Aniruddha Ghosal (for Info only, not official)

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Aniruddha Ghosal

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    ...Inside was a tiny wooden house — just large enough to fit young readers who could nestle inside with a book. Until I couldn’t. It was the summer of 2000, eight years after the demolition of the Babri Masjid and two years before the post-Godhra riots, when I stumbled across Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights — the first in His Dark Materials trilogy. The unalterable fact that I no longer fit inside the wooden house and this book that introduced me to ideas of fanaticism and sustained incredulity marked the realisation that I wasn’t a child anymore. I was completely unaware of the religious and political controversy surrounding the book, caring only about the surprisingly dark themes that it dealt with. It was my first experience of reading a book that sought not to spell things out, but to challenge me to think differently. Afterwards, I got myself a grown-up membership. Like an old friend one turns to at times of doubt, I have returned to the trilogy repeatedly since. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 13, 2017, 12:55 a.m.

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    ...This aura of ‘incorruptibility’, however, is also turning out to be the party’s Achilles’ heel. Every accusation hurled at Kejriwal and his party, whether by rebel AAP leaders like Kapil Mishra or the BJP, is aimed at puncturing the very thing that made AAP so different from other political parties. Now, with Kapil Mishra making accusations, many without conclusive evidence while going on a hunger strike which is punctuated by carefully planned theatrics, most in AAP are in no position to appreciate the irony of the situation. ...

    Indian Express on May 16, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

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    ...TMC MP Derek O’Brien said that, “Trinamool will not attend Parliament on 1 February because of Saraswati Puja which is a big day in Bengal”. He added that on Saraswati Puja day, there is a custom of keeping away from work and not even touching the tools. However, a party release on Facebook claimed, “Trinamool MPs will not be present in Parliament on the first two days of the Budget Session in protest against #DeMonetisation which was implemented without taking Parliament into confidence, and restrictions on withdrawal limits from bank accounts which are still in force.” To say that the TMC is angry over the arrest of two MPs by the CBI in connection with the chit fund scam would be an understatement. ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 30, 2017, 2:45 p.m.

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    ...A party vice president spelled it out, while speaking at an election rally at Agartala in Tripura, when he predicted that Banerjee would be Prime Minister in 2019. While some of that optimism might just be electoral hyperbole, that Mamata dreams of an increased national role can no longer be doubted. Confident following a victory in the Assembly that saw her emerge with 71% majority (211 seats of 294), Banerjee now has the numbers to flex her muscle in Delhi. ...

    Indian Express on Nov. 18, 2016, 8:43 a.m.

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    ...In this age of social media, the grim business of inciting communal violence has changed drastically. Instead of calls from religious institutions, the message comes straight into your phone. Hatred and venom, available at the touch of a button. This has been the gradual change in the nature of communal violence, not just in West Bengal but also other states such as Uttar Pradesh during the last five years. In Bengal, where the robust Bengali-language media adopts a policy described by one senior editor as, “the not giving of too much publicity” to communal incidents in a bid to ensure “the violence doesn’t spread” – this becomes a problem. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 17, 2016, 5:42 p.m.

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    ... Days after Mocambo denied entry to a driver for not being “properly dressed”, the city’s taxi unions have gone on a warpath against the premiere restaurant.The city’s taxi unions have declared that they will not take passengers to or from the restaurant.While some have cited the incident as an example of the way in which the city’s strong trade unions “harm business interests”, the trade unions themselves have argued differently.The unions have argued that while the incident at Mocambo was one instance, drivers are often subjected to such cases of public humiliation and the treatment meted out to them is habitually elitist.One protester explained that most drivers in the city’s taxi fleets are migrants from Bihar, many of them first generation migrants attempting to make a living navigating through the city’s harrowing streets.“But we’re treated like servants, not service providers,” said the driver. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 20, 2016, 6:41 p.m.

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    ... The Supreme Court’s decision on August 31 setting aside the land acquired by the erstwhile Left Front government in 2006 for the setting up of a Nano factory in Singur, is at once a vindication for the Trinamool Congress government and a major, if not entirely unexpected jolt for a tottering Left Front in the state.On August 31, a bench of justices Gopala Gowda and Arun Kumar Mishra ordered the state government to take possession of the 1,000-acre plot and re-distribute it among the land owners within 12 weeks.It added that farmers, who got compensation from the government, to not return the money because their livelihood had been affected for a decade.The bench’s observation that the land had been acquired illegally, naturally left Mamata Banerjee overjoyed.Stating that this had always been her stance, she concluded that “now she can die happy”. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 1, 2016, 1:24 p.m.