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The Left is dying, but Leftism is alive and kicking

If the two principal parties have turned away from the “neo-liberal” agenda, they must agree the electorate isn't interested in those ideas.
Narendra Modi holding up the peace sign

Do your math. You will see that Modi increasingly looks like a one-term Prime Minister

The BJP has not shown any signs of improving its tally in its weak large states such as West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Trinamool MPs protest

Mamata Banerjee may be worried but Bengalis in Assam confident about NRC acceptance

Mamata Banerjee recently alleged BJP govt was trying to drive out ethnic Bengalis, but even those whose names are missing from first draft aren’t worried.

West Bengal is no longer difficult for the BJP to rise in

The history of Bengal since 1947 shows that the secular-liberal identity and religious identity could be coterminous if an enabling atmosphere exists.
Indo- Bangladesh border

Modi govt’s Mamata headache: 600 km of Bangladesh border still unfenced

Home ministry officials claim lack of cooperation from West Bengal may pose a hurdle in checking illegal immigrants, including Rohingyas.

Mamata Banerjee is in denial mode on Bengal’s dengue crisis

To protect herself, Mamata Banerjee is forcing her administration to turn a blind eye to full-blown public health crisis.

The importance of GI tags: Why Bengal is celebrating its rasogulla victory

The two-and-a-half year battle for custody of the rasogulla saw West Bengal finally defeat Odisha Tuesday. The state was awarded the geographical indication (GI) tag for the ‘Banglar rasogulla’.
A boy eating rasogolla at a sweets shop in Kolkata on Tuesday

Bengal wins GI tag, but not 900-year-old custody battle over Rasogolla

This may not be the last word in the not-so-syrupy confrontation with Odisha as the GI tag has only been given for the “Banglar Rasogolla”.
Ahead of Diwali, jewellery showrooms in Zaveri Bazaar are unusually quiet as thousands of artisans go back home to West Bengal due to job cuts.

Fewer footfalls & fall in demand take a toll on Mumbai’s jewellery workforce

Ahead of Diwali, showrooms in Zaveri Bazaar are unusually quiet as thousands of artisans go back home to West Bengal due to job cuts.
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that Rohingya refugees pose a national security threat to India

Rohingyas are a ‘serious’ threat, Centre tells Supreme Court

The central government is going to state its final stand on deporting Rohingya refugees in the next hearing on 3 October in the Supreme Court.

On Camera

Nitish Kumar in a catch-22 situation after pulling out of Congress-RJD-JD(U) allliance | PTI

Dalit voters will be the X factor in Bihar election — they vote differently than in UP

In UP, Dalit political mobilisation was based on Ambedkarism. In Bihar, it was based on Marxism. That explains the voting patterns.

Kotak Mahindra Bank is exploring taking over IndusInd Bank

IndusInd, however, denied any sale talks, calling it a rumour. It said the bank’s founders reiterate their full support 'now and always'.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.