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.

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.

Government to increase retirement age of college, university teachers: Mamata
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Besides increasing their retirement age, the government would also include teachers in West Bengal Health Scheme so that they and their family members can avail health insurance.

Trinamool leaders in Jharkhand to look into ‘Singur-like situation’
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

The TMC is looking to highlight the protests that have been simmering against land acquisition in the state since 2015 --- four tribals were killed during a protest against land acquisition for NTPC's Pakri-Barwadih project last October.

TMC sets eyes on ‘Singur-like situation’ in BJP’s Jharkhand
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

After Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Banerjee is also looking to expand her campaign against demonetisation to Jharkhand.

Mamata Banerjee reacts sharply to dissolution of BIFR by Centre
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

BIFR and AAIFR were entrusted with the duty of reviving sick industries.

Governor is making the same allegations as the BJP: Mamata Banerjee
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

The relationship between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has been turbulent from the beginning.

Mamata Banerjee asks cops to file FIRs on complaints against BJP leaders
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Police sources said that they will be looking into TMC allegations against “a number of senior BJP leaders” and at the purchase of property in West Bengal by the BJP ahead of the demonetisation announcement.

Mamata Banerjee calls for ‘national government’ minus PM Modi
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

A national government is a coalition government, especially one subordinating party differences to the national interest in a time of crisis.

Calcutta Club Event: Seminar featuring Fatah cancelled, organisers point finger at state govt
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Swadhikar Bangla Foundation had planned the seminar, ‘Sufferings of People of Kashmir and Balochistan and What the World Wants to Know’, at Calcutta Club on January 7.

While PM Modi spoke in Patna, Mamata Banerjee stressed ‘communal harmony’ in Kolkata
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Mamata on Wednesday addressed a gathering of Sikhs in Kolkata and stressed on the intersections of brotherhood, unity and religion.

TMC leaders file FIR against CBI over Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s arrest
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Arrested TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s wife alleged that the CBI had not informed any family member of where her husband would be taken.

West Bengal govt to protest ‘unprecedented’ CRPF presence outside BJP office
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

It claimed that the Centre had overreached even as the situation was under control of the state police.

NTCA gives nod to West Bengal to get three new tigers at Jaldapara National Park
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Since Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve also come under the same landscape, the tigers will be brought from a forest in Assam.

BJP office in Kolkata attacked, Mamata Banerjee warns: We have government too
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Angry over Bandyopadhyay’s arrest, Banerjee hinted that her government too could hit back: “If BJP has a government, so do we.”

Rose Valley: Murky scheme, high-profile arrests
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Sudip Bandyopadhyay’s arrest is a flashpoint in the already hostile relations between the Trinamool Congress and BJP. What is the case against him and his party colleague Tapas Pal?

National anthem in cinemas: ‘Patriotism must come from within. Can you ask an East Bengal fan to cheer for a bad pass?’
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

On Nov 30, in an interim order, the Supreme Court said “all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect” as a part of their “sacred obligation”

Bengal Global Business Summit: Jaitley may give event a miss this time
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Meanwhile, the state government is convinced that the summit, which is the Bengal government’s premiere showcase of investment opportunities in the state, will be a success.

Rose Valley chit fund scam: CBI arrests TMC MP Tapas Paul, Mamata Banerjee says it’s war
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

Summarising Mamata’s instructions to her party, TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien said, “We will fight it out.” He described the arrest as a “witchhunt”.

CRPF deployment : West Bengal to reject Centre’s Rs 250-crore bill
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

On December 23, Banerjee wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh protesting against alleged deployment of CRPF personnel in the state without informing her government.

WB: Its economy crippled by clashes, Dhulagarh picks up the pieces
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

West Bengal government statistics say there are 350 functional units in the Howrah clusters, of which locals estimate about 100 are in Dhulagarh.

Green City Mission: Rs 50 lakh each for all 125 municipalities in West Bengal
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Previously, the state government had created a corpus of Rs 400 crore for the entire project after it opted out of the Centre’s Smart City project, stating that it wasn’t feasible.

Behind mace run, MLA with uncertain future
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Son of former Congress CM Samir Ranjan Barman, Sudip is a former Tripura PCC president and now Trinamool Congress state general secretary.

BJP yet to submit mandatory audit report to EC: TMC
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

The party, which is likely to approach the EC soon, has been for the last few weeks holding meetings, where pre-recorded tapes announce Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s views on demonetisation.

Infosys has taken over Rajarhat plot: TMC
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

The IT giant had originally been offered the land at Rajarhat in 2010 by the then Left Front government as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Mamata urges Rahul to hold Oppn meet to clear air over rift
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

According to a source, Mamata has communicated to Rahul the need for a meeting of opposition parties to counter reports “being spun by BJP of a Congress-Modi understanding after the meeting”.

Musa interrogation: CM Mamata Banerjee ‘livid’ at being left in dark about FBI visit
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

The FBI visited the city last week to question Musa about his alleged Syria-based handler Shafi Armar, alias Yosuf al Hindi, and his alleged plans to harm US interests, said a source.

Howrah: 25 held after communal clash
Sat, Dec 17, 2016

The next day, a Muslim mob allegedly attacked Hindu homes and shops and them ablaze.

Mamata Banerjee meets RBI Governor Urijit Patel, urges him to ‘stand up against demonetisation’
Fri, Dec 16, 2016

Mamata voiced her concern over the “unprecedented misery and suffering” of the common people due to demonetisation in a letter to the RBI Governor.

Demonetisation: TMC leaders protest outside RBI
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

Apex bank Governor Urjit Patel to arrive in city today for board meeting; may meet Mamata

Kolkata: 8 months after collapse, Vivekananda Road flyover to be razed
Mon, Dec 12, 2016

“Experts from IIT-Kharagpur will be consulted to ratify the decision, but it is almost certain that the flyover will be razed. The report has said that building another flyover on the narrow and congested road is not advisable,” said CMO sources.

Behind skipping Nitin Gadkari daughter wedding, Mamata’s worry on keeping Opposition together
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Earlier, sources said the Congress had taken offence to a statement made by a Trinamool leader, articulating the ruling party’s decision to oppose bandhs in the state.