Pallab Bhattacharya

Pallab Bhattacharya is a special correspondent for The Daily Star.

May 27, 2022
May 27, 2022

India’s Sri Lanka policy faces challenge

India’s Neighbourhood First Policy once again faces a challenge in view of the economic meltdown and consequent political turmoil in Sri Lanka. India’s approach in dealing with the crisis in the island nation has been calibrated and cautious.

May 26, 2022
May 26, 2022

Local polls behind India’s wheat, sugar export curbs

Electoral calculations appear to be one of the key factors behind India’s decision to curb sugar and wheat export, according to industry analysts.

May 10, 2022
May 10, 2022

Feed home or the world? India’s wheat dilemma

In September last year, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Joe Biden in Washington on the margins of the first in-person summit of the Quad group of countries, he had conveyed to him that India was ready to supply food grains to the world if the World Trade Organisation agrees.

April 26, 2022
April 26, 2022

Fresh Churn for the Muslims of Assam

The complex web of religious and linguistic fault lines in the northeastern state of Assam in India is once again set for fresh churn, with implications for the Muslim population there.

April 24, 2022
April 24, 2022

Bangladesh wants to sign CEPA with India in a year

As Bangladesh prepares to graduate into a developing country, its Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi has said his country is keen to clinch a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) or Free Trade Agreement (FTA) not only with India but also with Indonesia and Sri Lanka in a year.

April 16, 2022
April 16, 2022

Cravings for chocolate lands boy in prison

A Bangladeshi teenager was sent to jail in India on Wednesday for illegally crossing into the neighbouring country to buy his favourite brand of chocolate.

April 5, 2022
April 5, 2022

Documentary on Bangabandhu’s stay in Kolkata in the works

The four years Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman spent in Kolkata from 1942 when he studied in Islamia College (later renamed Maulana Azad College) in the city’s central part played a key role in shaping his charismatic personality, said India’s acclaimed director Goutam Ghosh who began shooting a documentary on the subject yesterday.

March 12, 2022
March 12, 2022

Is 2022 precursor to 2024 polls in India?

Holi, the festival of colour, has come a week early for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Even before the full results of the assembly elections in Uttar

March 11, 2022
March 11, 2022

5-State assembly polls: BJP soars, Congress sinks

Overcoming strong anti-incumbency sentiments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP yesterday stormed back into power for a second successive tenure in the most populous and politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.

February 17, 2022
February 17, 2022

Party loyalty in the shifting sand of Indian politics

When RPN Singh quit the Congress and joined the BJP on January 25, 2022, he joined a growing list of politicians switching sides ahead of the coming assembly elections in five Indian states: Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Manipur.