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Shikha Mukerjee

Saffron tide overtakes Bengal

The BJP’s success was in the countryside; its voteshare of close to 40 per cent is perilously close to the TMC’s 45 per cent voteshare.

24 May 2019 7:32 AM

Chandrababu Naidu’s alliance hunt: Mayawati, Mamata, Congress

The timing of the run, before the results are declared and the veracity of numerous exit polls is tested, is also for a reason.

22 May 2019 2:11 AM

A paralysis of thought is marginalising Left

The other memory that may remain is a sub-plot — the rise of the BJP and the decline of the Left in West Bengal. T

15 May 2019 12:04 AM

BJP looks east as going gets tough in Hindi belt

The only problem with the defections that the BJP expects is that it will not reduce Mamata Banerjee’s government to a minority.

02 May 2019 1:24 AM

BJP’s Mission Bengal: Defending faith for votes

In the BJP’s reconstruction, the only political “legacy” that seems to matter in West Bengal is that of Partition.

09 Apr 2019 12:25 AM


Promises, calculations: It’s blind man’s buff!

Promises do serve a political purpose; of grabbing attention and amplifying appeal.

28 Mar 2019 12:22 AM

Oppn ‘Grand Alliance’ faces bigger challenge

The Congress and the CPI(M) have been co-opted in February as part of the coalition of regional parties against the BJP.

05 Mar 2019 12:00 AM

A street fighter battles to ‘save’ Constitution

The next Opposition leaders’ meeting in New Delhi in mid-February will confirm this.

07 Feb 2019 12:25 AM

Alliance fully imagined, with states in lead role

The purpose was to announce the alliance as a nearly formed fighting machine against the BJP.

21 Jan 2019 5:41 AM

Regional satraps have the last laugh

Not all voters are comfortable with the idea of one party one nation.

06 Jan 2019 7:58 AM


Front-making for 2019: Difficulties are growing

The task is horribly difficult as cross-cutting interests intervene to tweak and change the shape the elegant simplicity of the idea.

04 Jan 2019 12:00 AM

Hiccups on crafting a new compact for 2019

The alliances and adjustments within the front are crucial to the looming battle against the BJP in 2019.

22 Dec 2018 12:59 AM

Lotus pond is shrinking: Regional parties must rework 2019 strategy

Miscalculating the power of parochial sentiments, couched in the idiom of Telangana nationalism, has cost the Congress.

12 Dec 2018 1:53 AM

As ‘new aliens’ emerge in Assam, Mamata vs BJP tussle expands

The Supreme Court has asked for a revision and the politics around this has grown heated.

07 Nov 2018 12:49 AM

Is ‘benevolent mother’ Mamata’s new avatar?

Identity politics, of legitimising the assertion of the majority in terms of its religion, is the BJP’s most effective incursion.

25 Oct 2018 12:34 AM


‘Bengal NRC’ gives Didi a new front to fight BJP

By contesting the basis of identity and citizenship, Banerjee is tapping into a deep pool of Bengali sentiment as well as anxiety.

21 Aug 2018 12:46 AM

Why Mamata has a new strategy to take on BJP

The confrontation between Mr Modi and Ms Banerjee is one of hope versus positive and purposeful action.

26 Jul 2018 6:02 AM

Modi, Hasina & Didi: Teesta on their mind

It is significant that Sheikh Hasina made the time to meet Mamata Banerjee separately and alone.

29 May 2018 2:55 AM

Marx still relevant, but India’s Left flounders

The CPI(M)’s problem is that it’s stuck over the ethics of political economy that “is acquisition, work, thrift, sobriety”.

07 May 2018 1:13 AM

CPM’s dilemma: How it should remake itself

In claiming that it is the only party that can offer an “alternative policy” agenda, the CPI(M) has to fully and finally resolve the crisis within.

23 Apr 2018 12:12 AM