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Amitava Chakraborty


Amitava Chakraborty is a Senior Copy Editor at The Indian Express. He is part of the Sunday News Features team and does long-form stories for the section. He tweets @amitavoc

‘I can give advice, or have a role in implementing policies… I want to give latter a try’: Ashok Lahiri
Mon, Apr 19, 2021

The Indian Express talks to Ashok Lahiri, former chief economic advisor under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh governments, who has now been fielded by the BJP as a candidate from the Balurghat Assembly seat in the West Bengal elections. Excerpts:

Darjeeling dilemma: Gorkhaland in hearts, but ‘our bellies tied to tourism, another lockdown will finish us’
Sat, Apr 17, 2021

What resonates, again and again, is the fear of another lockdown, and what it will do to an economy revolving around tourism.

Workers to owners, a tea belt wilts: ‘50% on sale, no buyers’
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

The fifth phase of polling will see voting across North Bengal's tea belt — holding 302 big tea gardens, over 60,000 small gardens and 182 ‘Brought Leaf Factories’ (factories not attached to gardens), with around 10 lakh workers.

On TMC smartphone screens, Mamata as Durga
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

It's not just the BJP that's turned the smartphone into an election rally ground. As the fifth phase of Assembly elections nears in West Bengal, the ruling TMC has ramped up its online operations, too.

Phone screen is rally ground in Bengal: PM clip to Didi foot
Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Over two days last week, in the run-up to voting in Cooch Behar for the fourth phase, The Indian Express tracked the smartphones of several BJP and TMC workers to know what’s streaming.

In this tribal village, livelihood and rain woes occupy people’s minds
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Inhabited by Totos, the smallest tribal group in West Bengal, the only signs of the election campaign in the village are the 12 flags of the BJP and the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), a poster of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and a wall painting of the saffron party’s election symbol “lotus” at the main chowk.

Wooed with statues, Rajbanshis say want jobs, not tall promises
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

Since 2012, the Mamata Banerjee government has established a Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University, two Rajbanshi language academies, and a board for the development of the community.

Polls far, government further for Bengal’s smallest tribe
Sat, Apr 10, 2021

The Toto tribe, numbering around 1,600, is more concerned about its dwindling numbers, the daily struggle for livelihood and the annual battle against rains.

Bengal elections: Wooed with statues, Rajbanshis say don’t want tall promises but jobs
Fri, Apr 09, 2021

Since 2012, the Mamata Banerjee government has established a Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University, two Rajbanshi language academies, and a board for the development of the community.

Nandigram boils over: Mamata Banerjee cries foul, BJP rival says she’s losing, EC seeks report
Fri, Apr 02, 2021

Mamata Banerjee was held up for more than two hours in a polling booth in Nandigram where supporters of the ruling TMC and BJP nearly came to blows. Her security guards formed a cordon as she waited in a wheelchair.

Nandigram: On poll eve, both sides await Thursday thriller
Thu, Apr 01, 2021

In Nandigram, Section 144 is in force and 22 companies of central forces are posted for the 255 polling booths.

Voting tomorrow: High-octane campaigns by Mamata, Shah draw battlelines in Nandigram
Wed, Mar 31, 2021

The two parties, led on the ground by Banerjee and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, went all out Tuesday, firming battlelines for the vote Thursday.

Assembly elections 2021: Tribal Bengal waits for jobs, looks for options
Sat, Mar 27, 2021

Local people acknowledge the change in their lives since the Trinamool Congress came to power and the bloodshed stopped. Now they want more.

West Bengal elections: His murder started a trend in Bengal; 3 years on, family in fear
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Trilochan’s killing started a new trend of murder and hanging in Bengal’s violent politics. At least six BJP leaders and workers have been killed in similar fashion since.

JNU to Jamuria, but anger against CPM MLA trails Aishe Ghosh
Thu, Mar 25, 2021

The first sitting president of the JNU Students’ Union to contest an election, Ghosh says, “There are a lot of differences between JNU and Jamuria (Assembly seat).

West Bengal: Come elections, elephants back as a poll issue in Bankura
Tue, Mar 23, 2021

Come elections, elephants are back as a poll issue in the 12 Assembly seats of Bankura that vote in the first and second phases, but villages this time hope for a permanent solution.

West Bengal: BJP Bankura face is a daily wager’s wife, without toilet, running water
Thu, Mar 18, 2021

A constituency reserved for Scheduled Castes, Saltora was won by the Trinamool’s Swapan Barui the last two times, by a margin of over 10,000 votes.

What we are witnessing in Shantiniketan is an ugly fight ­between ideo­logies
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

In the heated political battlefield of West Bengal ahead of the Assembly election, set to be a bitter contest between the ruling Trinamool and the BJP, both Poush Mela and the land row are seen to be motivated.

Sunil Chhetri: ‘I would like to play in a stadium full of supporters’
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

"Football is a contact sport. So, on the pitch, it isn’t possible to maintain distance like you can in an office job. However, once off it, we wear our masks all the time, space ourselves out at team meals and meetings."

In jute belt, Nitish all the way: ‘Got jal, bijli, only lack PDS’
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

The mills suffered greatly during the nationwide lockdown announced in end-March to check the coronavirus. First, there were production losses as the mills shut, leaving many without wages. Then, when these labour-intensive units were allowed to reopen, they did so with only 15% of the workforce.

Explained: Why a report linking many of UK’s grand homes to colonial Indian wealth is raising a row
Sat, Sep 26, 2020

Many members of UK’s National Trust, which drew up the report, have threatened to withdraw their membership and cancel subscription.

Explained: Zvezda, the Russian firm making suits for India’s Gaganyaan astronauts
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

Established in 1952 as Factory No. 918, Zvezda is a Russian company which primarily designs, develops and produces portable life support systems for aircraft and spacecraft crew.

Tastes like home: Govt scheme to provide cooked food to elderly a big hit in Kolkata
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

All orders have to be placed on WhatsApp a few hours ahead of the scheduled delivery.

Govt scheme to provide cooked food to elderly a big hit in Kolkata
Mon, Aug 31, 2020

The scheme by the West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation (CADC), an autonomous organisation under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department, is outsourced to women self-help groups (SHGs) and aims to help senior citizens through the lockdown.

‘We are open’: Post-covid world of a five- star hotel
Mon, Aug 24, 2020

This week, Delhi announced reopening of hotels in a bid to kick off the economy. But with few travellers and no tourists, the industry’s climb out of the pandemic is expected to be the hardest and the longest.