Santanu Chowdhury

Articles By Santanu Chowdhury

Explained: Trinamool, BJP slug-fest over ‘IT notice’ to Kolkata puja committees

According to an organiser, Durga Puja committees are not liable to pay income tax for organising a religious festival and it was not possible to deduct TDS from workers who don't possess a PAN card and belong to unorganised sector.

Kolkata Court issues bailable arrest warrant against Shashi Tharoor for ‘Hindu Pakistan’ remark

While addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor had said the BJP will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where the rights of minorities are not respected.

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.

Inside a Durga Puja committee

As BJP seeks foot in and Trinamool fights back, and as a tax row brews, members, young and old, have been at work for a year on their pandal

Kolkata: With social, green messages, magicians aim to revive the art

Magician Subrata Kumar Mukherjee, general secretary of the forum, said they have been trying to unite all magicians working in Kolkata and neighbouring districts.

Muslim man ‘beaten up’ for not chanting Jai Shri Ram in West Bengal, one arrested

Ismail Sheikh, who sells spices for a living, had lodged a complaint with police, alleging that he was beaten by one Gautam Mondal at Kushmor village on Sunday when he went to sell spice there. 

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.

Reading Trinamool Martyrs’ Day rally in Kolkata: Here’s what to look out for

The rally which is carried out by TMC every year will, however, be different this time. The reason: this year's Martyrs' Day rally is being held in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha polls, where the Trinamool lost considerable ground to the BJP.

Bengal BJP’s special membership drive targets 5 lakh from minority communities

The decision to reach out to minority communities is seen as a fresh attempt by the party to further divide the minority voters and brigde the 3 per cent point- gap.

Senior citizen dies after hand gets stuck between Kolkata Metro doors

The incident took place at the Park Street Metro Station. The deceased was identified as Sajal Kumar Kanjilal, who was a resident of Bosepukur Road in South Kolkata.

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.

The Vanishing: A Kolkata magician’s death puts the spotlight on his art

A magician died in Kolkata, trying to replicate American stuntman Harry Houdini’s famous escape act. Is it a sign of the flailing fortune of magic in India?

Cooch Behar DM had issued notification: BJP sees appeasement in ‘midday meal dining room’

The circular asked the district inspector of schools to send names of the government-run and government-aided schools having over 70 per cent minority students so that a dining hall for midday meal could be constructed.

‘Magic is an art. There is no spell’

Illusionist Chanchal Lahiri drowned in the Hooghly while performing a stunt. Lawyer-magician Mukherjee says behind every such trick are hours of practice and some hidden science.

Two killed in fresh Bengal violence, TMC and BJP blame each other

The violence broke out hours before DGP Virendra Kumar was scheduled to inaugurate a new police station in the area, which was set up in view of the prevailing law and order situation.

Two killed in fresh Bengal Violence: ‘Why were cops targeting the innocent? They could have fired in air’

In the slums along Kachari Road, which are dominated by Hindi-speaking people, the atmosphere was equally charged.

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.