Esha Roy


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.

Introducing GST shouldn’t have taken so much time: Asim Dasgupta
Thu, Aug 04, 2016

Dasgupta said that the Bill should now be implemented immediately, by April 2017.

Two IITs outline the smart city plan for Varanasi
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

IIT Kharagpur has been carrying out a research survey in the city since 2014, under the HRD Ministry’s Sandhi project which conducts scientific evaluation of the country’s heritage.

Starved of success, Irom Sharmila’s next battle is the ballot box
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Irom Sharmila Chanu announced on Tuesday that she will break her 16-year old hunger strike and instead run for the Manipur assembly

Irom Sharmila to end 16-year-old hunger strike on August 9, will get married, fight elections
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

In an announcement that took many by surprise, Sharmila said she will give up her fast, get married and fight next year’s assembly elections in Manipur.

Bimal Gurung pulls up his party for loss of vote share in hills
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

A visibly angry Gurung had also said he would video the event “for future references”.

In Assembly or outside, CPM, Congress still a team in Bengal
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

Ahead of the assembly session that started June 17, CPM sources said, Congress leaders had proposed that they raise the issue of price rise together.

Manipur: 1,528 ‘fake encounters’ later, a court rules
Mon, Jul 11, 2016

The ruling should come as a relief for the conflict-ridden north-eastern state, where the demand to repeal AFSPA, in force here since 1958, has been a long standing one.

Imam says terrorists are ‘kafirs’, wants Zakir channel banned
Fri, Jul 08, 2016

Calls for ban on Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s TV shows.

Dhaka terror attack: Ishrat didn’t give up on her principles even in face of death
Mon, Jul 04, 2016

Akhond’s friends said they were told that she was hacked to death because she was not wearing a hijab, and refused to recite from the Quran when asked to do so.

GNLF leaders meet Mamata Banerjee: Darjeeling municipal polls in November, alliance talks on cards
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

In Kolkata on Mamata’s invitation, Chhetri and his team also paid a courtesy call to Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi.

‘Alliance’ on table: GNLF team in Kolkata today, meet with Mamata on cards
Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Alliance talks would be crucial in light of the municipal elections in Darjeeling (November)

Centre-state cheer puts Railways hopes on track in Bengal
Wed, Jun 15, 2016

In a bid to project a better understanding between the two governments, officials also point out how the NDA has invested “more” in rail projects in Bengal than what the UPA government did.

Judith D’Souza’s abduction in Kabul: Back home in Kolkata, family in shock
Sat, Jun 11, 2016

It was a sleepless night for the D’Souza family in Kolkata’s Entally colony. At 1.30 am on Thursday, Denzil D’Souza received a call from the Indian Embassy in Kabul informing him that his daughter has “in all probability been abducted”. In the morning, he was rushed to the hospital for dialysis. With 40-year-old Judith abducted […]

UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar remembered as ‘good student’ in his hometown of Durgapur
Sat, Jun 04, 2016

Despite being a bright student, Sarkar’s academic performance, like his demeanor, was always quiet. He was never “top of the class’’ but he always did well.