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The political calculus of Bengal

WHY, and when, does a politician defect? The simplistic, but not all that simple, answer is money. We have good reason, of course, to be cynical about the morality of politicians. But if money alone was sufficient to buy the loyalty of legislators, there would be serial instability. Too many politicians, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, can resist everything but temptation. Defection remains an occasional game because money is, at best, a one-time payoff. Politicians, like other professionals, prefer a...

Mamata's cherished march to Delhi

AS I was going by car to my hotel in the city centre from Kolkata's new airport on January 27, I noticed a large number of banners posted everywhere saying “Chalo, Brigade Chalo.” Each banner invariably carried a large picture of Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of Paschimbanga and leader of Trinamul Congress (TMC). Wherever I went in Kolkata, I found people talking about the meeting of TMC at the Brigade ground scheduled for January 30. Mamata left no stone unturned...

Sk Jamal storm into IFA Shield final

Sk Jamal storm into IFA Shield final

Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club waltzed into the 118th IFA Shield final with a thumping 3-0 win against East Bengal at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata today. The new leviathans in Dhaka football enjoyed a 2-0 lead in the first half with their Nigerian forward Emeka Darlington opening the scoring in the 23rd minute...

Suchitra Sen passes away

Suchitra Sen passes away

Legendary actress Suchitra Sen dies at a Kolkata hospital, aged 82, after prolonged illness

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Vajpayee weakest PM: Congress

Vajpayee weakest PM: Congress

Days after the Congress .......

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It's Gandhi vs Gandhi

It is being viewed as Gandhi versus Gandhi.....

New book adds fuel to fire

New book adds fuel to fire

A new book by a former top ...

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