Ravik Bhattacharya

Ravik Bhattacharya works in the Indian Express bureau in Kolkata. He tweets @raviklive

Articles By Ravik Bhattacharya

2014 Burdwan blast case: Told them to plead guilty to avoid 15 years of trial, says lawyer of Burdwan convicts

The lawyer had successfully convinced one of the accused, who in turn persuaded the 18 others, to plead guilty.

Upset over quirky haircuts of students, 2 Bengal schools turn to hairdressers for help

The headmaster of New Farakka High School in Murshidabad, Manirul Islam said he had been wanting to crack down on the menace ever since he joined the school on July 17.

Behind Zomato beef-pork delivery protest in Howrah: a pay cut and a local BJP leader

The protesting executives are pinning their hopes on their meeting with Zomato officials, which they claimed, is scheduled to take place on August 16 at the company’s Kolkata office.

West Bengal: On civic chief’s order, CCTVs outside councillors’ homes

The Trinamool is trying to bring in a no-confidence motion against Mitra. The no-confidence motion is scheduled to be brought in on August 5 and followed by a vote.

Ahead of no-confidence vote in Bengal district, CCTVs monitor councillors’ visitors

After the Lok Sabha poll results, in which the BJP bagged 18 seats and Trinamool 22 in West Bengal, the former has been accused of orchestrating defections and trying to grab control of civic bodies.

The women behind instant triple talaq petitions: ‘Historic win… no other woman’s life will be ruined now’

On August 22, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a landmark 3-2 verdict, “set aside” the practice of instant triple talaq, following a clutch of petitions filed by Muslim women. The women behind the petitions welcomed the passage of the Bill on Tuesday.

Explained: Why Mamata Banerjee has launched ‘Didi Ke Bolo’

According to TMC insiders, the idea is to give the impression that Mamata Banerjee is willing to listen to people, their problems and their suggestions -- in person.

Explained: Four pillars of Mamata Banerjee’s grassroots strategy against BJP

The context of the Trinamool Congress's strategy re-look is the remarkable inroads made by the BJP in West Bengal, its aggressive poaching of TMC leaders and MLAs, and the traction that the 'cut money' controversy continues to get in the rural areas.

At Martyrs’ Day rally, Mamata Banerjee to BJP: return black money

On Sunday, Mamata accused the BJP of manipulating elections, and demanded the return of ballot papers. “I believe that the results of the (Lok Sabha) elections is a mystery.

At Martyrs’ Day rally, Mamata accuses BJP of EVM tampering, horse-trading, lynchings

The Bengal Chief Minister termed the BJP’s Lok Sabha win as a ‘mystery’ and alleged that manipulation of EVMs, pressing in of central forces and doling out of cash were the means by which BJP was able to win seats not on in Bengal but throughout the country.

West Bengal: TMC cornered, BJP takes lead in tracking cut money agents

On June 18, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked her party leaders to return the “cut money”, or illegal commissions, they had allegedly collected from people to “facilitate” various government schemes.

In West Bengal, TMC men’s cut money rate list: Rs 200 for last rites, Rs 25,000 for house

The Indian Express spoke to residents in 12 villages across Hooghly, Bardhaman and Birbhum, to find a deep sense of anger and despair at the “system”, which is so well entrenched that there are “fixed rates” for specific schemes, ranging from Rs 200 to Rs 25,000.

Grassroot TMC leaders face cut-money blowback in West Bengal: ‘Can’t return home’

On June 18, with the BJP rapidly making inroads in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked her party leaders to end the practice of “cut money” and return them to the people.

BJP looks to enter Durga Puja committees to boost ‘Bengali’ image

Durga Puja is scheduled to be held from October 4, and presently organising committees are being formed in various communities and club-based festivities.

Rabindra Bharati University: Five professors quit to protest ‘caste slur’ on woman teacher by students

According to the teacher's complaint, on May 20 a group of students allegedly gheraoed her in a room for nearly four hours and harassed her with verbal abuses.

Hospital strike ends after Mamata blinks, agrees to upgrade doctors’ security

The government decided to boost the security mechanism in hospitals, and create awareness among the masses against assault on doctors.

Bengal doctors withdraw strike after Mamata Banerjee’s assurance on their demands

“I have accepted all your suggestions. I will request you to return to work. We are proud of our doctors. Attacks on doctors will not be tolerated. But not all relatives of patients are bad, only a small section gets agitated after a mishap," Mamata Banerjee said.

Bengal doctors’ strike: Stage set for talks, docs want end to deadlock

The latest decision by the agitating doctors comes a day after they refused to meet the Chief Minister at the state secretariat. The doctors had earlier refused to attend meetings called by Banerjee on Friday and Saturday.

Mamata Banerjee appeals for talks; come to NRS, say agitating doctors

In New Delhi, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued an advisory to the West Bengal government to ensure the safety of doctors, and asked for a report on the standoff.

Bengal doctors’ strike: Docs beat us too, let guilty be punished, say kin of deceased

Following Sayeed’s death, clashes broke out between the junior doctors and the relatives of the patient, leaving one doctor critically injured. Soon after the violence, junior doctors at the hospital initiated cease-work which got support from doctors in 13 state-run hospitals across the state.