Pallab Bhattacharya

Pallab Bhattacharya is a special correspondent for The Daily Star.

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

Tribal rights activist’s death: A wake-up call for India

In May this year, India's veteran tribal rights activist Stan Swamy had told the Bombay High Court—where he was being tried after being arrested under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful...

June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021

India opens Asia’s longest high-speed track

India today got Asia’s longest high-speed track for testing automobiles including high-end cars.

June 18, 2021
June 18, 2021

South Asia’s Sunshine Moment at UN

On June 8, South Asia acquired a rare salience at the United Nations after the Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected as the new President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for a one...

June 11, 2021
June 11, 2021

Assam’s NRC: Through the prism of a migrants’ descendant

Much has been written about the flawed and controversial National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern Indian state of Assam and the mammoth humanitarian crisis that it has triggered.

June 10, 2021
June 10, 2021

India’s Sedition Law and Media Freedom

Two orders given by India’s Supreme Court in two separate cases early this month have, once again, brought into sharp focus the issue of the colonial-era law relating to sedition in the context of...

May 19, 2021
May 19, 2021

Narada Bribery Case: 2 West Bengal ministers to seek bail again

A day after their arrest in the Narada bribery case, two senior ministers of West Bengal and a Trinamool Congress leader are set to appeal the Calcutta High Court’s stay on their bail granted by a...

May 18, 2021
May 18, 2021

Narada Bribery Case: Mamata’s 2 ministers sent to jail

The Calcutta High Court last night stayed the bail granted by a trial court to two senior West Bengal Ministers Firhad Hakim and Subrata Mukherjee, and ruling TMC legislator Madan Mitra and former...

May 16, 2021
May 16, 2021

PM Hasina’s letters to Mamata, Sarma: Beyond niceties

Seldom does an assembly or Lok Sabha election in any Indian state arouse as much interest among the people across the country’s border as in Bangladesh. The results of the recent assembly polls in...

May 12, 2021
May 12, 2021

The future of Covid-19 vaccines: Will there be a patent waiver?

As much of the world continues to reel under the coronavirus crisis, there is an increasingly frantic scramble for more and more vaccines in countries seeking to protect their people against the...

May 10, 2021
May 10, 2021

Ray and His Political Films

“Films cannot change society. They never have. Show me a film that changed society or brought about any change,” said master director Satyajit Ray in an interview for the American magazine Cineaste...