articles by Plaban Gupta

Politics

As anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests rock Bengal, BJP goes all out to woo Matuas miffed by Assam NRC

As West Bengal is rocked by anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests, battle lines have been drawn between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.

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Maharashtra and Haryana polls: Modi impact, Gandhis' relevance, Sharad Pawar's resilience; key subplots of the election

The BJP's lackluster performance in Haryana and its inability to increase its seat tally in Maharashtra throws up some interesting lessons for the party

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s appointment as leader of Congress in Lok Sabha is sign of things to come

The anointment of Chowdhury is an indication on how the Gandhis may choose a person to lead the Congress, in case a sulking Rahul Gandhi refuses to take up the mantle again.

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West Bengal doctors' stir is symptom of larger malaise; mass resignations show issue is beyond matter of security

With more doctors threatening to resign unless security is beefed up for them — despite Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s warning of action if they fail to get back to work — it seems the situation is headed for a point of no return.

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Prashant Kishor has largely faltered without 'wave' on his side, faces uphill task as Mamata's poll strategist in Bengal

If Mamata Banerjee manages to retain power in West Bengal in the 2021 Assembly polls, Prashant Kishor would surely hog the limelight again claiming to be the differentiator who stopped the Modi-Shah juggernaut, but if he fails, the moniker of a fair-weather strategist will stick to his name for a long time to come

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LS poll results prove BJP original mascot of political Hindutva; Rahul's wishy-washy attempts won't work

Congress' complete whitewash in Rajasthan and Gujarat — besides Madhya Pradesh where the party has been reduced to a single seat — undercuts the carefully crafted narrative of the electorate's acceptance of Rahul as a Hindu leader and raises doubts over the sagacity of the party apparatchiks to take on Modi-Shah in their own turf

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Lok Sabha Election results: Babul Supriyo eclipses Moon Moon Sen in Asansol, may lead BJP's West Bengal Assembly battle of 2021

Asansol, from where Babul Supriyo is leading, boasts of a mixed population with a substantial number of Hindi-speaking people who back the BJP.

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Lok Sabha Election results: Narendra Modi makes big dent in Bengal as Mamata Banerjee pays for pandering to minorities

The BJP’s rise in West Bengal, where secularism was metaphorically worn on the sleeve as a badge of honour, is attributed to Banerjee’s initial pandering to the minorities.

India

Grim goddess of Hindutva rage

Pragya Singh Thakur represents the Sangh ideal of one willing to sacrifice her life for Akhand Bharat and Bharatiyata, yet she is no Bharat Mata figure herself

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By opting out of Varanasi contest against Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi chose her battles wisely

For Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi, jumping into the fray during the Lok Sabha election, that too directly against Narendra Modi from Varanasi, would have been a different ballgame altogether.

India

Triangular contest for YSR’s political legacy

Chandrababu Naidu, Jagan Mohan Reddy and the Congress are wooing voters with YSR themes

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No Jay-walker in Politics, Galla Goes for Guntur Again

Unfazed by the recent I-T raids, TDP candidate and MD of Amara Raja Group, with declared assets worth `305 crore, is all charged up to give a tough fight to his rivals

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Endgame for the Left in Mamata’s West Bengal?

In West Bengal, the once-mighty Left Front has been in steady decline in the cradle of the communist movement since the Singur and Nandigram fiasco, while the TMC, which replaced it, is portraying itself as the ‘true Left’

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The Grand Mother of Bengal Politics

Bengal, which was bereft of any caste-based polarisation, for the first time, saw leaders courting the organised sect to cross the finishing line