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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.

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CPI(M) gives in to lure of social media, goes digital to target youth

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will try to reconnect with younger audience by utilising social media ahead of assembly polls in Bengal and revamp its mouthpieces in different states

People read Ganashakti at Central Avenue in Kolkata on Wednesday. The mouthpiece is trying to attract new readers by increasing its visibility through social media.(Subhendu Ghosh/HT photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2016 03:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

CPI(M) to revive ghost of Singur to target Mamata Banerjee

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is gearing up to counter the Trinamool Congress in the upcoming West Bengal assembly polls by showcasing the industrial drive which was initiated under former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s rule.

Tata Motors’ Singur project was abandoned after Mamata Banerjee’s movement against land acquisition.(Prateek Choudhury/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2016 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

CPI(M) to turn attention to dalits, adivasis for poll revival

Once a propagator of classless society as the ultimate goal of Marxism, the CPI(M), in the aftermath of its crushing defeat at the hustings, now wants to reach out to Dalits, backward classes and adivasis in the Hindi heartland.

In the draft organisational report, which is being discussed behind closed doors at the Kolkata plenum, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury charted out a course of action for reaching out to the Dalit and backward classes.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 30, 2015 12:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

CPI(M) admits to mass alienation in plenum report in WB

Three hours after promising to revive the aborted industries at Singur and Nayachar if voted to power in West Bengal in 2016, the central leadership of the CPI(M) admitted behind closed doors that the organisation was suffering from mass alienation.

CPI(M) activists hold flags and huge party symbol in an open rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2015 06:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Joining hands with Congress? CPM divided

CPI(M) leaders are largely divided on whether the party should go for an electoral understanding with the Congress before the forthcoming assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala. For obvious reasons, the topic is being discussed behind closed doors.

Sitaram Yechury, Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and Prakash Karat at the Brigade Parade Ground on Sunday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT photo)
Published on Dec 28, 2015 02:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

CPI(M) divided over joining hands with Cong for Bengal polls

CPI(M) leaders are largely divided on whether the party should go for an electoral understanding with the Congress before the forthcoming assembly polls in West Bengal and Kerala. For obvious reasons, the topic is being discussed behind closed doors.

CPI(M) activists hold flags and a huge party symbol at a rally in Kolkata.(PTI)
Published on Dec 28, 2015 12:52 AM IST
By, Kolkata

In Cong's failure lies Modi's emergence: Buddhadeb

In his first interview ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, CPM politburo member and former West Bengal chief minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, tells Tanmay Chatterjee the Congress has failed to deliver.

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Updated on Apr 15, 2014 10:21 AM IST
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Why red show turned pale

The flags were dazzling red and the half-a-million faces in the crowd were eager and determined. But the white dhoti-kurta clad gentlemen sermonising from the 50-feet high podium — so that the last man at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground can see his leaders — were a let down in Sunday’s rally.

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Updated on Feb 12, 2014 02:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Where murders are a part of village life

Though Domkal has a history of violence, residents over the years have learnt to look the other way and move on in life

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Updated on Jul 23, 2013 11:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Beldanga/rejindarnagar

Party norms keep Karat safe at top

What helped CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat to emerge unchallenged at the central committee meeting in Hyderabad even as his party looked for reasons for its electoral debacle? The answer lies in the party’s norms and conventions, which, when summed up, go by the name ‘democratic centralism’.

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Updated on Jun 13, 2011 12:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Hyderabad

Post-poll, CPM takes stock

With the party in a shambles following the most disastrous election results in three decades under his stewardship, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat is a beleaguered man. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Jun 10, 2011 11:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Hyderabad

Results put a stop to Buddha’s smile

Jyoti Basu called it quits in September 2000. This brought Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to the scene. At that time, he was CPI(M)'s poster boy. Everybody was convinced that a change was in the offing. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on May 14, 2011 05:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

People listened to call for change: Left

Mediapersons outnumbered CPI(M) supporters and leaders on Friday at Muzaffar Ahmad Bhawan, the CPI(M) headquarters at Kolkata’s Alimuddin Street.

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Updated on May 14, 2011 05:03 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Singur, Nandigram leave poster boy a tragic hero

In September 2000, when CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu took the bow from his cabinet colleagues, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee appeared to be a poster boy who would change the face of archaic bureaucracy in the corridors of power and character of the arrogant CPI(M) cadre on the street. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on May 14, 2011 01:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

‘Poll result was not expected’

A day after Left Front chairman Biman Bose ebulliently predicted that the Front would win a comfortable majority in the assembly elections, the state CPI(M) headquarters at Alimuddin Street was a picture of woe. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on May 14, 2011 01:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

People listened to call for change: Left

Mediapersons outnumbered CPI(M) supporters and leaders on Friday at Muzaffar Ahmad Bhawan, the CPI(M) headquarters at Kolkata’s Alimuddin Street. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on May 13, 2011 11:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Babu takes on ex-boss

Unlike his predecessors, legendary physician Bidhan Chandra Roy, renowned barrister Siddhartha Shankar Ray and Marxist icon Jyoti Basu, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee needed time to build an identity for himself when he became the chief minister in 2000. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Apr 27, 2011 03:35 PM IST
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Left now eyes 62 'marginal' seats from south Bengal

The outcome of the Battle for Bengal now rests on the results of not more than 62 of the 294 assembly constituencies. At least, this is what the CPI(M) strategists at Alimuddin Street believe. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Apr 22, 2011 02:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

'Party workers have not delivered across Bengal'

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose admits to the anti-incumbency factor, but says the Left will return to power in West Bengal. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Apr 09, 2011 05:01 PM IST

We made mistakes

Days ahead of the watershed assembly elections in West Bengal, Tanmay Chatterjee catches Biman Bose in an introspective mood at Alimuddin Street as he speaks about the highs and lows of the Left government.

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Updated on Apr 07, 2011 03:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

That ’70s town

Life in the sleepy town has changed drastically in the last three decades. A centre for culture and heritage has turned into a trade hub. But residents are clearly divided on whether there has been any real progress. Tanmay Chatterjee & Surojit Ghosh Hazra report.

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Updated on Apr 01, 2011 05:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTanmay Chatterjee & Surojit Ghosh Hazra, Suri

Mamata has not done anything for people

A member of the CPI(M) central committee, the Bengal secretariat and the Rajya Sabha, Shyamal Chakraborty has always been much more than a leader of the CITU. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Apr 03, 2011 03:51 PM IST
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91 sitting MLAs get Left boot

The ruling Left Front on Sunday dropped 91 sitting MLAs, including nine ministers, from the list of candidates for the assembly elections, in an attempt to beat the anti-incumbency wave.

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Updated on Mar 13, 2011 11:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

50 new faces in CPM draft list, 3 ministers dropped

The CPI(M) has dropped three sitting ministers from the draft list of candidates, and included 50 new faces, in a bid to counter its first formidable foe in 33 years —Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Apr 01, 2011 05:18 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

We have realised our mistakes: Buddha

"Those who have left us in anger have to be brought back. We have realised our mistakes," said CPI(M) leader and West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at a rally in the heart of Kolkata today.

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Updated on Feb 13, 2011 11:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Why Prakash Karat climbed down

The recent CPI(M) conclave in Vijayawada will be remembered as one in which the central leadership conceded major ground to the regional satraps.

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Updated on Aug 11, 2010 12:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Vijayawada

Stand on N-deal was faulty: CPM

The CPI(M) central leadership overestimated its own strength when it made a failed bid to block the civilian nuclear deal between India and the United States in 2008, according to the party’s confidential review report that was adopted on Tuesday.

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Updated on Aug 11, 2010 12:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByNagendar Sharma & Tanmay Chatterjee, New Delhi

CPM works at Cong, Trinamool break-up

On Day 3 of the CPI(M)'s central committee meeting here, Mamata Banerjee seemed to have captured the maximum mind space of party leaders. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Aug 10, 2010 12:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Vijaywada

Cong as ally? Never say never: Karat

In an effort to reduce the growing irrelevance of the Left, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat on Sunday did not discount the possibility of support to a Congress-led government in future, reports Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on Aug 09, 2010 12:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Vijaywada

Tension clouds CPM core committee meet

The schisms and subterranean factionalism in the CPI(M) reared their head in Vijaywada where the party is holding an extended meeting of its central committee.

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Updated on Aug 08, 2010 12:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Vijayawada
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