Tanmay Chatterjee

Tanmay Chatterjee has spent more than three decades covering regional and national politics, internal security, intelligence, defence and corruption. He also plans and edits special features on subjects ranging from elections to festivals.

Articles by Tanmay Chatterjee

Bengal job scam victim gets appointed as teacher seven years after passing test

After getting her appointment letter, Anamika Roy said that this is the happiest day in her life and hoped that others who were deprived like her get justice too

The woman could get the job because the services of two others who scored less than her in the 2016 eligibility test were terminated by the Calcutta high court. (Representative Image)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 08:14 PM IST

CPI(M) decides to stay out of INDIA coordination committee

The will, however, remain a part of the INDIA coalition formed by opposition parties to fight the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury took part in the three meetings the INDIA coalition leaders held in Patna, Bengaluru and Mumbai. (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 05:45 PM IST

Santiniketan in Bengal now part of Unesco’s World Heritage List

Santiniketan, the town in West Bengal where Rabindranath Tagore built Visva-Bharati university, has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The famed Santiniketan town in West Bengal where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (File photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 11:54 PM IST
By, New Delhi

BJP urges Durga puja organisers to project central schemes, promises govt fund

Bengal BJP chief spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said that central ministries may bear their cost of decorations and themes if they are based on social welfare and development projects undertaken by the Modi government

Around 40,000 community Durga pujas are held in Bengal, with Kolkata and its surrounding areas accounting for around 3,000. (File Photo)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 09:35 PM IST

‘Mamata can’t escape responsibility’: Dharmendra Pradhan on JU student’s death

Dharmendra Pradhan said UGC has taken the matter seriously and measures were being taken to prevent ragging on campuses

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan (middle) in Kolkata on Sunday. (Twitter/dpradhanbjp)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Defying Lok Sabha equations, enemies turn allies to control Bengal panchayats

In sharp contrast to the raging INDIA vs NDA debate, BJP’s elected candidates have even supported Trinamool Congress (TMC) in several rural bodies in West Bengal

The recently held West Bengal panchayat polls were marred by widespread violence. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 08:28 PM IST

Ahead of 2024 national polls, BJP replaces organisational unit chiefs in Bengal

On April 14, Union home minister Amit Shah addressed a rally in Birbhum and said BJP must win over 35 of Bengal’s 42 Lok Sabha seats

In the 2021 assembly polls, BJP bagged 77 assembly seats in Bengal. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 12:46 PM IST

INDIA ally CPI(M) won’t tie up with ‘principal adversary’ TMC in Bengal

CPI(M)’s stand triggered speculation that the Congress may adopt a similar strategy.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury during addressing the media after the Opposition parties meet, in Bengaluru on Tuesday.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 07:33 AM IST

Mamata Banerjee’s focus on non-aided, Khareji madrasas trigger ‘vote politics’ row

West Bengal’s projected population in 2021 stood at 101.9 million. During the last 2011 census, the Hindu population stood at 70.54% while Muslims comprised 27.01%

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 08:20 PM IST

Visva-Bharati suspends student for Facebook posts supporting Amartya Sen

Visva-Bharati has been in news since 2018 when Chakrabarty took over as vice-chancellor.

Amartya Sen (File photo)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 04:30 AM IST

‘We were treated like animals’: Manipur village chief recounts ordeal

On May 3, as ethnic clashes broke out in Manipur’s Churachandpur town, Vaiphei knew that the violence would reach their homes sooner than later.

Students hold a candlelight vigil at Chanakya National Law University in Patna. (HT/Santosh Kumar)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 08:01 AM IST
By, Kolkata

As Bengal votes today, the battleground region of Birbhum personifies the stakes

Birbhum is seen as a battleground district in the state. The TMC has won most seats uncontested in the past, but the BJP is now making inroads, capitalizing on dissatisfaction with the ruling party.

Trinamool Congress supporters during a rally ahead of the panchayat elections, at Ahmedpur in Birbhum, on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 12:11 AM IST

How the victim of Bengal’s political violence became a BJP campaigner

Ten people were killed in March 2022 at Bogtui in West Bengal’s Birbhum in retaliation to the murder of a local functionary of the ruling TMC

Mihilal Sheikh campaigning for BJP for the upcoming panchayat polls. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 10:28 AM IST

Bengal pre-poll violence: Not the first time Centre's sent its troops

A look at the past instances where both the state and the Centre had to deploy security cover to ensure safe polls

The SEC said on June 13 that it would require only 22 companies of CAPF. (HT File)
Published on Jun 28, 2023 07:12 PM IST

9.5% of West Bengal panchayat seats uncontested, down from 34%

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) won around 90% of seats in the last round of rural elections in 2018

Kolkata, June 15 (ANI): Security personnel fire teargas shells amid violence in Bhangar during the filing of nominations for West Bengal Panchayat elections, in Kolkata on Thursday. (ANI Photo) (Saikat Paul)
Updated on Jun 23, 2023 01:03 AM IST
By, Kolkata

4 killed in Bengal violence on last day for nominations

On Thursday, the division bench of chief justice TS Sivagnanam and justice Uday Kumar asked the poll body to seek paramilitary assistance from the Union government within 48 hours

A car set ablaze during a clash between supporters of Indian Secular Front (ISF) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Bhangore area (PTI)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Opposition parties in Bengal question civic volunteers deployment during clashes

Several parts of Bengal witnessed sporadic clashes since June 8 when state election commissioner (SEC) Rajiva Sinha announced panchayat polling dates

The filing of nomination papers began on Friday and will continue till June 15. (PTI file image)
Updated on Jun 12, 2023 09:44 AM IST

Nomination filing for rural polls to be videotaped, says Bengal EC

The nomination process for the single-phase polls — to be held on July 8 — began on Friday and has been marked by clashes between workers of different parties

Congress supporters raise slogans during a protest in front of West Bengal State Election Commission office against the alleged killing of their party's worker in Murshidabad district ahead of Panchayat polls, in Kolkata. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 12, 2023 12:32 AM IST
By, Kolkata

Odisha train accident sheds light on plight of labourers leaving home for work

An official of the South Paraganas district, said, “At least a dozen people from the district have died and over 100 were injured in the Odisha train accident.”

Families of the Odisha train accident victims, in Balasore district on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 05, 2023 06:00 AM IST

They brought my son’s photo, said he is dead: Kin of Odisha train accident victim

In Kolkata, government officers monitoring the emergency helpline numbers said they received frantic calls from almost all districts

Workers endeavour to restore the normal train services as they reinstall railway tracks in Odisha on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2023 12:57 AM IST

‘Loud shrieks, blood…': Eyewitnesses recount horror of Odisha train tragedy

Visuals of the accident site showed 15 coaches of the Coromandel Express lying on their side, and passengers crying for help.

Balasore, Odisha, June 02 (ANI): Locals gather after the Coromandel Express derails after hitting a goods train near Bahanaga station in Balasore on Friday. (ANI Photo)
(Sarangadara Bishnoi)
Updated on Jun 03, 2023 08:11 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty,

Bengal governor appoints 10 V-Cs, TMC govt terms decision ‘illegal’

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose appointed 10 senior professors as vice-chancellors of state-run universities, leading to a standoff with the TMC government, which called the move "illegal". The education minister has urged the professors to refuse the appointments and is seeking legal opinion. The Calcutta high court recently overturned the state government's extension of the tenure of 29 V-Cs, citing University Grants Commission regulations that require appointment on the recommendation of a search committee comprising UGC, the governor and the state.

West Bengal governor CV Ananda Bose. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 12:23 AM IST
By, Kolkata:

Shah meets Kuki, Meitei groups amid Manipur violence

Union home minister Amit Shah met politicians, bureaucrats and civil society groups from both warring Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur on Tuesday, in an attempt to quell the violence that has singed the northeastern state for close to a month now and killed at least 80 people.

Union home minister Amit Shah in Churachandpur on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:01 AM IST

Amit Shah, in Manipur, to hold talks with all stakeholders in ethnic clashes

Shah arrived at Bir Tikendrajit Imphal International Airport for a four-day visit at 9.30 pm on Monday, a day after fresh clashes rocked the state.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is being welcomed by Manipur Chief Minister N.Biren Singh as he arrives to hold a series of meetings with various stakeholders of the state, in Imphal on Monday.(N Biren Singh Twitter)
Updated on May 30, 2023 04:35 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/kolkata

‘If I press button, 4 MPs will join’: Abhishek Banerjee’s jab at Bengal Congress

TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee said the “so-called rainbow alliance of the Left and Congress” only helped the BJP in Bengal because the TMC is the main political force in the state

Congress MLA from Sagardighi assembly seat Bayron Biswas joined the TMC at an event chaired by Abhishek Banerjee in West Midnapore district’s Ghatal area (Twitter/aitcRajabar)
Updated on May 29, 2023 07:08 PM IST

Fresh violence in Manipur kills 5, including cop, injures 12

The development came on a day when the Manipur government said that at least 40 Kuki armed militants have been killed by security forces in the last four days.

Indian Army jawans repaired the Wainem Bridge after unidentified miscreants damaged and dislocated its three panels. (ANI)
Updated on May 29, 2023 04:40 AM IST

Amit Shah to visit violence-hit Manipur today; 40 Kuki militants killed so far

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is due to visit Manipur on Monday to hold talks with stakeholders to restore calm.

Smoke billows from a fire that broke out amid clashes between armed groups and security forces in Manipur on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on May 29, 2023 07:44 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/ Kolkata

‘The Diary of West Bengal’: Kolkata police book and summon movie director

The filmmaker dismissed the allegations as “baseless” and said the police case against him was an “attempt to silence the truth”.

HT Image
Updated on May 27, 2023 01:13 AM IST
By, Kolkata

TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee’s convoy attacked in Bengal amid Kurmi agitation

Abhishek Banerjee had visited the Salboni area of Bengal’s Jhargram district as part of his two-month-long Nabo Jowar (new tide) Yatra.

 A damaged vehicle (L) after Kurmi coomunity members allegedly attacked TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's convoy at Gar Salboni in Jhagram, Friday,
Updated on May 27, 2023 04:33 AM IST

A ground report from Manipur

For many in Imphal, the key question is whether the clash between members of the Kuki tribe and the Meitei community was waiting to happen

 Manipur, a small state of 3.6 million people in India’s North-East is struggling to recover from sporadic violence that persists(AFP File Photo)
Published on May 24, 2023 04:50 PM IST
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