Thursday, 20 January, 2022
TopicLeft front

Topic: Left front

Violence isn’t new in BJP states. But Lakhimpur Kheri and Darrang mark a new turn

We see a clear parallel between Lakhimpur Kheri, Darrang and the temporalisation of violence under another mission-driven government, the Left Front in Bengal.

Decimated in elections, Bengal’s stunned Communists see no light at the end of the tunnel

Not only has the CPI(M)-led Left Front drawn a blank, for the first time since the 1952 elections, its vote-share has dropped to a paltry 5%. 

Bengal woke up and chose violence at birth. TMC is no exception to that norm

From Naxalbari, Nandigram to now, Bengal was never insulated from political violence. TMC rule has seen an escalation, but BJP's solution is no solution.

Kerala’s Deng Xiaoping, Pinarayi Vijayan is showing Bengal’s Left how it’s done

With the LDF's historic win in Kerala, CM Pinarayi Vijayan has further increased his clout before the CPM's central leadership, especially with the Left drawing a blank in Bengal.

Aishe Ghosh, Kanhaiya Kumar are doing what Left leaders should have done long ago

JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh’s decision to contest West Bengal election marks a welcome change in what has been at the root of Left's decline in India.

How BJP became TMC’s challenger in Bengal, wooing elite and working-class Hindus

While the Bengali bhadralok's support to the Left came riding on an anti-Congress mindset, their honeymoon with CM Mamata Banerjee's TMC was also brief.

Congress, Left Front leaders discuss seat sharing for upcoming West Bengal assembly polls

West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury says seat sharing talks have been positive between the 2 parties, and will likely conclude by January end.

‘Not Indian language’ — VHP tells Travancore Devaswom Board not to appoint Arabic teachers

VHP has asked TDB to withdraw its order of appointing Arabic teachers in schools that the board runs in Kerala, says Arabic is not an Indian language.

Congress needs to get away from Left as far as possible or nothing will be left of it

Congress party eulogises Kanhaiya Kumar and its leaders retweet his views, but he doesn’t reciprocate the same.

From Soviet Union in Alimuddin Street to a watch repair shop in Singur

The Revolution stands still while people yearn for change.

On Camera

YourTurn

UP CM Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow, January 2022 | PTI

TV news is 90% politicians, 5% experts, 5% anchors. UP coverage is finally changing that

‘First to report’ — TV channels love self-praise. But when it comes to UP elections, they are doing something actually praise-worthy.
Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai | Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Exotic forex derivatives make comeback in India as RBI pushes to deepen markets

RBI allowed lenders to offer derivative products this month. Banks like ICICI Bank & Axis Bank sold barrier forex options to customers including Reliance Industries & Supreme Petrochem.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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