India Insight

Bengal intellectuals queer pitch for communists

April 30, 2009

Amidst the stream of billboards, posters and party flags flooding Kolkata’s chaotic streets in the run-up to elections, a glazed hoarding featuring popular intellectuals of West Bengal is catching everyone’s eyes these days.

Stars add glamour to Trinamool’s campaign in Bengal

April 18, 2009

The controversial seizure of land for industry by the ruling communists in West Bengal may be the biggest chink in their armour for the 2009 polls.

Will West Bengal’s Muslims vote for the left?

April 8, 2009

Are the ruling communists in the stronghold state of West Bengal losing the confidence of its traditional Muslim voters, ahead of their most crucial electoral test this month?

Do you have to be mad to fight corruption in India?

May 12, 2008

The sad story of Kallol Sur caught my eye over the weekend, a local official who apparently hanged himself after blowing the whistle on corruption in India’s flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. A labourer works under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) to build a dirt road at Sheikhpur in India’s poorest state of Bihar January 22, 2008. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan