Exploring the history and causes of the Gorkhaland agitation through illustrations.
A look at the ongoing struggle for separate statehood in Kalimpong.
“In those days, exploitation used to take place right in front of our eyes. We knew who the exploiters were. That is not the case now. Our exploiters are too many: the government, officials, powerful companies, real estate dealers.”
Urmilesh discusses how both the print and broadcast media have covered the recent communal violence in the North 24 Parganas of West Bengal. Joining him for this episode are Sevanti Ninan, editor of The Hoot and Nidhi Kulpati, senior editor at NDTV India.
Mamata’s policies, since she became chief minister in 2011, have challenged and redefined the century old hegemony of bhadralok politics, and reshaped Bengal’s identity.
However, instead of patronising multiple social clusters, which is the bedrock of TMC’s strategy, the BJP is trying to consolidate support on religious lines – its agenda elsewhere in the country too.
The BJP has long had its eye on West Bengal, because without it, its idea of a Hindu Rashtra cannot fully be realised.
Historical and geographical flux, a continuous feeling of exclusion and perceived cultural dominance by Bengalis have aggravated the demand for the creation of Gorkhaland.
India has a paltry water transportation system due to practical and policy difficulties, but trade with Bangladesh may open up avenues.
Vivek Singh documents the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling over the demand of a separate state and removal of Bengali as a compulsory language from schools.
In the seventy-first episode of Jan Gan Man Ki Baat, Vinod Dua talks about the NDA nominee for president, Ram Nath Kovind, and discusses the renewed movement demanding a separate Gorkhaland.
Language may have triggered off the current round of violence, but the basic demand is for statehood.
The West Bengal government, in a memorandum issued on Sunday, made clear that no leave will be granted till the strike is withdrawn.
After allowing indiscipline among its senior cadre due to electoral necessities, the CPI(M) in Bengal is losing its reputation of integrity.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was protesting against the government’s decision that Bengali will be compulsorily taught in schools.
Instead of evicting forest-dwelling communities for engaging in traditional activities in protected areas and reserved forests, the government should use them for co-management.
The Calcutta high court allowed the organisation to hold a workshop on how they can create genetically-superior babies, but said no treatment can be administered at the event.
The handloom weavers of Santipur in West Bengal have been pushed into a corner by powerlooms and declining incomes, with many leaving the looms while others are in constant debt.
It has become respectable now to articulate latent feelings about issues concerning minorities that were hardly talked about some years ago.
More than one year since the Kolkata flyover collapse that killed 26, the criminal trial has not begun. The police are not speaking on the record. And the government is silent.
Flood, famine, Partition, riots and the promise of land and jobs drove early migrants to the Sundarbans. Despite many hardships, they found a home there.
Vote counting for ten assembly constituencies in eight states – Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Madhya Pradesh – is currently underway.
A Food and Agriculture Integrated Development Action program implemented independently through a health, education and employment center has transformed Nandangram village in West Bengal by growing high quality farm produce.
Some IIM-C staff members say the BJP misled them into attending the event in the guise of resolving a decades-old administrative issue.
Children in remote parts of Murshidabad district in West Bengal are participating actively in community governance and tackling social issues.
Mamata Banerjee had promised to change nepotism in recruitment of class D government jobs, but her government is now doing the same.
Shome Basu gives a glimpse of the daily life of the widows residing in Vrindavan.
The CID arrested BJP women’s wing leader Juhi Chowdhury from the Batasia area close to the Indo-Nepal border in North Bengal for her alleged involvement in the Jalpaiguri child trafficking case.
Although the National Food Security Act has increased the effective food security coverage, a household survey has revealed exclusion errors and problems of linkages of ration cards with Aadhaar.
The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused local leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party of instigating the violence.
A tea garden worker in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal runs a unique ‘bike ambulance’ free of cost for villagers. He was recently awarded the Padma Shri.
With little hope for normalcy even 100 days after the note ban, there is an urgent need for providing relief and compensation to those who have been most affected.
Mamata Banerjee makes an old law even tougher to create an Orwellian world of surveillance of dissenters.
A look at Kolkata’s wetlands, a unique ecosystem that serves as the mega city’s waste disposal network.
When the leadership of India and Pakistan move towards an improvement of ties, they will have to move in tandem with the unanimity of a supportive press.
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya’s Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji is a detailed description of a movement and a leader that have much to teach us, despite their faults.
For women in the rural areas of the Sundarbans, collecting tiger prawn seedlings is unrewarding and unsavoury work, though the delicacy fetches high prices for others further along the supply chain.
The dhak might be getting a new lease of life as women have stormed a male bastion and have taken up playing Bengal’s traditional big drum.
A daily round-up of the human impact of demonetisation.
A daily round-up of the human impact of demonetisation.