articles by Shantanu Guha Ray

India

A strange debate is sweeping Kolkata: How free is the freedom of a poet?

Kolkata's celebrated poet Srijata Bandhopadhyay is facing heat because two students in Siliguri have labeled his work blasphemous.

India

JNU missing student: Lost in cacophony of elections, Najeeb Ahmad's mother awaits answers

Fatima Nafees is isolated from the cacophony of the Assembly election for she is on what she calls 'life's biggest search' for her eldest son, Najeeb Ahmed.

India

CBI books ex-chief Amar Pratap Singh: Raids expose hawala deals, tax fraud; throws up a lot of muck

The noose is tightening around former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Amar Pratap Singh & his man in the trenches, meat exporter Moin Qureshi

India

Qnet scam: Should multi-level marketing companies operate in India or shut shop?

In Mumbai, India’s divided city, two people, strangely, hold the key to a curious case which has acquired myriad hues over the last three years.

World

PM Narendra Modi's combative West Asia policy will face its first acid test in ongoing elections

The forthcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh will be the first acid test for Narendra Modi's West Asia policies, as the state has an estimated 38 million Muslims.

India

Trapping a predator: How Sunil Rastogi, 'India's worst paedophile', was finally brought to book

The story of how the police finally took into custody Sunil Rastogi, the Delhi tailor who confessed to having sexually abused over 500 children

long-reads

On the trail of a predator

How Sunil Rastogi, accused of molesting 500 children, was finally brought to book

India

Arnab Goswami, Swamy enter new territory with row over news channel 'Republic'

One of India’s most watched anchor, Arnab Goswami, and his perennial slugfest with Subramanian Swamy, considered the most vocal member of the ruling BJP-led NDA government, reached a different pitch with Swamy blaming the anchor for ignoring his advice and naming his yet-to-be launched media venture in violation of the country’s constitution.

Business

Jignesh Shah and the NSEL scam: New book looks at decimation of FTIL head's empire

A new book called 'The Target' by Shantanu Guha Ray looks at the decimation of NSEL scam accused Jignesh Shah's global empire; how he broke the market monopoly and the price he paid.

Politics

Lok Sabha TV: Lower House's politics trickle into channel's appointments too

The Sangh parivar is seeing red in selection of the editor-in-chief and CEO of Lok Sabha Television where its candidates were outwitted by a last minute entrant who was allegedly backed by Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan.

India

Muzaffarnagar, Akhir Kyon: Documentary, backed by Sangh Parivar, offers new perspective on 2013 riots

Troubled by the Congress and Left parties' narrative of the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, a 36 minute documentary, backed by the Sangh Parivar, will now offer a new perspective, the film ready for telecast in hundreds of colleges - including Left-leaning ones across India.

First Cricket News

BCCI vs Lodha panel: N Srinivasan reportedly calls meeting in Bengaluru to find a way out of SC order

N Srinivasan has reportedly asked like-minded friends to meet up in Bangalore in order to find a way out of the Supreme Court order on BCCI, claim sources.

First Cricket News

BCCI 'should have taken us seriously', says Justice Lodha after SC strips office-bearers of power

"The BCCI showed a total act of defiance, it should not have done that. It should have acted immediately on recommendations, especially when the same were accepted by the Supreme Court," Justice Lodha said.

India

Parasmal Lodha in ED net: How the deal-maker and influencer became a commoner

At an undisclosed lockup, Parasmal Lodha sleeps on the floor covered with prickly blankets, his meals made of flatbread and lentils

Business

How Nusli Wadia's support of Ratan Tata disappeared over time and resulted in defamation suit

Nusli Wadia’s litany of complaints against Ratan Tata could come a cropper as documents now prove he had expressed his happiness with Ratan Tata and even offered help to shape up projects he now calls contentious.

Business

Next US secretary of state Rex Tillerson had advised India to explore for oil globally

Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson flew into balmy Goa a little over a decade ago, his giant aircraft carrying loads of Evian mineral water his office had advised him to drink during his maiden India visit

India

Asaram Bapu rape and murder case: 'We do not want to die,' witnesses petition SC

Witnesses whose deposition could have a serious bearing on a number of cases against self-styled Godman Asaram Bapu and his son, Narayan Sai, have petitioned the Supreme Court with a strange request: They do not want to die.

Life

Medical marijuana could replace cancer drugs, then why is India still reluctant to legalise it?

Pressure is increasing on India, one of the world’s top stoner destinations, to legalise marijuana for medicine, the push triggered by the product’s growing acceptance worldwide as an alternative to cancer drugs.

Business

Tata-Mistry feud: Three incidents that lead to Cyrus' ouster from Tata Sons

Before the board meeting on 24 October 2016, in which Cyrus Mistry was removed, he was asked four times to step down. He refused on all the occasions, say sources

Life

Varanasi: Salvation homes to admit only 'terminally ill' in bid to change its image

Probably troubled with constant criticism that Varanasi is often associated with death and dying, India’s holiest city is turning a new leaf in its attempt to gain a new identity