chappa vote, violence, booth jams — Saturday in a nutshell
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

Voters began turning up at different booths early in the morning. But within a few hours, the tension was palpable.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections: In the boomtown, ‘syndicates’ hold key to pole position — Opp give edge to TMC
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Mamata had made this statement at a time when the Opposition had been alleging that there were links between senior Trinamool leaders in Rajarhat and the syndicate.

West Bengal govt plans to enroll transgenders in civic police volunteer force
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

The West Bengal government has requested the Kolkata Police to recruit transgenders in the Civic Police Volunteer Force (CPVC) to end the “stigma” and “discrimination” against the community.

Hawala crackdown: Probe into Dawood link yields 1,200 bank accounts, Middle East numbers
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

Investigators have discovered that around 1,200 bank accounts were being used to move money.

From rickshaw puller to transgender, 17-year-old girl captures essence of Kolkata in a short film
Mon, Sep 28, 2015

Mahima Varma, 17, student of Kolkata's Loreto House used her mobile phone to take around 3000 pictures and videos that later she made into a 10-minute short film.

To escape gangrape, 25-yr-old jumps off train with baby, husband in Bengal
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

A senior doctor at the Alipurduar Railway Hospital said that both the baby girl and her father (32) suffered fractures in their skulls, while the woman escaped with minor injuries.

Mamata Banerjee likely to back former India captain Sourav Ganguly for CAB president post
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

Sourav Ganguly, former India skipper, favourite to succeed Jagmohan Dalmiya whose son Abhishek too meets Mamata Banerjee.

To do away with ‘scientific rigging’, Election Commission introduces strict norms in West Bengal
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Sources said the EC had mandated a number of check lists and multiple visits to sensitive areas for the three observers. They will also act as training observers to block-level officers.

Secret letter claims Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose may have married a second time
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

The files also contain numerous letters from his first wife Emilie Schenkl while referring repeatedly about their daughter Anit, who Netaji saw only once, when she was four years old.

Netaji files talk of ‘public enthusiasm dying’ for INA after ‘plane crash’
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

The Netaji files talkj about problems like collecting funds for INA and the eventual decline in people’s interest for the army, while reiterating that the matter was of utmost importance.

Netaji Files: In 1969, West Bengal probed if Subhas Chandra Bose missed the flight
Mon, Sep 21, 2015

An official, involved with the process of declassifying the documents, said, “It seems that the Indian government wasn’t convinced of Netaji’s death and was probing all conspiracy theories.”

Netaji files reveal snooping on Subhas Chandra Bose’s family, doubts over death
Sat, Sep 19, 2015

The files also comprise various newspaper reports — mostly in English and Bengali — on the political activities of the family.

Emilie kept in touch with Netaji’s family even after disappearance
Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Bose had also left a letter addressed to his brother and asked Emilie to take photographs of the same and send copies to (Sarat Chandra Bose) if anything happened to him.

Netaji files show family was under observation, intercepted communication hinted at sightings
Sat, Sep 19, 2015

In a letter written by Dr Lilly Abegg to Netaji's brother, Sarat Chandra Bose on December 9, 1949, intercepted at the Elgin Road Post Office, she writes, "I heard in 1946 from Japanese sources that your brother is still living."

BJP steps up ‘action against cattle smuggling’ before Eid
Fri, Sep 18, 2015

The party’s Cow Development Cell (CDC) claimed that they have been instrumental in “interception” and “arrests” in 5,000 cases of cow slaughter in the past 5 years.

Ban cow slaughter, beer during Puja: Hindu Samhati to Mamata
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

The letter, signed by the organisation’s secretary Debtanu Bhattacharya, also claimed that Hindus have “cooperated” with Muslims in the past during festivities.

Netaji files: Documents suggest US, UK believed Subhas Chandra Bose was alive in 1949
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

The documents purportedly suggest that in 1948-49, British and American intelligence agencies believed that Bose was alive and instrumental in a number of communist uprisings in Southeast Asia.