Designing and building the temporary pavilions that house the deity during West Bengal’s biggest annual festival remains the preserve of rural artisans – chiefly farmers and folk artists.
A fortnightly column reflecting on chapters of India’s political past that are relevant today.
The tradition in Bengal was to not bring out weapons to intimidate others, for none will believe that Bhagawan Ramachandra ever did so.
A daily round-up on the human impact of demonetisation.
About 250 years ago, Bengal suffered a debilitating famine under colonial rule, partially brought on by changes in the colonial currency system.
Mamata Banerjee’s high handedness and the Sangh parivar’s amplified efforts to encourage communalism may soon take over the historically harmonious state.
Bob Dylan may have won the literature Nobel, but let’s not forget the great Bengali poet and performer who inspired countless others.
Gandhi’s famous sojourn in Noakhali was the ultimate test for the idea and practice of non-violence. It failed.
West Bengal’s cabinet has approved a proposal to change the state’s name to Bangla or Banga. The English version name will remain Bengal but the ‘West’ will be dropped.
The state needs historic development and with it, complete freedom of expression.
In a country where tea is an extremely popular beverage, few are aware that within the plantations where tea is cultivated there is a silent epidemic that is taking the lives of hundreds of tea workers. Between 2000 and 2015, 1400 people have died in 17 closed tea gardens […]