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.

Jessop factory fire: FIR against owner Ruia suggests ‘calculated omission’
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

The Ruia Group, however, claimed that the description of Pawan Ruia as the proprietor of the factory wasn’t true.

Elephant found dead on Indo-Nepal migratory route
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

Bengal officials blame fence put up by the Nepal government, say it has led to increased territorial fights.

Clashes in North 24-Parganas: BJP report blames ‘outsider Muslims’, councillor points to ailing economy
Fri, Oct 21, 2016

The state government has claimed that the incident “was not communal” in nature but the result of personal enmity.

Singur verdict: 50 days later, Mamata Banerjee to start returning land today
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

The Supreme Court deadline was a tough one to follow, as left untouched for a decade, snakes and forests had grown in the once arable land.

Communal clashes in North-24 Parganas: Week after, shops reopen; many yet to return home
Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Communal clashes at Hazinagar and Halisahar, which began last Wednesday, had left several people injured.

Communal violence in Bengal: how the (social) media helps trigger incidents
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Vernacular media's alleged "failure" to report these incidents has created a vacuum, which is readily filled by right-wing elements associated with Hindu and Muslim organizations which have - according to police officers - "made things worse".

Homes ransacked in communal violence in Bengal, people flee
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

The trigger was a low-intensity bomb allegedly thrown at a Muharram procession Wednesday, police said.

Four injured in communal clash in Bengal district
Mon, Oct 17, 2016

Tension began on October 12 when a Muharram procession and a group going to immerse a Durga idol crossed paths.

Land ‘unclaimed’ in Singur, Bengal govt smells scam
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is reportedly writing a book about the same, which will be released in the Kolkata Book Fair next year, said officials.

Teesta water pact: Modi-Hasina meet Sunday, Mamata Banerjee ‘not keen’ on treaty
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

A number of Cabinet ministers from Bangladesh reportedly hope the Teesta pact would finally come through as “diplomatic quid-pro-quo”.

Arsenic contamination in water alarming in 100 Kolkata Municipal Corporation wards
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

The arsenic contamination threat in Kolkata has changed alarmingly since 2009, said a study published in the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment journal on September.

After Singur, protests across West Bengal over land acquired years earlier
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Mamata Banerjee had congratulated her party for its continued 'pro-poor' stance.

Murshidabad: Village sabha ‘punishes’ woman for affair, forces husband to shave her head
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Police sources said that the men also threatened the woman and her family with forcible eviction and a boycott if they filed a complaint over the incident.

Calcutta HC lifts Puja curbs, slams Bengal ‘bid to appease minorities’
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

The order further said that Bijoy Dashami is a ritual for “puritan Hindus”, that can’t be “postponed to a day” beyond Bijoy Dashami, or “preponed at the whims” of the state government.

Gods at home
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

In Kolkata, old families skip the throng on the streets to carry forward the tradition of barir pujo.

Kolkata’s piped gas dream hits a hurdle — there is no land
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

The Union government’s oil ministry had drawn up plans to provide piped natural gas in and around Kolkata, requiring an investment of Rs 12,000 crore, which has been earmarked.

Surgical Strikes at LoC: BJP questions Mamata’s silence, TMC says ‘strategic restraint’
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

The leaders of the ruling party in West Bengal, however, termed the party chief’s silence as “strategic restraint”.

Writ petition against state of West Bengal for prohibitory orders on idol immersion during Muharram
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

The petition has been filed on behalf of the ‘Bonedi Bari Puja’, traditional Durga pujas celebrated in the city’s ancient residences.

Park street gangrape: ‘Page 3’ faces, they shunned ATMs, cellphones, travelled sleeper class
Sat, Oct 01, 2016

On February 5, 2012 a gang of men, including Kader, had raped Suzette Jordan at gunpoint.

Supreme Court takes up GTA plea on transfer of administrative power in the hill of West Bengal
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

On September 8, the Supreme Court had agreed to examine GTA’s plea challenging the state government’s refusal to transfer administrative power, in spite the agreement signed in 2011.

Centre rejects proposal for 2 ports, Mamata Banerjee govt sees red
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Ports were to come up in Tajpur and Sagar Island; both sides refuse to relent.

Behind GJM bandh call is Mamta Banerjee’s order to make Kalimpong a separate district
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

GJM insiders and some TMC leaders concurred that bandh called by Morcha chief Bimal Gurung was catalysed by Mamata Banerjee’s announcement of declaring Kalimpong as a separate district.

Why has the demand for Gorkhaland returned to Darjeeling?
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

The demand for a seperate Gorkha state is an issue that since its first origins in the 1970s has dictated politics in the hills.

West Bengal govt claims GTA got Rs 4,095 crore, GJM says funds Rs 1,167 crore short
Mon, Sep 26, 2016

Mamata Banerjee’s remark about the funds had sparked a controversy, with GJM chief Bimal Gurung threatening to a call a strike on September 28 if she does not furnish details regarding the same

In Mamata Banerjee’s promise of funds for Darjeeling hills, key to ‘rebel’ Gurung’s plans
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Urging for “peace in hills”, Mamata assured that funds will keep flowing to the region for various schemes.

Mamata Banerjee showers sops on Kalimpong, Bimal Gurung says it’s ‘land of Gorkhaland lovers’
Fri, Sep 23, 2016

Ahead of CM’s rally, GJM supporters burnt an effigy of TMC leader Arup Biswas, who had demanded that Gurung leave the hills.

CID to probe Dholahat cattle trader’s murder
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Since the incident, tension has prevailed in the area with both communities alleging atrocities.

West Bengal: Taxi unions on warpath against Mocambo after driver denied entry
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

While some have cited the incident as an example of the way in which the city's strong trade unions "harm business interests", the trade unions themselves have argued differently.

Centre yet to sanction Rs 2,000 crore ADB loan to West Bengal
Mon, Sep 19, 2016

The loan is a tri-partite agreement and requires clearance from the screening committee of the department of economic affairs under the Union Finance Ministry.

Kolkata: Taxi drivers demand apology from Mocambo restaurant
Mon, Sep 19, 2016

The long queues have disappeared. Protests and outrage have followed the restaurant’s alleged refusal to serve a taxi driver.

Asian Development Bank loan: 11-month long wait for Centre’s nod, Mamata Banerjee alleges ‘negligence’
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

The loan, said the state government, was approved by the board of ADB almost 11 months ago, after the completion of the first phase in which West Bengal carried out a slew of “people-centric fundamental reforms.

Singur: Mamata Banerjee offers land, but Tata wants her to pay Rs 154-cr compensation
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Singur: The move by the Tatas is reportedly being viewed by the Mamata Banerjee government as a “positive” one, and a step in the “right direction”, said sources.

Dholahat clash: Not communal, more akin to Jihadi terror attack, says BJP
Fri, Sep 16, 2016

The mob had allegedly arrived protesting the mysterious death of a cattle trader. In the clash, a 28-year-old passer-by died.

Singur over, Mamata Banerjee reaches out to Tatas with new land deal
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

State Finance Minister Amit Mitra said an alternative for the Singur land is “ready”.

As Mamata fulfils promise today, question mark over Singur’s future
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

West Bengal government sources maintain that in the “unlikely”, “hypothetical” situation that farmers want industry at Singur, the ruling dispensation will take the issue under consideration.

Mocambo serves a question: Is Kolkata really such a liberal city?
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Clubs that don't allow people in unless 'properly dressed' -- read no sandals, definitely no Indian clothes. Restaurants that turn up their nose when someone doesn't order in Bengali or English.