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Logo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) | Sourav Das | Flickr.com

40 yrs ago, the Left mercilessly massacred Dalit Bengalis. Now, it’s back to haunt them

The Marichjhapi massacre is becoming a symbol of all that is wrong with Left politics.
File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during TMC mega rally in Kolkata | PTI

Nervous Mamata is desperately trying to revive the Left she beat, just to keep BJP out

BJP’s first Lok Sabha fight as main challenger in Bengal and Amit Shah’s claim on 23 seats has forced Mamata to look for ‘allies’ in adversaries.
Rahul Gandhi at the press conference | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Communists who once sided with BJP now irked over no alliance with Congress in West Bengal

With a chequered history, where the Left Front had ‘aligned’ with the BJP, it is impossible for the CPM cadre to adjust themselves with the Congress.
File photo of EMS Namboodiripad | @cpimspeak/Twitter

EMS Namboodiripad, the communist CM who laid foundation of ‘Kerala model’

To mark his 21st death anniversary, ThePrint traces the legacy of Kerala's first chief minister and his relevance for CPI(M)in 2019.
Sabarimala

Kerala’s Communists failed to understand sensitivities of Sabarimala devotees

Democracy is a fine balance between supremacy of law and sanctity of tradition.
Kuldip Nayar

‘Hurts to see journalists bending backwards to remain handmaidens of proprietors, govt’

In his autobiography ‘Beyond the Lines’, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar had expressed regret about the commercialisation of journalism.
Narendra Modi and Amit shah

In Kerala bypoll, BJP takes a beating as ally deserts it

Party, after hyping up its chances, finished third in Chengannur; vote share drops nearly 7 points since 2016 assembly elections.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at an election rally

The bloodbath in Bengal is proof that Trinamool is inspired by the politics of the Left

The BJP, the Left and the Congress party, in a rare show of unanimity, have termed the violence during the panchayat elections a ‘murder of democracy’.

Wanting an ‘apolitical’ Kisaan Long March is just an extension of middle class arrogance

The desire for an apolitical Kisaan Long March smacks of an assumed ownership over the idea of ‘politics.’

TalkPoint: After Lenin, who will BJP raze next? Nehru?

Experts weigh in on the razing of Vladimir Lenin's statue in Tripura.

On Camera

Shoppers walk through South City Mall in Kolkata | Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Wrong to raise alarm over slowdown in India’s consumption

Consumption cannot bail out an ailing economy. It is the consequence of a good or bad economic environment, no matter which way we calculate GDP.
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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

Defence

A Rafale fighter jet, manufactured by Dassault Aviation SA

Break-in at IAF’s Paris office handling Rafale procurement, cops probe espionage angle

The IAF's office in Paris houses the team that coordinates with Dassault Aviation on manufacture of Rafale jets and the weapons package onboard the aircraft.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.