articles by Atonu Choudhurri

India

Jute industry in West Bengal faces crisis: Low wages, exploitation leave mill workers facing uncertain future

British jute businesses exited India and the jute mills were soon taken over by Indian traders, motivated to earn short-term profits.

Politics

Residents of former enclaves in West Bengal irked by lack of access to government schemes and jobs crunch

Residents of former enclaves in West Bengal are still fighting for land allotment, basic infrastructure, and access to benefits from government schemes like Kanyashree Prakalpa.

India

Silent killer arsenic slowly poisoning crores of people in West Bengal as successive govts fail to address issue

West Bengal accounts for 1.04 crore out of India’s 1.48 crore population harmed by arsenic.

Politics

BJP launches operation to poach TMC MPs in Bengal; dissidents find refuge from Mamata's iron fist in 'democratic' saffron party

The BJP has targeted constituencies where TMC's base has weakened due to non-performance of sitting MPs and where it has a divided house due to internal squabbles

India

Tiger prawns collected by women of the Sundarbans are a global delicacy, but collectors remain a neglected lot

The women who collect tiger prawn seedlings in the Sundarbans risk health hazards as well as their lives because of the threat of crocodiles and tigers.

India

India's water crisis: West Bengal on the brink of becoming a parched state in absence of preservation measures

While tankers supply drinking water to the urban areas, rural areas face an acute water crisis.

India

Anatomy of lynching: Toll climbs, but BJP dilly-dallies with MaSuKa even as India lacks specific law to deal such crimes

Although the proposed law against lynching is supported by 11 political parties, the BJP is reportedly not in favour of passing it in Parliament.

Politics

Mamata Banerjee directs West Bengal districts to prevent entry of people excluded from NRC, sets up showdown with Assam

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has put herself in the forefront of yet another another possible “flare up” with Assam government.

Politics

BJP, TMC take path of hate speech in West Bengal ahead of 2019 polls, unveil 'us vs them' narrative

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trying to leave the Communist Party of India (CPM) and Congress in its dust and emerge as the main rival to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), a new political narrative of “us vs them” is being put forth before voters ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.