Articles by Sandip Roy
Jun 13, 2019
Ami Kolkata: A museum housed within Metcalfe Hall re-imagines the City of Joy, reflects its democratic spiritAmi Kolkata has its mandatory Tagore and Ray, but it also has a stairwell lined with quirky posters – old movie classics as well as vintage ads for Horlicks malted milk, Lily barley biscuits, and Firpo’s machine-made bread. It celebrates Kolkata biryani and Chinatown breakfasts as much as it honours its pioneers like Raja Ram Mohun Roy and Begum Roqeya.
May 25, 2019
Lok Sabha election result demolishes myth of BJP-proof West Bengal, but party's journey from No 2 to No 1 won't be easyThe Trinamool fortress had proved impregnable during the last Lok Sabha elections and its Modi wave. They had withstood the BJP in the 2016 Assembly elections despite the Saradha-Narada scandals
May 18, 2019
Bengal Votes: Celeb culture key aspect of Mamata Banerjee's politics, WB CM tactfully uses it to draw voters and cull infightingWhen Anik Dutta’s political satire Bhobishyoter Bhoot was yanked from theatres recently, none of the celebrity MPs and MLAs in Bengal came out in open support of their embattled colleague
May 16, 2019
Bengal Votes: In Basirhat, TMC banks on novice Nusrat Jahan, a Muslim without hardcore communal baggage, but lacks real connect with votersIn reality, Nusrat is every inch a star. She knows Basirhat but as a place where she's done stage shows. She knows how to wave to the crowds like a princess. She refers to them rather regally as 'my people'.
May 15, 2019
Bengal votes: BJP, TMC will spin Vidyasagar episode to suit their needs even as EC decides to end poll campaign earlyTMC' strategy in West Bengal has been to pin BJP down as a trouble-making outside force, and now that the Vidyasagar statue vandalism incident has landed in Mamata Banerjee's lap, she will use it to drive the point home as forcefully as she can
May 12, 2019
Bengal votes: Youths in Asansol, Krishnanagar, Chinsurah struggling to find jobs view voting as obligation, say local politicos have no solutionEven those who dislike the Mamata Banerjee regime can see the improvements: roads, hospitals, streetlights. But when it boils down to their own future, they see little to be hopeful about, nationally or locally.
May 04, 2019
Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew dies: Without saying a single word, Chewbacca epitomised the loyalty of a friendChewbacca was the unlikeliest of stars. This was a man in an ape mask and a hairy suit.
May 02, 2019
Bengal votes: Chinsurah locals show support for BJP, allege Mamata Banerjee indulged in minority appeasementChinsurah is a town with a storied history. It is on the river and used to be a Dutch colony.
Apr 29, 2019
Bengal Votes: In Krishnanagar, voters want jobs, not Ram Mandir; campaigns aren't about real issues, say youths, it's about Modi vs MamataIn cities like Krishnanagar, the goal is a job and not a Ram Mandir. The bigger problem is young voters increasingly feel their real issues are not reflected in a campaign that in Bengal has largely become about Narendra Modi versus Mamata Banerjee.
Apr 26, 2019
Bengal votes: Asansol is beachhead of BJP's advance into state, but voters say CPM was better, 'didn't play Hindu-Muslim card'Asansol with its Masjid, its Hanuman Mandir, and its Sacred Heart Church has become the beachhead for BJP's advance into Bengal. But the stakes are high this election. Suraj Singh, my Ola driver, predicts if Trinamool wins they will make life hell for all the local "BJP boys". The Babul Supriyo win is still a raw wound here for Trinamool.