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.

BJP sets sights on winning Tripura in ’18
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

While a separate state is the prime demand for IPFT, BJP maintained that Barman has a far more “adaptive” view regarding the situation.

Teesta water sharing issue: Mamata ‘unconvinced’, Centre says ‘will consult all’
Mon, Mar 27, 2017

West Bengal blames Centre for not taking steps to build reservoirs.

On the Migrant Express
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

At the start of the journey, many had looked around in wonder at the near empty train. Now, they sit stoic, squeezing in to accommodate more people. Isn’t this how trains for the poor always are, after all?

Bengal land agitation: Two more Red Star members held
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

The police arrested Sankar Das, a CPI(ML) Red Star central committee member and Kaushal Debnath, who is the convener of the Bhangar Solidarity Committee.

Assembly elections in five states: CM Mamata Banerjee congratulates winners, tells losers not to lose heart
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Mamata had initially promised to support SP in UP and AAP in Punjab; but she withdrew.

TMC on Mamata’s ‘silence’ against Modi: It’s strategy
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

The Opposition, particularly the Congress and Left, have alleged this is yet another indication that Mamata secretly supports the rise of right-wing politics in the state.

Man arrested, blockade resumes in Bhangar
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

On Sunday, the police carried out a massive search operation in the village and allegedly harassed a number of residents.

Journey of a mother, an orphan who lost their kids to child racket
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

The Jalpaiguri Child Welfare Commission came to know about these cases when the new CWC took charge in August, 2015.

Jalpaiguri child trafficking: Officer awarded by Bengal govt among two arrested
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

Darjeeling child protection officer’s wife detained, likely to be arrested.

Jalpaiguri child trafficking: Father, daughter and the party
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

While one section of West Bengal BJP says Juhi Chowdhury is innocent, or at least gullible, others maintain the party should have been more “stringent” in its selection process.

Jalpaiguri child trafficking: Juhi Chowdhury hoped to get CARA officials on board to help Chandana Chakraborty, says CID
Sat, Mar 04, 2017

The agency said that data from Juhi’s phone also confirmed that the money found in Chandana’s bank account was sent “by Juhi through the bank accounts of her relatives.”

In allegations of child trafficking, a tangle for BJP in West Bengal
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

An ex-officebearer has been arrested, and while party is crying vendetta, fissures are visible within .

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.