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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.

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Bureaucratic centralism

The central leadership of the CPI(M) does not have a single mass leader, and its lower rungs are impossibly corrupt. Result: a party in a permanent state of drift. Tanmay Chatterjee writes.

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Updated on Jul 13, 2010 12:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Biman cautions party ranks

The CPI(M) has failed to douse class consciousness within a section of its ranks and steer it towards people’s movement, Biman Bose, state secretary of CPI(M), has admitted in a recent document being circulated by the party.

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Updated on Apr 11, 2010 07:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Left breaks mould, tries hand at mass contact

A crowd of nearly four lakh people, giant cutouts of Jyoti Basu, attacks on Mamata Banerjee for “helping Maoists”, criticisms of the UPA government for failing to control inflation and Sunday traffic going haywire.

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Updated on Feb 07, 2010 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Rethink ties with Mamata: Karat to Cong

The CPI(M) central leadership on Saturday urged the Congress to have a rethink on its United Progressive Alliance partner Trinamool Congress, “which spearheads violence in co-ordination with Maoists”. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Feb 07, 2010 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Kolkata streams out as nation bids farewell to Basu

If Kolkata seemed to show little grief for its most famous resident Jyoti Basu on Sunday when his body was taken to a mortuary from the hospital he died in, the city witnessed an outpouring of emotion on Tuesday. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Jan 20, 2010 12:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

End of an era for CPM

In Jyoti Basu’s demise at the age of 95, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has lost a veteran who was not only a leader with phenomenal mass appeal but also a sophisticated master of coalition politics and a leading pragmatist in his party, reports Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on Jan 18, 2010 01:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

When he almost became PM

The time: April and May, 1996. Jyoti Basu, then a few months short of his 82nd birthday, came within a whisker of becoming Prime Minister after Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s first term as premier had ended after 13 days.

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Updated on Jan 18, 2010 01:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

First politburo’s last member

Jyoti Basu was the last of the founder-politburo members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He was part of the so-called “gang of nine” senior leaders who walked out of the undivided Communist Party of India (CPI) to form the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1964, write Avijit Ghosal & Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on Jan 18, 2010 01:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAvijit Ghosal & Tanmay Chatterjee

CPI(M)’s first politburo loses last member

Jyoti Basu was the last of the founder-members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He was part of the so-called “gang of nine” senior leaders who walked out of the undivided Communist Party of India (CPI) to form the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1964.

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Updated on Jan 17, 2010 03:12 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAvijit Ghosal & Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata

Greed ruining CPM in Bengal: Karat

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat said on Sunday the “glorious history” of the party in West Bengal had been tarnished by the greed for power and money of some, reports Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on Nov 30, 2009 02:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

CPM wants to get rid of ‘errant’ members

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) wants all its members to declare their immovable and movable assets, sources of income of all family members and relationships with businessmen and realtors (if any), at regular intervals, reports Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on Nov 29, 2009 01:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

The blindfolded visionary of Bengal

He was a man revered for his public image — almost as spotless as his white dhoti-kurta — for his first six years as successor to Jyoti Basu as chief minister of West Bengal. Then Nandigram happened in 2007. Since then, he has been pilloried as a “blindfolded” apostle of industry. Tanmay Chatterjee writes.

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Updated on Nov 15, 2009 12:36 AM IST
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No Left turn in Bengal and Kerala

The Left was emphatically rejected by voters in 10 constituencies in West Bengal and three in Kerala in the Assembly byelections.

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Updated on Nov 11, 2009 12:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTanmay Chatterjee and Ramesh Babu, Kolkata/thiruvanthapuram

Trainjack: CPM targets Mamata

The CPI(M) on Wednesday capitalised on the Trinamool Congress’s change of stance on Maoists and alleged that Mamata Banerjee’s party had a hand in Tuesday’s train hijacking.

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Updated on Oct 29, 2009 12:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTanmay Chatterjee & Nagendar Sharma, Kolkata

Mamata works out formula for Bengal assembly by-elections

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee seems to have worked out a seat sharing formula formula with the help of the Congress in the 10 Assembly seats in Bengal where by-elections will be held on November 7, reports Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on Oct 09, 2009 10:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Let Front Allies of the CPI(M) in Bengal oppose use of UAPA

Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is once again standing in the line of friendly fire from the allies of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Oct 06, 2009 11:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

3 lakh at Left rally, yet a flop show

About 300,000 people came to the Left Front rally in Kolkata on Monday afternoon. The Front’s target was about 600,000, the figure the Trinamool Congress had posted at its July 21 rally.

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Updated on Sep 01, 2009 12:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Losing grassroots to Trinamool

After the Left Front’s resounding victory in the West Bengal assembly elections of 2006, its precipitate decline in 2009 will be the subject of many a Ph D thesis in political science.

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Updated on Aug 29, 2009 11:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

‘I am follower of Marx, won’t join Trinamool’

A day after news of his resignation broke, senior Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) leader Abani Roy, 70, confirmed the development. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Aug 26, 2009 11:44 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Reds clear Mangalkot of Congressmen

Mangalkot is simmering. Marxist cadres have driven out all Congress supporters from Dhanyarukhi, a village in Bardhaman district’s Mangalkot assembly constituency.

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Updated on Jul 24, 2009 12:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Dhanyarukhi (bardhaman)

CPM’s committee raps Bengal Govt

After the humiliation in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the Marxists in its 29-page final review have also admitted to decadence, malpractice, bureaucratic trends and arrogance in the rank. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Jun 29, 2009 12:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Rift in Left out in open

The rift in the ruling Left Front in West Bengal has come out in the open.

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Updated on Jun 26, 2009 01:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Maoists banned after Buddha’s nod: Jaiswal

Did West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee give his consent to the Centre’s decision to ban the Communist Party of India (Maoist)? Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal hinted that he had.

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Updated on Jun 25, 2009 01:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Buddha treads middle path on Maoist ban

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is facing fresh attacks — this time from his own party and other Left Front constituents. Tapan Das and Tanmay Chatterjee report.

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Updated on Jun 24, 2009 12:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByTapan Das ands Tanmay Chatterjee, Kolkata

Why the CPM did not ban Maoists

It is not really surprising that even after the Centre banned the CPI (Maoist) on Monday, the CPI-M — at the receiving end of the rebels’ wrath in Lalgarh in West Midnapore district — seemed reluctant to acknowledge that a ban was the solution to the problem. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on Jun 23, 2009 12:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Use force, risk another Nandigram?

To crack down or not to crack down, that’s West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s dilemma, reports Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on Jun 17, 2009 11:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Finally, Karat admits third front was flop

CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat admitted to his West Bengal comrades on Friday that the Third Front idea had proved a flop.

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Updated on Jun 13, 2009 03:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Battle for Bengal intensifies

Stumped by defeat, reformist Buddha goes on backfoot, shelves projects, reports Tanmay Chatterjee.

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Updated on May 22, 2009 12:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata

Murmurs against Karat continue

The CPI(M) went into damage control mode on Monday to contain the increasingly audible murmurs of the West Bengal unit against party general secretary Prakash Karat, 61, and the central leadership, reports HT.

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Updated on May 19, 2009 12:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByZia Haq, Nagendar Sharma & Tanmay Chatterjee, New Delhi, Kolkata

Tense state treads in fear of big final fight

A tense and nervous West Bengal will wake up for polling on Wednesday, the final day of the month-long general election. Tanmay Chatterjee reports.

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Updated on May 13, 2009 01:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Kolkata
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