Esha Roy


Why Mamata Banerjee’s national battle against demonetisation is all about her troubles in Bengal
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

It has been two months since Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched his demonetisation drive in the country, and Banerjee has taken to the streets against the move.

Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai to IIT-KGP students: Education needs to go beyond books
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Google CEO Sundar Pichai's IIT Kharagpur visit saw him answer questions from current students at the campus.

Manipur: ‘I just want a picnic with my friends. Will the curfew end?’
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Since the row erupted over creation of seven new districts, Manipur is reeling under a blockade called by United Naga Council, and a counter blockade called by Meitis. The current blockade has lasted 59 days so far

After 2016 win, Mamata Banerjee stares at a tough 2017
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

In May this year, Banerjee single-handedly went on to capture two-thirds majority in the state elections – an unprecedented 211 seats out of a total 294 in the West Bengal Assembly.

Behind the violence: New districts revive Manipur’s old divide
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

After 3 laws united tribals in protest, govt seeks to woo Kukis with district while Nagas, feeling left out, are back in conflict with Meiteis

Kiren Rijiju on blockade: Okram Ibobi govt cannot escape responsibility
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

Rijiju accused the Congress-led state government of politicising the issue ahead of the state polls due in February. He said the Centre will ensure that the blockade is lifted soon.

On Christmas eve in Manipur, quiet churches, restless stranded students
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

The mood is sombre. Young and old are headed, under the weak streams of light thrown by their mobile phones, to the Tangkhul Lane Community Centre.

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi blames Naga groups for violence and Centre for not putting pressure on them
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

The state government has suspended Internet and imposed curfew in sensitive areas across Imphal East and West districts.

Simply put: Seven new districts that set Manipur ablaze
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

UNC’s blockade completes 50 days tomorrow. Indian Express tells the story of hill-valley, and political tensions that have split over again.

Violence continues in Manipur, vehicles to Naga districts targeted
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

The 21 vehicles carrying over 300 people left Imphal for Ukhrul under police protection on Sunday morning.

In Bengal, war of letters: we told you, says Army; we objected, says state
Sat, Dec 03, 2016

As a matter of fact, it was on request of the Kolkata Police that the date of the operation was pushed back from November 28 to 30.

Demonetisation may help saffron surge past red in Bengal’s green bowl
Sat, Nov 19, 2016

On the eve of the bypolls, the lines outside banks remained long almost through the day, and ATMs had signs of “No Cash’’, but BJP, TMC and CPI(M) workers maintained that the inconveniences have “not reached alarming proportions’’.

Ahead of Manipur polls, Congress loses key leaders to BJP
Fri, Nov 11, 2016

Sources close to the chief minister played down the setbacks. An aide agreed the RSS has increased membership and become more active but insisted its Manipur cadre “is not politically inclined”.

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh escapes unhurt as militants open fire
Tue, Oct 25, 2016

The CM's helicopter immediately took off and left for Chingai but could not land at the remote village due to protests, the official said.

In quiet Durga Puja, former TMC minister Madan Mitra watches his step in Kolkata
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

During the Durga Puja festival, Madan Mitra inaugurated one puja but turned down all other invitations.

Why Pujas in Bengal this year harped on domestic issues, not national
Tue, Oct 18, 2016

Durga Puja is about creating a quintessential Bengali identity. Not a Hindu identity but a Bengali one

Imphal court acquits Irom Sharmila in attempt to suicide case
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Chief Judicial Magistrate dismissed the charges against the 'Iron Lady' saying the prosecution had not provided sufficient evidence to prove her guilt.

As GJM exerts authority, TMC the big loser, shot in arm for Gorkhaland stir
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Mamata Banerjee had managed to woo GJM vice-president Pradeep Pradhan who, in an elaborate ceremony in Kurseong switched over to the TMC. The shutdown, however, was successful in Kurseong too.

Despite warnings of pay cuts and licence cancellation, Darjeeling shuts down
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

On Monday, 304 GJM members including Kalimpong MLA Sarita Rai were arrested as “preventive detention”.

CPM plenumon on September 30: Party plans changes in structure; may shift focus to youth, women leaders
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

On September 10, Congress had lost control of the zila parishad in Murshidabad, when seven of its members switched over to the Trinamool along with three Left MLAs.

Uri attack: Our government is incompetent, ineffective, says friend of martyr
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

Jamuna Balai village of Howrah was preparing for the arrival of its martyr, Sepoy Gangadhar Dalui. “They struggled so much to bring him up well,’’said a neighbour. Dulai had joined the Army two years ago, still in the first year of college.

Invitation to Tatas: Why pro-farmers’ CM Mamata needs to woo industry to Bengal
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Politically, Mamata Banerjee needs to ensure that farmers’ rights are protected or she runs the risk of alienating her strongest support base

Kolkata: At Ground Zero, show of strength and vindication — for Mamata, for farmers
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Mamata's full cabinet was in attendance. As were her MPs — all lending support to the party’s massive show of strength. Senior bureaucrats and top police officials were also present.

Mamata Banerjee’s balancing act: Land parchas for farmers, land promise for industries
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Apart from making land cultivable, state govt to give additional aid worth Rs 10,000 to farmers.

Four states, four governments, 100 days
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

How the beginning has been for govts in Assam, Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which have either reached or are on the verge of reaching a landmark.

Mamata Banerjee govt’s first 100 days: Bolder yet quieter, her ambitions now higher
Fri, Sep 02, 2016

In this regime, Mamata has looked more confident, if quieter — something that has helped prevent controversies.

As nine bodies await burial, Manipur trenched in politics of dead and living
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

Vice-president and spokesperson of state Congress N Biren says the protests in Churachandpur and the refusal to bury the dead are politically motivated

Mamata Banerjee scores big as GTA chief quits Morcha for TMC
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

According to GJM insiders, Gurung has threatened to quit the GTA and relaunch the movement for a separate Gorkhaland.

The isolation of GJM president Bimal Gurung
Thu, Aug 25, 2016

His party leaders joining Mamata, his powers restricted, GJM chief plans to revive Gorkhaland movement

Gorkha Mukti Morcha vice-president joins Trinamool with 6000 party workers
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

This is being seen as a masterstroke by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee who has been persistently trying to make inroads in to North Bengal.

Manipur youth rally behind Irom Sharmila as she appears in court today
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

A Facebook page asking people to lend support to Irom has been launched, and more people, especially the youth, are coming forward.

Irom Sharmila: Signs of a Struggle
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

Irom Sharmila’s decision to break her 16-year-long fast has angered the people she fought for. But now, a truce has been reached.

Her own people don’t want her back, Irom Sharmila is back in Imphal hospital
Thu, Aug 11, 2016

While the police looked for options where to keep the activist, she was escorted to Imphal City police station.

Irom Sharmila ends her 16-year fast, says wants to be Manipur CM
Wed, Aug 10, 2016

Irom Sharmila took a dab of honey to end her fast at 4.25 pm.

Night before Irom Sharmila’s 16-year fast ends, question everywhere: What next?
Tue, Aug 09, 2016

A day before Sharmila’s 16-year fast comes to an end, there is uncertainty among those who have been touched by it — from the Meira Paibis and activists who stood with her to a family that has waited for her.

Kolkata teen death: ‘After my husband died, I held on for my son; now he’s gone… I’ll fight for him’
Mon, Aug 08, 2016

Police rule out foul play in teen’s death but his mother keeps insisting murder and vows to go to court.