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.

Six attacks in 11 days: Forest dept terms elephant ‘killer’, orders ‘extermination’
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

A migrating herd of 72 wild elephants from the Dalma have entered the Bankura forests in the past few months and split into two groups, officials informed.

Oppn slams TMC govt: Cops pick up man for FB comment on ‘local leader’
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

Soon after, the police picked up Pashi and made him execute a bond, prompting the opposition leaders to target the ruling TMC.

Juveniles, destitutes dribble ‘for 90 minutes of freedom’
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

For this group of boys at Dhurbashram Observational Home for Juveniles in Conflict with Law (JCL), the match wasn’t about winning or losing, but about being free.

Sunday story: The Cattlelines
Sun, Jan 24, 2016

With the Centre cracking down on cattle smuggling on the India-Bangladesh border, the BSF has its hands full — counting and photographing every cow and bull that crosses over, writes Aniruddha Ghosal.

At Bengal summit, Kejriwal invites corporates to invest in Delhi
Sat, Jan 09, 2016

Praising West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Kejriwal said she had been an “inspiration” during his days of political activism. He also cited the success of the odd-even scheme to counter the BJP’s claims that his government couldn’t govern.

Bengal Global Business Summit: Mamata Banerjee woos industry, Jaitley promises support
Sat, Jan 09, 2016

Speaking at the inaugural session of the Bengal Global Business Summit in Kolkata, Mamata said, “Elections will continue and our government will continue. Don’t worry about that. There’s no time to waste.”

With India’s last red kangaroo dying in captivity, Kolkata zoo shuts door on exotic species
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

Experts in the state zoo committee had gone so far as to advise Alipore zoo to cover the kangaroo enclosure to shield Joey from stress.

Polls ahead: Mamata seeks to ‘end dispute’ with Ratan Tata
Sun, Jan 03, 2016

A source close to the government told The Sunday Express that an “unofficial emissary” has been roped in to kick-start the dialogue process between the Tata Group and the CM.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina keen on Teesta pact, Tripura Gov tells Sushma Swaraj
Fri, Jan 01, 2016

The Teesta water-sharing deal was set to be signed in September 2011 during the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Bangladesh.

4 rath yatras, call for ‘paritran’ to kick off BJP campaign
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

The design of the raths and the slogans for the yatras are yet to be decided, but the call for ‘patritran’ has emerged as a favourite.

CPM to open Plenum to media
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Confirming this, politburo member Mohammad Salim said, “For the first time in the party’s history, we will be opening the Plenum to the media. This will allow the masses to view what the Plenum is about.”

2016 Bengal polls: Electoral politics will be discussed only after plenum, says Sitaram Yechury
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Yechury said, the focus of the party’s plenum — which began in Kolkata on Sunday — would be to strengthen CPM’s position as a force opposed to social oppression and not just economic exploitation.

Eye on 2016 polls: Congress prefers TMC over CPM, state leadership against it
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

The CPM, desperate to dislodge the Trinamool, has off late been hinting about its desire to have an alliance with the Congress.

Questions of electoral politics will be discussed in the New Year: Sitaram Yechury
Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Yechury said, the focus of the party’s Plenum — which began in Kolkata on Sunday — would be to strengthen CPM’s position as a force opposed to social oppression and not just economic exploitation.

CPI-M plenum: Checking communal forces top agenda
Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Faced with a continuous decay in relevance, many in the party aren't opposed to the possibility of an alliance with the Congress

Moving 2016: Neighbourhood
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

2015 was the year of migrants. To mark 2016, The Sunday Express tracks 16 people who moved home in 2015, some of them in public glare, some just a footnote in India’s internal migrants story, to begin new lives.

‘The first thing I packed was my red Benarasi wedding sari’
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

The Land Boundary Agreement resulted in an exchange of Indian enclaves in Bangladesh with Bangladesh enclaves in India, and a transfer of populations.

Kolkata plenum from tomorrow: CPM looks to be flexible in forging electoral alliances
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

The draft review report — published in December in The Marxist, the party’s theoretical quarterly — added the CPM should also be open to “flexible tactics” with respect to the possibility of “swift changes in the political situation”.

Exchange of enclaves: 11 families decide to stay back in Bangladesh
Sat, Dec 26, 2015

While the district administration maintained it didn’t know the reason behind the decision, sources claimed inadequate facilities and issues related to the land they owned in Bangladesh made the residents change their mind.

Born without an identity, month-old girl now a celebrity at Cooch Behar camps
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

Bharati, named after the country that has become her new home now — on paper, too — was forced to take upon an arduous journey with her parents on the day she was born, November 22, in Bangladesh.

95 yrs later, woman becomes citizen of the country she was born in
Sat, Dec 19, 2015

Amartya Burman is one of the thousands who had decided to move to India’s Cooch Behar district from her former home at Rangpur in Bangladesh as part of the Land Boundary Agreement signed between the two nations.

Exchange of enclaves: 95-year-old finally finds a home she can call her own
Sat, Dec 19, 2015

Now, she spends most her days indoors, seated on a mattress on the floor.

Indo-Bangla land swap: The New Indians
Sun, Dec 06, 2015

In “resettlement” camps, where they are scheduled to stay for at least the next two years, 980 people who have opted for India and Indian citizenship are finding their way towards both.

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
Fri, Dec 25, 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.