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File photo of former West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattachary | Ashok Nath Dey

Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, the last Left chief minister of West Bengal

On his 75th birthday, ThePrint recalls the achievements and setbacks faced by the CPM leader.
Residents stand in line at a volunteer humanitarian aid camp set up for medical treatments in the Macarao neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela | Adriana Loureiro Fernandez/Bloomberg

Venezuela represents the failure of the Left

While many on the Left are now keen to disavow any connection to the Venezuelan disaster, their earlier enthusiasm is on the record.
Sabarimala temple in Kerala | PTI

Congress’ stand on Sabarimala can determine BJP’s success in Kerala

On Sabarimala, all political parties have taken positions like deft chess players trying to checkmate the other.
Puja being conducted in the Sabarimala temple | PTI

Sabarimala temple row brings atheist Left face to face with religion, yet again

To take on BJP's push in Kerala, the CPM has been forced to talk about religion in the latest issue of its mouthpiece 'People's Democracy'.
Ramit Verma and Kunal Kamra in "Waah Modiji Waah" t-shirts | thepeeinghuman/Twitter

‘Waah Modiji Waah’: Left-liberals like Kunal Kamra only help Narendra Modi

Modi wants to occupy all mind-space, and ‘Waah Modiji Waah’ t-shirts help that cause. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Rob Stothard - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Indian intellectuals hate Rahul Gandhi as much as they hate Narendra Modi

Many of them are uncomfortable with Narendra Modi’s style, and crave for Vajpayee and his seemingly ‘Right wing’ liberal legacy.
Swami Vigyanand at World Hindu Congress | Facebook/WorldHinduCongress

Radical left is bullying Hindus in the US

Silencing or suppressing a gathering where Hindus from across the diaspora participate is counterproductive.
Police detain activists during a protest against the arrest of activists in connection with Bhima-Koregaon violence | PTI

Shoddy solutions won’t work to tackle the new Maoist-Naxal menace

Maoist-Naxal forces have weakened in their actual areas of origin, but urban sympathisers have expanded their influence.
Activists display placards during a protest against the arrests of activists and alleged state repression, in New Delhi | PTI

For Left-liberals, winning hashtag battles with #MeTooUrbanNaxal seems to be enough

To own abuses like a trophy on social media has become a predictable strategy for India's Left-liberals.
Mamata Banerjee turned the whole Left tide in 2008 Panchayat polls changing Bengal politics | PTI

A dramatic 2008 Panchayat poll turned the tide in Bengal. That’s why 2018 is vital again

The 2008 polls were a precursor to the Left’s loss of power. The state has followed a similar voting pattern since, where a strong showing at the local level is repeated at the bigger polls.

On Camera

elections

Is EC over-regulating elections with strict code of conduct or is it doomed in digital era?

The Election Commission has barred the political parties from releasing their election manifestos in the 48 hours prior to voting.

Defence

Gunman kills 25-year-old youth in Pulwama district

Police are hunting down the assailant who killed the man near his residence
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

China humiliated India because of these 5 fatal follies of Modi Doctrine

India looks less equal to China than 5 years ago, US alliance is hobbled by trade, and Pakistan looks anything but chastened by Balakot. What’s gone wrong?