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.

Apollo patient death: Not satisfied, Mamata Banerjee asks health dept to probe again
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Government mulling registering criminal charges.

Broken Chariots
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Peugeot drives away with Ambassador, leaves behind a ghost township.

New chapter on Singur movement: Class VIII history textbook focuses on TMC role, omits key players from Oppn
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

It says, “It was Mamata Banerjee who started the Singur movement by sowing paddy seeds.”

In small Naxal group’s land stir, Mamata Banerjee’s big headache
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

2 people have been killed in firing, and police can’t enter a village where a key protester against land acquisition is holed up. The Indian Express explains the standoff at Bhangar, where some are hearing echoes of Singur and Nandigram.

Jadavpur University: Had demanded an apology; was offered his explanation instead, says ‘molestation victim’
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

“I don’t understand where the entire allegation that I am a Brahmin comes from. My parents both belong to OBC families, but if I talk about that, then I am sure my parents will be asked to show their caste certificate”, The ‘Victim’

Chandraketugarh: The City That Never Was
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

What connects Bengal and the Indus Valley Civilisation? A 2,500-year-old archaeological site, suffering from neglect might have the answer.

Accused of molestation, Jadavpur University student goes ‘missing’
Sat, Feb 18, 2017

The issue that started as an alleged case of molestation has now spiralled into a caste issue, while exposing faultlines between Leftist student outfits.

Near Tipu Sultan mosque, shopkeepers protest Barkati’s ‘controversial’ statements
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Protests against Barkati aren’t new, but rarely has the Muslim community collectively raised their voice against the controversial leader.

Bhangar: Won’t take responsibility for those helping Naxals, says Kolkata Mayor
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Bhangar has remained tense since January 17 when protests against land acquisition for a power sub-station turned violent.

West Bengal: On cards — disability, sexuality, adoption in school textbooks
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Government officials explained that each of these topics is relevant in the state’s socio-economic and cultural context

West Bengal budget 2017-18: State bets big on tourism
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Compared to 2016-17, when the department received `295 crore, the allocation has increased only by 13 per cent.

West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra walks tightrope — high debt haunts ‘humane govt’
Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Mitra said tax collection had also increased by 103 per cent during the same period

Village bans sale, consumption of liquor, wants to be ‘emulated’
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

The decision, was taken by a committee of 80 people formed by the village after six people died of consuming liquor in Burdwan last month.

‘Can’t work if team breaks down’: A-G, Additional A-G submit resignations to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

If accepted, A-G Mitra will be the third to step down from the office since the Trinamool Congress (TMC) assumed power in 2011.

Noida couple arrested for trafficking
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

The arrested exposed the larger nexus of a trafficking route, where girls from the north-east would be abducted to be sold in the National Capital Region.

Spurred by Bhangar, focus on other land issues
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

Now, protesters are demanding an industrial project on the plot as was the original idea, so that it would generate employment for locals.

TMC’s no show in Parliament on Budget day: Mamata Banerjee uses the goddess of learning against Modi
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

A notice posted by TMC on Facebook claimed that Trinamool MPs will not be present in Parliament on the first two days of the Budget Session in protest against Demonetisation.

Kolkata: SFI wins Jadavpur University polls, TMC outfit loses
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Significantly, Trinamool Chhatra Parishad (TMCP), backed by the ruling party, lost all the five office-bearers’ post.

Eye on national politics, CM Mamata Banerjee not to campaign in Punjab
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Trinamool insiders said the party aims to achieve 'relative success' - to sow the seeds for a more prominent role in the future and ensure they got enough votes to play 'kingmaker'.

Bhangar violence: Cops sent packing after residents threaten to reimpose blockade
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Sources said rising political support for CPI-ML has the government worried.

TMC takes first steps into Bhangar with peace rally
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

The peace rally was held a week after the violence is a sign of the erosion of trust that Mamata seeks to counter, a party leader admitted.

‘Outsiders’ rumour: 75-year-old NRI, disabled daughter assaulted
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

On getting information about the incident, officials from Balagarh police station reached the spot and rescued the women.

Arrest warrant against Bengal BJP leader
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

Kolkata Police had earlier arrested BJP’s bengal unit vice-president Jayprakash Majumdar for alleged fraud and cheating.

Bhangar violence: ‘PGCIL notification, arrests, false promises ‘unleashed discontent’
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

“Senior TMC leaders used language that can’t be repeated and people got even more angry. We told them that in response, we would hold a meeting on December 28 for the people”, a villager said.

Presidency University bicentenary: Independent thinking, free expression in varsities under threat, says Manmohan Singh
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Pointing to the rise of neo-nationalist tendencies across the world, Singh said that the “extremely dangerous” tendencies responded to “populism and directing hatred against backward classes and minorities”.

Presidency University bicentenary celebrations: Independent thinking in varsities under threat, says Manmohan Singh
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

In such a situation, “We must protect India from this trend and universities have a vital role in this regard.”

At Bhangar, all parties welcome, except TMC
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

This comes on a day when the bodies of Mofijul Khan and Allam Molah, the two villagers killed in the violence, were buried in Bhangar.

Bhangar violence: 2 deaths, 1 question, who fired the bullets?
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

The main road that cuts across the village is littered with tear gas shells, discarded police uniforms, shattered window panes and a patch of dried blood.

Behind Bhangar unrest: Ultra-Left outfit, intel failure, TMC turf war
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

As they scrambled to restore order, authorities have stitched together what suggests failure on several counts.

West Bengal: Its numbers dwindling, Hilsa may get legal protection
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Experts predict that saving 1 per cent of these juveniles (weighing less than 500gms) could enhance production by 4000 tonnes per year.

West Bengal: Four dead, no word from govt in Bankura mine collapse
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Sources said successive state governments have turned a blind eye to illegal mining in Mejhia, which is part of a coalfield spread over four districts of West Bengal.

Arun Jaitley ‘accepts’ Mamata Banerjee’s invite to West Bengal business summit, state BJP peeved
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee clashed with BJP on several occasions at the helm of the anti-demonetisation campaign.

Women would be respected if they wear veil: Maulauna Noor-ur Rahman Barkati
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

“If they (women) are sexy, then they will attract more eyes and will be victims of men’s hawaz," the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque in Kolkata.

Mannan attacks Mamata, says TMC struck deal with Modi
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

West Bengal Opposition leader from the Congress Abdul Mannan on Sunday continued his attack against CM Mamata Banerjee saying the people would not tolerate it if the Centre allowed her to go scot-free in alleged corruption cases.

Resident of 3 countries, one of India’s oldest first-time voters, dies
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

After moving from Bangladeshi enclave, he was at peace with Indian citizenship but ‘a little disillusioned’ by state government neglect, say relatives.

Abdul Mannan, breaks from party line, says: ‘If Modi saves Mamata again, Bengal will not tolerate’
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Mannan's statement stands in direct opposition to the Congress high command's position in the matter.