Shikha Mukerjee


Group: At least 4,300 Syrians killed in airstrikes

An international rights group says the Syrian regime has been carrying out indiscriminate and sometimes deliberate airstrikes against civilians that have killed at least 4,300 people since last summer.

Voter as victim, leader as saviour

There are more ways in which lineage plays out in India’s chaotic politics than belonging to a family’s gene pool.

The new puffballs of Bengal

Thirty-four years, more or less, of perceived frustration went into the EVMs (electronic voting machines) and delivered a merciless verdict that swept out the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and much of its Left Front coalition partners, bag and baggage. It was third time lucky for Mamata Banerjee and the Trinamul Congress.

Measuring change

The Left in West Bengal has staged a brilliant recovery, even though it is near certain that it will be voted out of power after 34 years when the ballots are counted on May 13. The last stand to stop the tsunami of parivartan has worked; the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has ensured that it will live to fight another day.

Bengal: Change, yes; but doubts too

Like the tide, there is an ebb and flood in popular perception. Except that in West Bengal, the quotidian has been transformed into a dilemma.
From the certainty of paribartan under the Trinamul Congress, chanted as a mantra over the past five years, the question that has replaced it is: Will there be an eighth Left Front government?

Tempest of change

Adaptive solutions are the weapons with which the Trinamul Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front propose to tackle the anxieties and expectations generated by “climate change”. Trinamul Congress leader Mamata Banerjee’s paribartan (change) — a slogan she coined before the 2006 state

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