articles by Suhit K Sen

Politics

Ex-Congress MP Jitin Prasada is marginal player, but his switch to BJP raises questions for both parties

The BJP has always made a big production of its shtick about the Congress’ dynastic politics, but now it is welcoming a motley crew of dynasts into its ranks with no apparent sense of irony

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Sedition law an affront to democracy; both public debate, judicial intervention crucial to remove provision

There is a substantial case to be made for taking section 124(A) or sedition law out of the IPC, given that it has no relevance in a democracy and plenty of scope for misuse

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Alapan Bandyopadhyay row: Centre's transfer order a case of overreach, undercuts PM's 'cooperative federalism' talk

This latest act of unilateralism from the Centre, which doesn’t seem to have been thought through properly, is vindictive and out of court. Pique cannot be a basis for governance

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Amid image management, Opposition letter will help Centre focus better on tackling COVID-19

The lack of infrastructure and space to cremate or bury the dead and the sight of numerous bodies floating down the Ganges in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are bringing home to us new horrors.

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West Bengal election results show BJP gainers in new bipolarity, but TMC holds commanding heights

For the first time in Bengal, thus, a bipolarity has been established between a ruling bloc and a Hindutva force. That’s a big step forward for the BJP, whatever anyone says, but it’s also a huge victory for the supposedly incumbency-hit TMC.

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Madras HC's rebuke to EC was warranted; poll body must answer for inadequate COVID-19 safety measures

The ECI failed most notably in issuing detailed guidelines for campaigning activities and making sure they were followed

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COVID-19 second wave: Tough but region-specific measures are needed to halt virus surge

The Central and the state governments must move more quickly than they have to contain a potentially disastrous situation

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Maoist ambush in Bastar: To curb Naxal threat, lessons must be taken from Bengal experience

West Bengal's Operation Barga holds lessons for centre's answer to Bastar attack; it wasn't only brute force that broke the back of the Naxal movement

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West Bengal Assembly Election 2021: BJP parachutes MPs to fight state polls, TMC defectors fail to cheer

The BJP seems to be scrambling to find 294 candidates to contest the April elections and there seems to be some degree of lack of coordination in the entire process

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'Toolkit' case: Judge Rana's stern castigation of Delhi Police in Disha Ravi's arrest points to flaws in action against her

Disha's arrest itself raises a host of questions – both with regard to the manner in which the Delhi Police picked her up from her home in Bengaluru and the charges levelled against her.

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West Bengal polls 2021: Top guns alone won't win BJP state; Mamata's populism a hard barrier to break

Mamata's TMC has pitched this election as a contest between the people of Bengal and ‘outsiders’. It doesn’t help counter that strategy by relying on national leaders to fight the party’s battles.

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In Bengal, BJP steps into minefield by mixing Lord Ram, Netaji even as defections fail to deter Trinamool

If the Left Front-Congress alliance works out, the BJP will have to work much harder for its vote share.

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Suvendu Adhikari's 'strongman' status is highly questionable; Mamata unlikely to face stiff challenge in Nandigram

It is important to remember that Suvendu Adhikari barely got two MLAs to quit alongside him from his ‘stronghold’ and another three from other districts

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West Bengal polls 2021: Relying on defectors will exacerbate existing tensions, BJP will have to reinvent itself

The AIMIM foray may not amount to much in Bengal, given the distinctly Bengali identity of Bengali Muslims. Nevertheless, that will play into the equation. But BJP can't rely on Owaisi to mount a challenge to the TMC, especially with Banerjee’s latest slew of welfare schemes pulling a lot of popular heft.

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With Suvendu Adhikari's departure from Trinamool, Bengal politics is more roiled than ever

Suvendu Adhikari's departure from TMC does not mean that everything is cut and dried. It’s possible that in the coming weeks, more Suvendu ‘loyalists’ will join BJP. But until that happens, what kind of traction he will have in his new home is debatable

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Bail for some, jail for others: Understanding the skewed reasoning of the apex court's judicial process

While it is encouraging that the grant of bail has been prioritised in some cases, a number of other journalists are languishing in prison, with the top court doing little about their plight

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Dissent in Congress: As disgruntlement resurfaces, time for party to move forward; mere introspection is not enough

At the national level, the Congress needs to revive itself to provide the necessary framework for a national Opposition

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BS Koshyari's overreach threatens federal tenet of strong government-governor relationship

It was not just the fact that Koshyari chose to make an intervention, his manner of doing so was immeasurably crass and was a direct assault on constitutional values

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BJP national reshuffle exposes Bengal fault lines; Mukul Roy, Anupam Hazra get key posts, Rahul Sinha dumped

While no reshuffle of this magnitude can possibly be uncontroversial, some decisions taken with regard to West Bengal certainly look a bit on the quixotic side.

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Delhi riots: Chargesheet ignores hate speech by Kapil Mishra and others, makes mockery of justice

Commentators, neutral observers, journalists and academics were struck from the very outset by the fact that the anti-CAA protests were ‘non-political’ in the sense that they were not organised or led by political parties