Esha Roy


All that matters in Nandigram: 2007
Tue, May 03, 2016

‘There may come a time for another party but never CPM... as far as we are concerned, they’re finished’.

West Bengal elections: ‘Garden Reach is not mini-Pak, we hate being called that’
Mon, May 02, 2016

Garden Reach is famous for a number of completely disparate reasons. For being the last residence of the erstwhile king of Awadh, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.

Nandigram rally: From her turf, Mamata Banerjee warns, dares EC, police
Mon, May 02, 2016

At the rally near Nandigram, Banerjee said that the BJP would get at least five seats in this elections, her first such admission.

West Bengal elections 2016: ‘From very beginning, this area is known as doosra Pakistan… we resent it’
Sun, May 01, 2016

WITHIN A 10-sq km area and among a population of 15 lakh, more than 10 lakh residents in Kolkata’s Garden Reach are Muslims. With only sporadic pockets in this vast Kolkata Port area on the banks of river Hooghly inhabited by Hindus, the area, locals claim, has always been known as ‘doosra Pakistan’. On Saturday, […]

West Bengal: Buddhadeb’s Jadavpur, the prize Left is so keen to wrest back
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

The fact that the Left has represented the assembly constituency longer — 44 years as against 17 years in the Lok Sabha — makes the current contest intense as ever

West Bengal: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Rahul Gandhi chorus victory chant
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

In the crowd were 12 members of a family of Congress supporters, including cousins Farzana Tabassum, 27, and Amrani Khatoon, 20.

West Bengal: BJP’s Roopa Ganguly flexes her muscle, Shukla lodges complaint
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Ganguly was in confrontation all day; her Trinamool Congress opponent in Howrah North, cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla, lodged a complaint against her for allegedly threatening the presiding officers of polling booths.

West Bengal elections: Dhoti and kurta are Amit Mitra’s trademark, water and roads his election plank
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Finance minister Amit Mitra takes on predecessor Asim Dasgupta.

Baishali Dalmiya from Bally: An unexpected entrant’s foray into politics begins today
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Former BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya’s daughter, the 47-year-old single mother will represent the Trinamool Congress from Bally, which will go to polls on Monday. In all, there are 1.4 lakh voters in Bally, which saw a turnout of 73.78 per cent in the 2011 Assembly polls.

On the ground in West Bengal, bitter foes try to be friends
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

The Congress has fielded candidates for five of the 16 assembly seats in Howrah, while the CPI(M) is contesting the remaining seats.

Corruption grafts its way to poll centre stage in West Bengal
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Fierce rebuttals to veiled admission — signals from the ground force change in the Trinamool narrative

Where flyover crumbled in Kolkata, some reasons to vote and some not to
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Twenty-one days after the flyover collapses, the debris are still being cleared.

From village cut off for 7 years, voters chorus ‘NOTA’
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

The villagers’ ire is rooted in being isolated from the rest of the district for seven years.

In house of man who started Gorkhaland stir, a family united by 3 political parties
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

The first ever party formed to fight for a separate state of Gorkhaland (ABGL was formed in 1943 by Damber Singh Gurung) no longer features on Darjeeling’s political map.

Brewing in closed tea gardens, anger against TMC, Left revival
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

President of the Panighatta Trade Union, Hiran Lohar, says that in one week in September last year, as many as six people died at the tea garden.

In Chettri’s armour — jan andolan
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Kalimpong in for ‘toughest fight’ — between Chettri and GJM’s Sarita Rai.

Gurung pins hopes on Gorkhaland, BJP on Gurung
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Over the past year and a half, relations have soured between Gurung and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Whichever the party, all politics in Malda is still about only one family
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Brothers, nieces and nephew carry on Ghani Khan’s legacy as MPs and candidates of Congress and TMC

Issues in WB polls: It’s TMC and BJP’s development card vs the Left’s corruption charges
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

This list is followed by statements saying that this is work in progress -- only if they are voted in will these schemes continue and/or be completed.

West Bengal elections: In Ayodhya Hills, former Maoist campaigns for TMC
Mon, Apr 04, 2016

Ayodhya Hills had became infamous for being the epicentre of Bengal’s Maoist activities.

West Bengal: In district where half the newly-wed girls are minors, one scheme helps them stay in school
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

Kanyashree Scheme offers every girl an annual amount of Rs 500 and another Rs 25,000 upon successfully completing the higher secondary with at least 85 per cent attendance. But she must remain unmarried.

Modi in West Bengal, 2014 & 2016: then sweet as ‘sandesh’, now stings Mamata
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Now Prime Minister, Modi’s speech at Kharagpur was sharper, more intelligent and more focused.

Mamata Banerjee tells Jangalmahal what she did that Left Front and BJP didn’t
Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Mamata said the people of Bengal will never let the CPM or the Congress return, nor let the BJP enter. “We don’t need an alliance.”

Narendra Modi takes on Didi: What parivartan?
Mon, Mar 28, 2016

Prime Minister took on the Mamata government and talked of the Saradha-Narada episodes, arms factories and violence.

As elections approach, West Bengal ‘gangs’ prepare their popular political weapons: Bombs & bullets
Tue, Mar 22, 2016

“It is our job to make sure we get as many votes as possible and that voters of other parties don’t get out (on polling day),” he said.

Meet this independent example of Cong-CPM bonding in Bengal
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

In Ghani Khan’s Malda, independent candidate Nihar Ghosh is supported by Left Front and unchallenged by Congress as he takes on Trinamool minister

Mamata Banerjee begins campaign from Congress bastion, targets its ties with Left
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

Malda represents Mamata’s toughest battleground in the six-phase Assembly elections slated to begin on April 4.

Bengal polls: Left Front’s first list has 116 candidates
Fri, Mar 18, 2016

There are 69 new candidates, 16 women candidates and 25 minority candidates in the first list.

Over half of West Bengal Muslims do not have a job
Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Unemployed population more in urban than rural areas.

Living reality of Muslims in Bengal: More girls go to school, college ‘out of question’ for both gender
Mon, Feb 22, 2016

Girls, at least till the primary level, are not only pushed by their families into studying but have done better than their male counterparts.

Facebook blocked me after I posted songs on JNU row, Afzal hanging: ex-TMC MP Kabir Suman
Sat, Feb 20, 2016

Barely six months ago, Suman had been abused for having praised the Bangladeshi cricket team on Facebook.

Mukul Roy returns to Trinamool: Mamata secures party and her vote bank
Mon, Feb 15, 2016

A number of TMC dissidents joined hands with members of other parties such as Pradeep Ghosh of the BJP and approached the EC last year to float their own party, Nationalist Trinamool Congress.

Almost 80% of rural Muslims in West Bengal are borderline poor: Report
Mon, Feb 15, 2016

In rural Bengal, nearly 47 per cent of all Muslims who work are either agricultural workers or ‘daily workers’ in non-agriculture sectors — “they are at the bottom of the economic ladder,” says the study.

CPI(M) in Bengal for alliance with Congress – your enemy is my enemy?
Sat, Feb 13, 2016

Senior leaders in the CPI(M) have been increasingly vocal about a need for an alliance with the Congress.

A ‘confession’ brings Manipur and its shadowy encounters back in focus
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Supreme Court rulings and guidelines issued by the Army HQ on what is permissible under AFSPA, 1958, remain largely on paper.

Imphal encounter — Reopen case, probe disclosure: victim’s mother writes to CBI
Sat, Jan 30, 2016

Taratombi Devi addressed her letter to the Superintendent of Police, CBI, Imphal Branch in Lamphelpat.