Esha Roy


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.

Manipur: In frame, inner line permit campaigner with militant flag
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

A picture that went viral Wednesday purportedly shows the key leader of the agitation for inner line permits in Manipur taking an oath of allegiance with the flag of a banned insurgent group.

Manipur ambush: Six Assam Rifles men killed in attack
Mon, May 23, 2016

The personnel from 29 Assam Rifles were killed in the ambush laid by militant group CorCom targeting a party of CO which was returning after inspection of a landslide location in Chandel.

West Bengal polls: Jote bulwark breaks TMC run in Malda, BJP finds a foothold
Sun, May 22, 2016

The two ministers in Mamata’s cabinet from Malda, arch rivals Sabitri Mitra and Krishnendu Narayan, both lost their seats on Thursday.

Darjeeling eludes Mamata’s TMC, GJM retains hold over hilly district
Fri, May 20, 2016

Over the past year and a half, relations between Gurung and Mamata had soured with Gurung accusing her of trying to interfere in the workings of the GTA.

West Bengal elections 2016: CPM red-faced, ‘analyses results’
Fri, May 20, 2016

In the 2011 elections, TMC had a 39 per cent vote share — as did the combined vote shares of the Congress and Left.

West Bengal elections 2016: Despite TMC sweep, some ministers lose seats
Fri, May 20, 2016

None of these losses is likely to affect Mamata Banerjee in the creation of her new cabinet or affect her party work adversely. In fact, insiders said, Mamata will benefit from many of the losses.

Landslide victory for TMC, crushing defeat for Left parties
Thu, May 19, 2016

While the Congress has not only managed to retain its seats from 2011 but marginally improve its performance from its current 42 incumbent MLAs to capturing a total of 45 seats, it’s the CPI(M) which has suffered a major setback in this election.

Bengal: Still have to analyse what has happened, says CPI(M) leader Surjya Mishra
Thu, May 19, 2016

In a candid admission, he admitted that many of the party’s supporters did not vote for the Left.

Corruption a non-issue in West Bengal as Didi’s development wins the day
Thu, May 19, 2016

While incumbent Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee had remained silent on the tapes at her first few rallies, deciding instead to hit at out at the newly formed "opportunistic" 'jote', as she called it, she grew increasingly nervous and wary as the campaign wore on.

West Bengal: Beyond result today, Congress and CPM look at alliance tomorrow
Thu, May 19, 2016

CPM leaders brushed off exit poll predictions of their defeat. Whatever the result, however, they said they are encouraged by their jot (understanding) with the Congress.

In West Bengal assembly polls it’s do or die for all parties
Wed, May 18, 2016

If the "jote" strategy does not work, and the TMC wins a landslide as has been predicted by some exit polls, the the Left will have to think hard on how to re-invent itself once again in the state.

West Bengal: No crop, one tube well, muddy ponds — Purulia’s summer saga
Wed, May 18, 2016

Similar to Birbhum, but unlike other districts in West Bengal, Purulia is largely a monocrop region, planting and harvesting paddy.

Inner Line Permit: Manipur in grip of protests, bandhs against ‘outsiders’
Tue, May 10, 2016

Biren said an all-party meeting held Monday to discuss the ILP agitation has decided to seek the Centre’s assistance.

West Bengal Elections: If TMC wins, it will face strongest opposition in decades
Fri, May 06, 2016

Banerjee, known for being “nervous”, launched her election campaign from the district which is seen as the weakest link in her repertoire – the Congress dominated Malda district.

West Bengal polls end, not the complaints
Fri, May 06, 2016

Nandigram too voted Thursday. Voting was largely peaceful, though a skirmish between the CRPF and voters at Kadaribad Chowk in Khejuri police station held things up for about an hour.

195 rallies in 45 days: How two leaders and a network split Left-Cong campaign in West Bengal
Thu, May 05, 2016

The rallies were organised jointly. Each party had the responsibility of ensuring its supporters attended. “We had to work twice as hard as the TMC,” said a Congress leader.