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.

Congress hopes its 15 years in power enough
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Attacking the AAP and the BJP, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said, “Neither the BJP at the Centre, nor the three corporations, nor the Delhi government has done any work here during the past year. Only the Congress has done work here in the past 15 years.”

Blasts in Darjeeling hills upset mood for talks
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

After Home Minister Rajnath Singh met leaders of the Gorkhaland statehood movement on August 12, the ministry has been urging the West Bengal government to initiate a dialogue with them.

For prompt action, Delhi government to set up three new juvenile justice boards
Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Following directions from the Juvenile Justice Committee, the department has “proposed to set up three more JJBs for different districts of Delhi. Presently, Delhi has three JJBs, two at Sewa Kutir Complex and the other at Prayas.

Run-up to Bypoll: As BJP intensifies Bawana campaign, Delhi unit president Manoj Tiwari ‘attacked’
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Reacting to the attack on Tiwari, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “The Delhi Police comes under the BJP-led Centre and should immediately investigate the attack.”

Acid attack draft rules delayed, CM Arvind Kejriwal orders probe
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

As per a Supreme Court order in 2013, the Draft Delhi Poison Possession and State Sales Rules for regulating the sale of acid were submitted to the L-G on April 13, 2015, and were also “advertised for seeking objections, etc, for publication after 45 days”, said Satyendar Jain’s file noting.

AAP, Cong say Gorakhpur children deaths will change narrative in poll-bound Bawana
Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Conversations in Bawana now revolve around the deaths of over a 100 children in Gorakhpur. Anil Sharma, a resident of Bawana and a BJP supporter, explained, “The area has a lot of people who are from eastern UP, and this is something they feel strongly about.”

Delhi Government asks Durga puja panels to immerse all idols at one place
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

"If the immersion takes place at one particular spot, then not only will the problem be contained, it can also be countered more effectively”, said a government official.

Mamata Banerjee interview: This is a govt of agencies, by agencies, for agencies. People are scared…scare politics won’t be a success
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Hoping to stitch an Opposition alliance in the run-up to 2019, Mamata Banerjee speaks on the exit of Nitish Kumar, her willingness to work with rivals Congress and Left, her fight against the BJP, Darjeeling agitation, the challenges she faces.

Safdarjung Enclave restaurant accuses BJP councillor, husband of extortion
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

The complaint mentions “two separate incidents” wherein BJP councillor from the Safdarjung Enclave ward, Radhika Abrol Fogat, and her husband, Ashish Fogat, allegedly visited the “commercial premises and the restaurants with officials from the MCD".

2019 in mind, Mamata Banerjee calls for united Opposition, says she can work with Congress, CPM too
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

Mamata Banerjee said that all willing regional parties should be taken into confidence and underlined the need for a structured mechanism for coordination among this “grand alliance” of opposition parties.

Mamata and Opposition unity: Why Congress is important to her game plan
Fri, Aug 11, 2017

Key to Mamata Banerjee's plans of bringing the Opposition together will be the Congress. A source close to Mamata said: "It would be politically foolish to alienate them. A good Congress performance will serve the opposition's best interest.”

Mahagun domestic help case: At worker colony, fear and a daily fight for survival
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Since the arrests, no one from the settlement has gone to work at Mahagun Moderne, while other societies have also fired some domestic helps citing “security reasons”.

Case filed by Mahagun domestic help closed, cops say no evidence
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

The investigation, however, is continuing in three separate FIRs filed by Zohra’s employers and residents of Mahagun Moderne society on charges of “rioting”, “damaging property” and “attempt to murder”.

Contractor was not doing his job for charity, who asked him to do it, Kejriwal asks DJB chief
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Issuing directions to the DJB CEO to submit an interim report within 48 hours, Kejriwal reiterated that with two such cases taking place in the space of a month, there was a need to set “exemplary punishment for guilty people”.

Delhi Assembly: On Day 1, war erupts over House panels
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Earlier, the Additional Solicitor General had reportedly recommended — after the Home ministry and the Delhi L-G sought his legal opinion — that these committees were trying to “usurp” executive or judicial functioning.

Hardlook: Battleground Bawana
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Ahead of the August 23 bypoll in the reserved constituency, home to over three lakh voters, The Indian Express follows the campaign of the BJP, AAP and the Congress to understand why the contest holds great significance for each party.

TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay set to come out with book on his 136 days in jail
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

The MP had been arrested on January 3 by the CBI in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund case, and lodged in Bhubaneswar Jail.

BSP, dalit activists protest: Railways removes posters of B R Ambedkar picking up trash
Sat, Aug 05, 2017

Railway authorities, meanwhile, pinned the blame on Panda and his year-old organisation, accusing him of “unauthorisedly” putting up posters “with icons”.

Pollution board had said DJB projects under scanner were ‘not necessary’
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

A DJB source said: The CPCB report didn’t measure the flow in the STPs and was not signed by an IIT prof

Rajya Sabha Election: ‘Mamata Banerjee offered support for Ahmed Patel, Rahul Gandhi said no’
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

Three seats are up for grabs from Gujarat in Rajya Sabha polls on August 8. While BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani are expected to win two, Congress has fielded Ahmed Patel, who is in contention for a fifth term in Upper House.

MLA probing Jal Board projects steps down from Delhi Assembly committee
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

A source in the Delhi Assembly confirmed that “Mohaniya recused himself as the chairperson, and the speaker of the Delhi Assembly, Ram Niwas Goel, appointed Bhardwaj in his place”.

Mamata Banerjee likely to attend Lalu Prasad Yadav’s ‘BJP bhagao’ rally
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

The rally was announced after Income Tax department conducted raids at 22 places in Delhi in connection with alleged ‘benami property’ case involving Lalu and his family. She had said that she would attend the rally along with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.

Nithari killings: Only second time Pandher is convicted
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

In the first case, a CBI court at Ghaziabad in 2009 had similarly given both the accused the death penalty. However, after an appeal, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Pandher for lack of evidence while upholding Koli's punishment for lack of evidence.

Jal Board denies allegations: Assembly panel asks DJB questions on funds and land
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

The Committee on Estimates has found that the tenders had been awarded without two “essential” requirements

Objectives of military conflict: Nehru, through his spymaster
Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Six years on, India would find itself fighting an ultimately disastrous war with China in which no clear objective was served, but which continues to cast a long shadow over bilateral relations.

Alleged irregularities under scanner: DJB V-C who gave nod to projects now probes them
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The mandate of the Committee on Estimates, chaired by Dinesh Mohaniya, is to examine the details and technical aspects of the estimates of various departments for better financial control of the House over the expenditure by the Executive.

From salaries to buildings: Govt set to cut funding to 28 DU colleges
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia has directed the Director (Higher Education) on Tuesday to communicate to the university that “all funds from the Government of NCT of Delhi shall be stopped if the governing bodies are not constituted by July 31, 2017

WB CM Mamata Banerjee calls Mahagun row ‘unfortunate’
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

“I have asked TMC MPs to look into the matter. While I don’t know the exact details, the way in which people from Bengal are being treated by the BJP administration in UP is unfortunate and against Indian ethos," Mamata Banerjee said

Hills unrest: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee too raises China ‘meddling’
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

In her letter to Rajnath Singh, CM Mamata Banerjee noted “the strategic importance” of the area known as ‘Chicken Neck’ in West Bengal, which is a narrow stretch of land that connects India’s northeastern states to the rest of India.

Noida Violence: Worlds under ivory tower
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

At the centre of the controversy was 26-year-old Zohra Bibi, who had ‘disappeared’ after being accused of stealing money by her employers. When she re-emerged on Wednesday, Bibi alleged she had been beaten and kept captive — a charge denied by her employers.

Simmering for a year
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Almost all of these incidents had two specific triggers — a derogatory post on social media and secondly, attacks or challenges on religious processions.

Panel probing ‘irregularities’ in DJB, agency denies charge
Sat, Jul 15, 2017

The allegation that the DJB doesn’t have the documents is not true and the charges are fabricated for political gain. The DJB has been asked for specific information, which will be furnished, said a DJB source.

At Home: How does Pranab Mukherjee, a seven-time parliamentarian, fit into Rashtrapati Bhavan?
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

How does a seven-time parliamentarian fit into the President’s House? The Indian Express on how Pranab Mukherjee, the outgoing 13th President of India, has settled those questions as he leaves the Rashtrapati Bhavan more aware of its place in the present and past

Report says fraud in 200 SC/ST scholarship applications delayed over 29,000 others
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

The result was an anti-corruption branch investigation that eventually led to a delay of “a year-and-a-half” to disburse funds for 29,395 applicants, the Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) report has revealed.

Day after Express report: 5 lakh SC/ST scholarships disbursed, 2 lakh to go, says government
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Meanwhile, 55,000 scholarships for minorities, which were to be borne by the central government, will now be sponsored by the Delhi government.”

Trouble in Tripura Trinamool unit: All MLAs likely to join BJP this month
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Five of them have said they’ll support NDA’s candidate in Presidential polls. While this means that BJP will have a presence in Tripura for the first time, ahead of the 2018 Assembly polls, party leaders said BJP has also decided to “learn from its mistakes in Bengal”.