Ravik Bhattacharya

Ravik Bhattacharya

Ravik Bhattacharya is assistant editor of Hindustan Times. He has spent over 16 years in journalism covering political, trafficking, crime and human rights issues in various parts of India.

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BJP president Amit Shah will not address public rallies during his stay and will focus on spreading the campaign at the grassroots level. He will also hold meetings with party workers and try to attract Bengali intellectuals.(HT Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah will not address public rallies during his stay and will focus on spreading the campaign at the grassroots level. He will also hold meetings with party workers and try to attract Bengali intellectuals.(HT Photo)

Amit Shah to launch ‘booth chalo’ drive in Bengal

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2017 12:19 PM IST
After Amit Shah launches the exercise, BJP leaders and workers in Bengal will try to visit all households in the state including the residence of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Hindu organisations took out processions on the occasion of Ram Navami in Kolkata.(Samir Jana)
Hindu organisations took out processions on the occasion of Ram Navami in Kolkata.(Samir Jana)

How Bengal’s Ram Navami-Hanuman Jayanti celebrations descended into chaos

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2017 09:49 AM IST
Rioters gutted several shops and vandalised a number of vehicles over the previous week. Police have arrested 12 people under non-bailable sections of the IPC in this connection.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad supporters organised a rally in celebration of Ram Mahotsav and Hanuman Jayanti and demanding construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya at Esplanade in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
Vishwa Hindu Parishad supporters organised a rally in celebration of Ram Mahotsav and Hanuman Jayanti and demanding construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya at Esplanade in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

Hanuman Jayanti celebrations hits the heart of Kolkata, VHP leaders express trust in Modi-Yodi combine to construct Ram Temple

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2017 05:44 PM IST
VHP leaders also targeted Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress government for undermining the aspirations of Hindus in Bengal.
Inmates of Presidency central jail will participate in a unique fashion show, where they will highlight the 12 seasons of Bengal through twelve different types of apparels.(HT Photo)
Inmates of Presidency central jail will participate in a unique fashion show, where they will highlight the 12 seasons of Bengal through twelve different types of apparels.(HT Photo)

Bengal jail inmates go for fashion designing, to walk the ramp on ‘Poila Baishakh’

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2017 05:31 PM IST
Convicts will showcase designer wear made by them in a programme on Bengali New Year.
The bus was decked up at Ultadanga in the northern fringes of Kolkata on Thursday evening.(HT Photo)
The bus was decked up at Ultadanga in the northern fringes of Kolkata on Thursday evening.(HT Photo)

At Re 1 for 17km, cheapest bus in India fuelled by cow dung biogas launched in Kolkata

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2017 10:37 AM IST
A Kolkata-based company has designed a bus that will run on biogas produced from cow dung and will charge a flat fare of Re 1 for a 17.5 km route.
Ram Navami celebrations in North India. The Sangh Parivar has planned elaborate celebrations in Bengal for the first time.(HT Photo)
Ram Navami celebrations in North India. The Sangh Parivar has planned elaborate celebrations in Bengal for the first time.(HT Photo)

RSS, VHP plan mega Ram Navami celebration in Bengal

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2017 02:58 PM IST
Twin objectives: Mobilising public opinion for Ram temple in Ayodhya and Hindu consolidation
Congress workers scatter fake currency notes in the wind in support of the Narada sting operation, which showed several Trinamool leaders taking bribes.(Prateek Choudhary/ HT File)
Congress workers scatter fake currency notes in the wind in support of the Narada sting operation, which showed several Trinamool leaders taking bribes.(Prateek Choudhary/ HT File)

Narada effect? Kolkata Police initiate action against Trinamool MP in fraud case

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2017 06:07 PM IST
The Kolkata Police registered a suo motu FIR against Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP KD Singh and slapped non-bailable sections against him in a multi-crore cheating case late on March 16, a day before the Calcutta high court ordered a CBI probe into the Narada tapes.
The police complaint against Srijato Bandyopadhyay has polarised a vast majority of the people of West Bengal.(Facebook)
The police complaint against Srijato Bandyopadhyay has polarised a vast majority of the people of West Bengal.(Facebook)

Police start case, slap non-bailable section against Bengali poet for hurting ‘religious sentiments’

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2017 07:39 AM IST
Police have also written to Facebook for details of the account from where the controversial poem was posted.
Both the historic victory in the UP Assembly polls and the supreme court’s verdict upholding CBI investigation in Narada sting operation will add momentum to BJP’s drive in Bengal before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(HT Photo)
Both the historic victory in the UP Assembly polls and the supreme court’s verdict upholding CBI investigation in Narada sting operation will add momentum to BJP’s drive in Bengal before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(HT Photo)

Post UP, BJP to focus on Bengal

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2017 07:14 PM IST
With 42 Lok Sabha seats, Bengal is the third biggest state in terms of presence in the lower house of the Parliament. BJP strategy in Bengal may feature prominently in party national executive meeting in Delhi in mid-April.
Poet Srijato Bandopadhyay said he will not give much importance to the complaint filed against.(Photo: Facebook)
Poet Srijato Bandopadhyay said he will not give much importance to the complaint filed against.(Photo: Facebook)

Police complaint against West Bengal poet for ‘hurting religious sentiments of Hindus’

Kolkata, Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON MAR 21, 2017 10:51 AM IST
Srijato Bandopadhyay posted the controversial 12-line poem on Facebook at 8:25pm on March 19, the day Aditya Nath was sworn in as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
Ashia Bibi holds the picture of her son Imadul who was killed in police firing on March 14, 2007 in Nandigram.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Ashia Bibi holds the picture of her son Imadul who was killed in police firing on March 14, 2007 in Nandigram.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

A decade later, family members of Nandigram victims still seeking justice

Hindustan Times | By Avijit Ghosal and Ravik Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON MAR 15, 2017 01:58 PM IST
The members of the families of those whom ruling Trinamool Congress describe as Nandigram ‘martyrs’, are still seething in anger.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee(PTI File Photo)
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee(PTI File Photo)

Election results: Why BJP’s sweep in UP could be ominous for Mamata Banerjee

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Avijit Ghosal and Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2017 10:14 PM IST
Following the BJP’s huge win in UP, the Trinamool Congress in Bengal is apprehensive that the Centre could use the CBI to ‘target’ its leaders for their alleged involvement in graft.
On International Women’s Day, President Pranab Mukherjee awarded 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' to 21 year old Anoyara Khatun (2nd from Left) for her role in fighting against child trafficking with her friends at an NGO office in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
On International Women’s Day, President Pranab Mukherjee awarded 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' to 21 year old Anoyara Khatun (2nd from Left) for her role in fighting against child trafficking with her friends at an NGO office in Kolkata.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ winner from Bengal waiting for over a year to get a house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2017 07:49 PM IST
On International Women’s Day, President Pranab Mukherjee awarded ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’ to 21 year old Anoyara Khatun for her role in fighting against child trafficking in Bengal.
Picture of Muzaffar Ahmed Rather before he was arrested.(HT Photo)
Picture of Muzaffar Ahmed Rather before he was arrested.(HT Photo)

Lashkar militant on death row goes on hunger strike in Bengal jail to press for TV, proper bed and food

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2017 03:17 PM IST
He was given capital punishment along with two Pakistani nationals on January 22 this year.
The head office of Usha Multipurpose Co-operative Society in Sonagachi, the largest red light area of the country.(Samir Jana)
The head office of Usha Multipurpose Co-operative Society in Sonagachi, the largest red light area of the country.(Samir Jana)

Country’s oldest bank by female sex workers opens it doors for male customers

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAR 08, 2017 10:27 AM IST
Set up in 1995 in Kolkata with a capital of Rs 30,000, it has clocked a business of nearly Rs 30 crore.
Government officers set fire to wheat crop in Sonpukur village on Chapr a block in Nadia district of West Bengal.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Government officers set fire to wheat crop in Sonpukur village on Chapr a block in Nadia district of West Bengal.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Mind the gap: burn and destroy mission in Bengal fields leaves a few questions

Hindustan Times | By Avijit Ghosal and Ravik Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON MAR 05, 2017 03:12 PM IST
There seems to be fewer agriculture personnel in the districts who can ensure a fool-proof destruction of each and every strand of the wheat crop. They were visiting the fields but they don’t have enough machines to fell the crops and burn them.
A farmer stands helplessly in the middle of his field staring at the crop that has been burnt by the government officers in Nadia district of West Bengal.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
A farmer stands helplessly in the middle of his field staring at the crop that has been burnt by the government officers in Nadia district of West Bengal.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Ground Zero: Farmers stare helplessly as govt race against time to contain spread of ‘wheat blast’ like symptoms

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya and Halim Mondal
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2017 01:52 PM IST
The state government has deployed men and machines in the villages including combined harvester machines to chop off the crop, jars of kerosene and spray machines.
State government officers set fire to wheat in Sonpukur village on Chapra block in Nadia district of West Bengal.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
State government officers set fire to wheat in Sonpukur village on Chapra block in Nadia district of West Bengal.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Deadly wheat blast symptoms enters India through the Bangladesh border, Bengal govt burning crops on war footing

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya and Sreyasi Pal
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2017 01:52 PM IST
Wheat on nearly 1,000 hectares in two districts bordering Bangladesh have already been affected by the symptoms of wheat blast disease, forcing Bengal government to burning standing crops.
Agriculture officers, panchayat employees and farmers set fire to wheat that are almost ripe for harvesting in Sonpukur village in West Bengal, on March 4, 2017.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Agriculture officers, panchayat employees and farmers set fire to wheat that are almost ripe for harvesting in Sonpukur village in West Bengal, on March 4, 2017.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Fungus sees wheat crops in Bengal go up in flames as govt controls its spread

Hindustan Times, Chapra (West Bengal) | By Ravik Bhattacharya and Halim Mondal
PUBLISHED ON MAR 04, 2017 11:59 PM IST
Since the last week of February, agriculture authorities have launched an offensive against symptoms of what is known as the ‘wheat blast disease’, first identified in Brazil in 1985. The deadly fungus had ravaged fields across Bangladesh last year and is now threatening harvest in West Bengal.
The FICN couriers ship their consignment to Jharkhand by boat across the Ganga from Manikchak ghat in Malda.(HT Photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)
The FICN couriers ship their consignment to Jharkhand by boat across the Ganga from Manikchak ghat in Malda.(HT Photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)

Malda’s dirty money: How Bengal district became India’s fake notes capital

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2017 11:56 AM IST
Good rail, road connectivity, proximity to Bangladesh border, rising fundamentalism — all make a heady mix to put the district as the fake note hub of the country.
BJP targets TMC MP over alleged morphing of Prime Minister’s picture before the 2016 Bengal Assembly elections.(HT Photo)
BJP targets TMC MP over alleged morphing of Prime Minister’s picture before the 2016 Bengal Assembly elections.(HT Photo)

After Juhi Chowdhury’s arrest, BJP moves court against Derek O’ Brien

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2017 06:10 PM IST
BJP targets TMC MP over alleged morphing of Prime Minister’s picture before the 2016 Bengal Assembly elections.
One of the teams of children against trafficking in Sandeshkhali village in South 24 Parganas in Kolkata(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
One of the teams of children against trafficking in Sandeshkhali village in South 24 Parganas in Kolkata(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

Teens in Bengal villages up in arms against child traffickers

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2017 04:41 PM IST
Trained by NGOs with government support, group of young kids aged between 14 and 18 years keep a close watch on the villages, spot and challenge traffickers, stop child marriages and help in rescue.
If the seizure of fake currency within a few weeks of demonetisation shocked agencies such as BSF and police, the discovery that it was printed on stamp paper has come as a double whammy.(Representative Photo)
If the seizure of fake currency within a few weeks of demonetisation shocked agencies such as BSF and police, the discovery that it was printed on stamp paper has come as a double whammy.(Representative Photo)

Fake notes printed on Bangladesh stamp paper sets off alarm bells

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2017 10:24 AM IST
Security Forces (BSF) were recently shocked to find that Bangladesh stamp paper -- printed only in government presses -- was used for counterfeiting Indian notes that were smuggled in bulk into the country through Bengal after demonetisation.
Uzma Alam (centre) secretary of joint secretary of All Bengal Muslim Women’s Association at Muslim Orphanage in Kolkata.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)
Uzma Alam (centre) secretary of joint secretary of All Bengal Muslim Women’s Association at Muslim Orphanage in Kolkata.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT Photo)

70% callers to helpline for Muslim women are men seeking info on triple talaq

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2017 03:53 PM IST
Hindi and Urdu speaking Muslims from Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and other states have also been calling to seek guidance
The decision that came after a prod by its central leaders in Delhi, will incorporate a system of screening new comer leaders from other political parties.(HT Photo)
The decision that came after a prod by its central leaders in Delhi, will incorporate a system of screening new comer leaders from other political parties.(HT Photo)

Three embarrassments later, BJP’s special cell to screen newcomers in Bengal

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2017 01:23 PM IST
Bengal BJP is set to open a three-tier special cell to screen new comers in the party, the move coming in the wake of a few of its leaders being arrested for involvement in trafficking rackets and cheating cases.
Sex workers said some of them are cutting their rates to lure customers but even the discounts are not good enough to revive business.(HT File Photo)
Sex workers said some of them are cutting their rates to lure customers but even the discounts are not good enough to revive business.(HT File Photo)

Kolkata sex workers and their bank grapple with note ban pain

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2017 12:09 PM IST
In Sonagachi, about 48% of loans taken from the cooperative bank by sex workers was for the education of their children and another 25% for health care. Building houses and children’s marriage were the other reasons for taking loans.
Chandra Kumar Bose, grandnephew of Subhas Chandra Bose, played an important role in the campaign leading to the declassification of the secret files on Netaji. He later joined BJP.(HT Photo)
Chandra Kumar Bose, grandnephew of Subhas Chandra Bose, played an important role in the campaign leading to the declassification of the secret files on Netaji. He later joined BJP.(HT Photo)

After Dilip Ghosh, Netaji’s grandnephew criticises Amartya Sen for ‘dirty politics’

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2017 11:21 PM IST
Chandra Kumar Bose says that while criticising demonetisation, Sen is using words that befit a politician and not an economist.
Congress and CPI(M) MLAs protest on Bengal assembly premises.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Congress and CPI(M) MLAs protest on Bengal assembly premises.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Bengal MLA lodges complaint of molestation during Feb 8 ruckus in assembly, opposition walks out of the House

Hindustan Times | By Ravik Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2017 03:31 PM IST
On February 8, pandemonium broke out when “The West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order (Amendment) Bill 2017” was tabled.
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.(PTI File photo)
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.(PTI File photo)

BJP Bengal chief stands by his ‘spineless’ jibe at Amartya Sen

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Ravik Bhattacharya and Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2017 12:41 AM IST
BJP’s West bengal chief Dilip Ghosh on Saturday had questioned the renowned economist’s contribution to the nation.
DYFI has also demanded scrapping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which treats homosexuality as crime.(HT Photo)
DYFI has also demanded scrapping of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which treats homosexuality as crime.(HT Photo)

In solidarity with LGBT community, CPI-M’s youth arm demands education, job reservation for transgenders across India

Hindustan Times | By Tanmay Chatterjee and Ravik Bhattacharya
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2017 12:03 PM IST
A special resolution adopted at the 10th DYFI national conference held in Kerala in early February has demanded special budgetary provisions for education of the transgender community.
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