Joyeeta Basu

Temples that are emerging from inside houses.

Vishwanath Corridor will be ready by June 2021: CEO of Kashi temple trust

‘We have paid every single person who has been shifted out of this place, including the illegal encroachers.’   Varanasi:...

The Rajbhar family in front of their pucca house.

Last mile delivery in Varanasi: A diary

If government for the poor is the avowed aim of the PM, there is no doubt that it is also...

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Modi’s Varanasi sun rises in East UP

BJP is banking on Varanasi, which is Purvanchal’s religious, cultural and commercial nerve centre, to do well in the region....

Manoj Sinha at his residence-cum-election office in Ghazipur.

Politics is about chemistry, which is in favour of BJP: Manoj Sinha

‘I hope all sections of society vote for development. Much work has been done by the Modi government for the...

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Development puts up a stiff challenge to caste in Ghazipur

Like elsewhere in Varanasi’s vicinity, road building activities are going on everywhere in Ghazipur.   Ghazipur: On the eastern fringes...

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Assam worries if dying fires of identity politics stoked again

CAB has given rise to fears among Assam’s indigenous population of becoming a minority in their own land.   Guwahati...

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CAB not an issue, development is, so BJP will sweep: Assam Minister

‘Congress is playing a double game. Rahul Gandhi or Congress party is saying something different in Brahmaputra Valley and something...

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BJP facing CAB headwinds in Assam

But for its insistence on pursuing the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), BJP would have swept Assam, easily. Now it is...

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Song and dance and smartphones, an Assam diary

The most vocal supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Guwahati invariably turned out to be migrants either from Uttar...

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Khilonjiya issue bothers educated Gauhati

Thanks to BJP’s CAB move, Upamanyu Hazarika is getting some traction among Gauhati’s educated elite, making BJP’s harshest critics and...

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Bengal gears up for Mamata Didi vs Uncle Modi in sullen silence

Kolkata/New Delhi: Something is going on in Bengal. In silence, in hushed tones, in drawing room discussions, face to face...

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Voices from the ground: A Telangana election diary

The young state will hold its first ever Assembly elections on 7 December.   HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI:   LAND WOES IN...

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Naidu’s plan is to make KCR part of the Congress-TDP front: BJP

‘KCR laid a trap right from day one, and knowingly or unknowingly BJP went into it. The trap was to...

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We will win a minimum of 80 seats: TRS

‘The CM’s welfare schemes have benefited 1.5 crore people.’   HYDERABAD/NEW DELHI: In Telangana, even rivals of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi...

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We will get 60-plus seats on our own: Congress

‘Congress is a grand old party. We have experienced leaders. Saying that Congress is being remotely controlled by Chandrababu Naidu,...

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Perception battles reality in Telangana

HYDERABAD: The run-up to the Telangana Assembly elections is turning out to be a battle of perceptions, much before the...

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State of Despair: A Bengal Diary

Bengal has discovered the shortcut to happiness: long leaves and non-stop festivities.   Bengal is worried. In almost every second...

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Lies, damned lies and perception

Thomson Reuters Foundation damns India in a poll based on perceptions, and not on data.   Who would have thought...

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Lingayat votes alone will not decide a government: Settar

‘The clash between Lingayats and Veerasaivas is bound to aggravate. The rivalry between the mathas representing these sections is also...

Iraq receives $30 billion pledge for reconstruction, India ready to help

The international community got together in Kuwait this week, at the initiative of the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad...

Gujarat was not about Rahul or Congress, it was about BJP vs BJP

Now that paeans have been sung to Rahul Gandhi’s “moral victory” in Gujarat, it’s time to do a quick check...

BJP confident OBCs have blunted Hardik factor in Gujarat

Information coming from Gujarat suggests that there may have been a massive consolidation of OBC (Other Backward Classes) votes in...

‘Think 2019, don’t delay reforming GST’

The twin measures of demonetisation and Goods and Services Tax have dealt a blow to trade in Gujarat, particularly to...

Mukul Roy vows to dislodge Mamata Banerjee from power

Mukul Roy, one of the architects of West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress (TMC), and for long the second-in-command to Mamata Banerjee...