Esha Roy


GJM members burn GTA accord in Hills
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

ON DAY 14 of its indefinite bandh call for a separate state of Gorkhaland, hundreds of GJM supporters on Tuesday hit the streets, burning copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) accord in several places across the Hills, Dooars and Terai region of North Bengal. Many protesters, belonging to the GJM’s youth wing, were seen […]

A love bandh in a corner of Manipur
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Bandhs and economic blockades have badly affected Manipur’s economy, but the new BJP government holds out hope

Darjeeling unrest: Upset over police firing, TMC Sikkim leaders quit
Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Lepcha added that life in Sikkim has been affected by the recent developments in Darjeeling. A large number of students from Sikkim go to study in Darjeeling and are now stranded, he said.

Darjeeling on boil: 3 dead, police officer critical as Mamata Banerjee sees foreign hand
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

At a press conference, Banerjee said: “They (protesters) are not listening to the court as well. The court passed an order saying bandh is illegal... Where did they get illegal arms and money from?"

Jan Andolan Party joins stir, its chief writes to Amit Shah
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Former Gorkha Janmukti Morcha spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chhetri staged a protest asking the BJP government at the Centre to fulfil its election promise of creating a separate Gorkhaland.

The Chinese have a dilemma in Mamata Banerjee’s Bengal
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Beijing seems ready to invest at least some of its purse worth $750 billion, but West Bengal’s inefficiencies and alleged corruption are coming in the way

Politics of language: As old as the hills, now new trigger for statehood stir
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri says the movement has gone beyond the Bengali language issue now.

Army out in Darjeeling after language protest turns violent
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Protests have been on in the Darjeeling hills ever since Mamata Banerjee announced last month that Bengali will be made a compulsory subject in all schools across the state from classes I to X.

Mamata Banerjee’s bid to force-feed Bengali language in the hills fires Gorkhaland demand
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

Despite the West Bengal chief minister's clarification that Nepali will remain an official language, the damage has been done.

Meghalaya BJP leader quits over beef issue
Fri, Jun 02, 2017

Marak said the BJP’s district units had worked hard to convince people that “BJP is not a communal party but stands for progress and development’’.

In Meghalaya, ally asks Modi to take back rules
Wed, May 31, 2017

BJP’s Meghalaya unit vice-president J A Lyngdoh reportedly threatened to quit over the issue.

West Bengal Class 12th results: Son and mother passed, father failed in exams
Wed, May 31, 2017

Due to financial constraints, Balaram and his wife Kalyani couldn't study further but then they decided to sit for the Class 12 exam along with son. However, Balaram a farmer by profession tended to the field in the morning and studied later

Kerala leads protest against new cattle rules, explores legal side
Sat, May 27, 2017

Justifying the Centre’s decision, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said it had only restricted the sale for slaughter of animals that were used for agricultural purposes.

Buxa Reserve: Govt wants to launch tiger augmentation project, awaits wildlife board’s nod
Sat, May 27, 2017

Sinha pointed out that the programme has only been tried in two other sanctuaries in the country - at the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan and the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

With bumper mango crop, Malda eyes European Union countries
Tue, May 23, 2017

Himsagar is currently the most popular mango from Malda.

Congress defector Manas Bhunia gets Trinamool nomination to Rajya Sabha
Mon, May 22, 2017

With eye on Darjeeling, Mamata Banerjee nominates former GNLF member Shanta Chhetri.

Dateline Naxalbari
Thu, May 25, 2017

50 years ago, on May 25, an uprising in this North Bengal block changed the politics of the country, and continues to agitate it. But where it all started, the original rebels have little strength left

A family feels the long effect of a short visit
Sat, May 20, 2017

Back now, 32-year-old Raju Mahali says they were away on a “holiday” — to his brother’s house. “Where will we go? This is our home.”

Municipal elections: TMC hopes to make inroads in Congress stronghold Raiganj
Sat, May 13, 2017

As many as five Congress candidates, all councillors, switched over to TMC just ahead of filing of nominations.

Bengal municipal polls: Out of options, Congress and CPM come together again
Fri, May 12, 2017

In 2011, the Trinamool’s victory in 211 of the 294 assembly seats had left the Congress with just 44 and the CPM with 25.

After 18-month faceoff, Manipur protesters agree to bury their dead
Thu, May 11, 2017

They will now go ahead with the burial within May 25, following the signing of an agreement Wednesday with the BJP state government, which took charge in March.

After 139 days, Naga Council lifts economic blockade on Manipur
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

The meeting was chaired by the Joint Secretary (North East) of the Union Home Ministry. The BJP’s assurance was that the lifting of the blockade would be the first thing a government led by the party

The currency runners
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

As darkness falls, BSF floodlights come on, and guards change duty, bundles of ‘kagoj’ are flung over the border fence in West Bengal, forming almost all of India’s fake notes problem.

Manipur: Biren Singh takes oath, forms first BJP government
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

The BJP has come to power after 15 years of Congress rule in Manipur that was led by Okram Ibobi Singh.

Manipur election results 2017: Congress stint may have helped ex-footballer
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Biren’s popularity with other MLAs may have swung the vote in his favour after a round of hectic lobbying between him and party favourite Bishwajit Singh.

In Imphal, Biren gets call from Raj Bhavan to lead state
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Since March 11, there has been high drama and political tussles over formation of the government in Manipur, with both the Congress and BJP claiming that they have the numbers.

Manipur: Governor invites BJP to form govt, N Biren Singh’s swearing-in tomorrow
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

"There are a number of things important for Manipur state - development and issues regarding the youth and jobs. For this, stability is necessary," she said today.

After Goa, Congress edgy in Manipur as BJP likely to form govt
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

In Manipur, the BJP is supported by its allies - the NPP with four MLAs, the NPF with another four and the LJP with one MLA.

N Biren Singh is BJP’s pick for Manipur chief minister
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Meanwhile, incumbent Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh submitted his resignation to the Governor in the evening.

Manipur elections 2017: Footballer, journalist, Cong minister — now BJP face in state
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Last year, Nongthombam Biren left the Congress, his party since 2007, to join the BJP.

Congress MLA also leans over as BJP crosses Manipur halfway mark
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

A day that saw the BJP steal a march over the Congress in a show of strength before the Governor in Manipur couldn’t have had a more apt moment.

Manipur: Hunt for numbers takes Cong, BJP to airport, ‘confined’ Independent MLA
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Senior Congress leader C P Joshi, deputed from Delhi and present at the party headquarters, accused the BJP of flouting “the norms of democracy”.

Manipur Election Results 2017: Okram Ibobi Singh meets Governor Najma Heptullah, stakes claim to form govt
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Calling the BJP opportunistic Ibobi Singh said that the BJP had categorically denied tie ups with the naga peoples front ahead of the assembly elections.

Time for a New Vow
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

A 16-year-old from Bengal spoke up at a wedding. Now, she is the face of a campaign against child marriage.

Manipur election results 2017: Congress ahead but, going from 0 to 21, winner is BJP
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

BJP leaders had earlier told The Indian Express that the party would look to form the government if it crosses the 20-seat mark, and it could now find willing allies among the 10 winners of smaller parties.

Manipur election results 2017: Won’t fight another poll, says Irom Sharmila
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The results at the Thoubal constituency, where Irom lost to CM Okram Ibobi Singh, is not a surprise to most. Singh has remained unbeaten there for three terms now.