Romita Datta

OPEN TO OPINION

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The writer is Associate Editor, India Today.

POLITICS

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How Mamata Banerjee has emerged as the face of the anti-BJP brigade

Leaders of opposition parties have called on her to play a key role in an emerging third front.

POLITICS

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How the Opposition is rallying against the BJP

TMC leader Mamata Banerjee has invited Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and will request Sonia Gandhi’s presence at the first-ever political rally of the Opposition.

POLITICS

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Why all Durga pandals in West Bengal are playing the same music

Was it also a puja gift from the CM, apart from Rs 10,000 that every puja committee received?

POLITICS

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In Bengal politics, caste comes knocking

As SC/STs assert themselves, both TMC, BJP realise the communities’ importance.

VARIETY

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From bowl to ballot: At Kolkata’s food festivals, the latest flavour is politics

In order to reach out to Hindi-speaking voters, the TMC is using everything from phucka to litti chokha.

POLITICS

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Bengal Bandh: No matter what the TMC govt says, September 26 was not an ordinary day

The roads were less crowded, commuters were given sweets for stepping out. What is ‘normal’ about this?

POLITICS

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From bridge collapse to market fire: Why Mamata Banerjee can't go beyond cosmetic changes

No political party can clear unauthorised occupants because that population fills the political rallies and ballot boxes.

POLITICS

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Mamata Banerjee’s poetic protest: The West Bengal CM has chosen rhyme over shouting

This week, she penned one on Centre’s intrusion in to private life — Unki (Peep) Online.

POLITICS

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Why Mamata Banerjee thinks she was more close to Atal Bihari Vajpayee than many in the BJP

The West Bengal CM, in her own way, is grieving the passing away of a guardian figure who gave her a long rope and even put up with her tantrums.

POLITICS

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Last 'lal salaam' to Somnath Babu, who remained a Communist all his life

I met the veteran MP for the first time in 2004, but he had been part of dinner table conversations all my life.