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West Bengal, TMC, BJP, Mamata Banerjee

The Bengal Conundrum: How Mamata's absolutism affected the Gorkhaland issue

An exclusive excerpt from Sambit Pal's book that attempts to explain the reasons behind the recent surge in support for the BJP in West Bengal.


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West Bengal, Tiranga pulao, Tricolour, Republic day 2021

Daily Recco, January 26: Patriotism on your plate with Tiranga Pulao

It is Republic Day and there in no better day than the national holiday to try making a dish with a patriotic streak.


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Football, West Bengal, El pibe de oro, Diegomaradona

From Pampas to Bay of Bengal: How Maradona transcended oceans and continents

In his death, Maradona underlined the fact that he continued to remain an emotion in an Indian province, 16,500 km away from his birthplace and the city where he was laid to rest.


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Rashtriya samajwadi congress, West Bengal, Birbhum, Pranabmukherjee

Goodbye Pranab da: District star, national hero

Pranab Mukherjee, the star who shone bright and made Bengal shine bright in Indian politics, has left today.


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West Bengal, Bangladesh, Radcliffe line, East pakistan

When Partition survivors visited home, across Radcliffe Line

Denial of their right to remembrance, coupled with the psychological torment of being expropriated, often force Partition survivors to consign their memories to some dark recesses of the mind.


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East pakistan, West Bengal, Radcliffe line, Bengal partition

Two Bengals in two nations: How West Bengal got its current shape

The ‘Final Award’ in dividing Bengal was in the hands of an Englishman who was hesitant to come to India because of the ‘scorching heat’ and had no interest in the task assigned to him.


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Amit Shah, Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal

For TMC-ravaged Bengal, Amit Shah brings BJP as a beacon of hope

The people of West Bengal seem to be getting ready for the change. They have had enough of jargons, false ideologies and politics of fake slogans. Narendra Modi’s vision and Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s legacy beckons.


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Cooch Behar, West Bengal, Floods, Fake news

Fake news floods before fact checking became a legit job

It was the monsoon of 1993, and two districts of North Bengal were reeling from the horror of a flood that had left it crippled.


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Coronavirus pandemic, West Bengal, Kolkata, Cyclone amphan

I lived through Cyclone Amphan in Kolkata. It has humbled us all

If you were any better off than anybody else at this time, it was only a quirk of fate, and nothing around seemed very safe or the same anymore.


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Gulabo sitabo, Climate change, Indian sundarbans delta, Cyclone amphan

How a delta ravaged by Cyclone Amphan awaits a revival

As if Covid-19 was not enough, Amphan has damaged infrastructure, rendered many homeless, and imposed a cost on the West Bengal economy whose indelible impacts will be felt in the long-run.