Pallab Bhattacharya | The Daily Star
  • Pallab Bhattacharya

  • What does the future hold for Assam?

    It seems like “Yesterday Once More” in the political churn in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. First, it is the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to weed out
  • Quota politics in Indian election season

    Quota politics has taken the centre stage ahead of fresh parliamentary elections due in April-May of this year. The Lok Sabha, the lower House, and the Rajya Sabha, the upper
  • The real on reel, without sugarcoating

    It was a balmy summer evening in mid-1970s when I first got to see director Mrinal Sen at a get-together in a club set up by my friends in my locality in a south Kolkata suburb. It was at the height of the Naxalite movement and the subjects of discussion with Mrinal-da, as he was popularly called then, were films and politics.
  • Farm loan waivers and political imperatives in India

    It is election season in India and it is raining sops for farmers, the most key segment of the electorate, in the form of farm loan waivers running into thousands of crores of Rupees.
  • Indian bank unions strike to protest merger bid

    Operations in India's state-owned banks were hit across the country yesterday by a strike called by unions against the government's proposed move to merge three banks.