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Arindam Sarkar is Editor-Special Projects of Hindustan Times, Kolkata. He has spent over two decades covering Bengal and national politics of India as correspondent and editor. He has also covered South Asian countries.

  • Oct 18, 2016 10:38
    National Council of Awami League will be held in Dhaka on October 22 and 23. read more
  • Oct 07, 2016 15:07
    As people go pandal hopping, pilgrims make a beeline to pray at the memorial of Saint Teresa of Kolkata. read more
  • Sep 20, 2016 18:21
    Manas Bhuniya never liked WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury’s style of operation. read more
  • Jul 28, 2016 19:02
    Mahasweta Devi, one of the greatest littérateurs who fought for the downtrodden, believed in Marxist ideology and yet lent her undying spirit to the ouster of a 34-year-old Left regime from Bengal. On Thursday, she left a legacy that none can match. read more
  • May 19, 2016 13:58
    Mamata Banerjee single-handedly took on the CPI(M) for decades in the state, suffering physical assaults. Always seen as clean, she was besieged with charges of corruption against her ministers, and of incompetence and authoritarianism. Yet she prev... read more
  • Feb 11, 2016 17:26
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address six election rallies during the six-phase 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal. read more
  • Feb 05, 2016 17:21
    Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is toying with the idea of fielding her nephew and MP Abhishek read more
  • Jul 31, 2015 21:19
    India and Bangladesh have agreed to resolve the long-standing issue of enclaves, but a host of other issues – ranging from river water to the mouth-watering Hilsa fish – remain sticking points between the two nations. read more
  • Jun 30, 2015 11:21
    Undisturbed by the rumours of electoral alliances and seat adjustments that her opponents are secretly working on, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has told her senior party leaders to prepare to fight the 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal alone. read more
  • Mar 15, 2015 10:38
    Vituperative criticisms and campaigns against her work never bothered Mother Teresa. And 18 years after her death, Missionaries of Charity too refuses to get drawn into controversies read more
  • Dec 03, 2014 15:20
    State BJP will earnestly begin its preparation from January next year for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections slated for mid-2015. From next month, the state BJP leadership will begin drawing up the candidates contesting in the 141 wards... read more
  • Sep 27, 2013 10:18
    A day after former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said that the CPI(M) needed to bring change in its leadership to come out of defeat mode, the Trinamool Congress claimed no change of guard could alter the fortunes of the Marxists. read more
  • Sep 26, 2013 10:21
    After back-to-back victories in two (panchayat and municipality polls) in the last two months, chief minister Mamata Banerjee plans to launch her campaign for the Mother of all Battles — the 2014 Lok Sabha polls — from the Brigade Parade Ground in K... read more
  • Sep 25, 2013 11:11
    After three years, the South Kolkata parliamentary seat, which returned Mamata Banerjee to the Lok Sabha for six consecutive times out of her seven terms as MP before she resigned to become chief minister in 2011, would be set aside for her family during... read more
  • Jul 30, 2013 12:18
    After a landslide victory in the 2011 Assembly elections, Mamata repeated the feat on Monday and captured the rural belt in the three-tier panchayat polls on the development mantra read more
  • Jul 23, 2013 12:06
    CRPF firing killed one, a bomb explosion critically injured three children, a CPI(M) woman candidate was heckled by Trinamool Congress supporters and polling booths were jammed. read more
  • Jul 22, 2013 12:15
    A day before the crucial panchayat polls in this Congress bastion, the present crop of Congress leaders is fighting comparison with the late messiah of Malda, ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury, and the challenge posed by his own prodigies from the Trinamool ... read more
  • Feb 21, 2013 13:25
    With Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi on the anvil later this year, all eyes are riveted on chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who is yet to agree to signing the India-Bangla Teesta Water Sharing Treaty. read more
  • Oct 28, 2012 13:45
    The choice of the three Congress MPs inducted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh into his council of ministers from West Bengal -- Adhir Chowdhury, AH Khan Chowdhury and Deepa Dasmunsi -- signals the possibility of the Congress snapping all ties with the... read more
  • Oct 14, 2012 15:31
    State BJP president Rahul Sinha and Murshidabad District Congress president and MP Adhir Chowdhury agreed that the Centre’s decision to set up Aligarh Muslim University was the principal factor that almost defeated the Congress and led to a dramatic... read more
  • Sep 27, 2012 12:38
    In a move to take the sting out of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s virulent attack against the implementation of FDI in multi-brand retail, Congress MPs Deepa Das Munshi and Adhir Chowdhury have launched an aggressive campaign to defend the UPA-II ... read more
  • Sep 25, 2012 09:26
    West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will lead the campaign in the Cong strongholds during the ensuing panchayat elections in early 2013. She will lead the Trinamool Congress campaign in the green belt in North Bengal, which has always voted for the Congress.... read more
  • Sep 19, 2012 01:00
    Quitting UPA was the last option for Mamata, and it took three full hours at the Town Hall to cast off the moorings; however, legislators say decision was unanimous. read more
  • Sep 15, 2012 13:56
    Three days is too short a time for visiting one’s home state for the first time, after one is elevated to the highest office of the country, think the students of Sangrampur Girls High School in North 24-Parganas, who are keenly waiting for the President... read more
  • Sep 13, 2012 11:44
    Seventy two hours before the AICC high command announces the candidate for the ensuing Jangipur parliamentary by-elections, scheduled for October 10, Congress MP and Murshidabad district Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said Jangipur is not a cakewalk... read more
  • May 14, 2011 00:38
    The Trinamool Congress came to power on the promise of change. There was no positive blueprint on governance. Ravik Bhattacharya and Arindam Sarkar report. read more
  • May 13, 2011 22:47
    For the last three decades, it has been the Congress’ most fertile zone – the so-called green belt. Even when the CPI(M)-led Left Front got a brute majority in the 2006 assembly polls, the people of Malda, North Dinajpur and Murshidabad stood by the... read more
  • May 13, 2011 21:33
    Four years ago, when the first bullet was fired and blood spilled in the paddy fields of Nandigram, the fate of the Marxists was sealed forever. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • May 13, 2011 16:03
    Like Sourav Ganguly, the Trinamool chief has an uncanny knack of staging comebacks. She did it before in the past, and, in 2011, she has done it again. Arindam Sarkar writes. read more
  • May 12, 2011 15:21
    Exit polls surely are reassuring but Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee is waiting for May 13 to see how much her good work in the last four years has translated into votes. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • May 04, 2011 15:06
    From early morning on Tuesday, brisk polling began in the 16 assembly segments of East Midnapore. By the time it ended late in the evening, more than 86% had cast their vote. Trinamool Congress was confident of winning all seats in fray. read more
  • May 03, 2011 16:46
    Four years back, this place was gripped with terror. CPI(M) cadres and their red flags ruled over the entire area. But the day before the elections here, the scene is completely different. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Apr 28, 2011 13:12
    As the sun set on the city on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee said there shouldn\'t be any reason to doubt that the people of the city have voted for change after experiencing the misrule of the Left Front government for more than three decades. Arindam Sarkar... read more
  • Apr 19, 2011 16:31
    Never before has the district witnessed such a huge turnout during any election in recent times. More than 78% people cast their vote in the first phase of the polls in Malda to decide the fate of contesting candidates in 12 assembly segments. Arindam... read more
  • Apr 17, 2011 15:44
    One crossed from the Congress to contest as a Trinamool Congress candidate, another broke the family tradition to take on the official Congress candidate as an Independent. read more
  • Apr 16, 2011 15:26
    She left nothing to interpretation and nothing to speculation. AICC president Sonia Gandhi is baying for Marxists’ blood and she wants the CPI(M)-led Left Front government defeated in the Assembly elections. read more
  • Apr 14, 2011 13:56
    It is the Congress\' alluvial belt. For three decades now, people here have always voted for the Congress even when Bengal turned red. In the first phase, all eyes are glued to North Dinajpur and Malda, where the Congress is taking on the Marxists in... read more
  • Apr 06, 2011 14:19
    Ghani Khan Chowdhury had transformed Malda from a village to a bustling town. With his death, development came to a halt and now the town is bursting at its seams and crying for expansion. Arindam Sarkar writes. read more
  • Mar 31, 2011 12:42
    Mamata Banerjee may be known for her firebrand speeches but she seems to be following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi. Padayatras are definitely the order of the day the Trinamool Congress chief hits the campaign trail. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Mar 22, 2011 23:01
    If the electoral alliance between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress has left the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee leaders fuming and demoralised, Mamata Banerjee’s decision to field fresh faces to break the cartel of local leaders has created... read more
  • Mar 07, 2011 23:07
    Mausam Benazir Noor, 31, one of the youngest MPs in the country, won a hard-fought election to become president of the West Bengal Youth Congress on Monday. read more
  • Mar 02, 2011 16:40
    Despite having been described — and even addressed in some quarters — as West Bengal’s chief minister-in-waiting, Trinamool Congress chief and railway minister Mamata Banerjee has decided not contest the 2011 assembly polls. Arindam Sarkar and Ravik... read more
  • Jun 15, 2010 23:24
    The CPI-M in West Bengal has admitted there is a strong anti-incumbency wave against the Left Front in the state and is prepared to sit in the Opposition benches after the assembly elections due next year. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Apr 30, 2010 01:14
    The fate of the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance in West Bengal has become uncertain, with both the parties deciding on Thursday to part company for the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) elections on May 30. read more
  • Mar 31, 2010 00:26
    The Trinamool Congress has accepted the singer-turned-politician, Kabir Suman’s resignation from all party posts on Tuesday. read more
  • Mar 03, 2010 01:07
    Exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen, whose views on the burqa, published in a Kannada daily, purportedly led to riots in Karnataka, said on Tuesday that the article in question was originally written in English and published three years ago. It... read more
  • Jan 18, 2010 01:09
    Through a large part of Jyoti Basu’s tenure as chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, who on Sunday described the departed leader as the “first and last chapter of the Left Front government”, remained his bête noire. read more
  • Jan 17, 2010 15:18
    Jyoti Basu was a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon who led the Marxist movement of India like a colossus. Indian history would have taken a different course had his party allowed him to become prime minister in 1996 and in 1997, when he was offered the top... read more
  • Jan 17, 2010 13:45
    All throughout Jyoti Basu’s chief ministership, Mamata Banerjee remained his bete noire. But eight years after the Marxist veteran stepped down, the two exchanged pleasantries. read more
  • Jan 10, 2010 00:31
    A day after Maoists killed two Trinamool Congress workers, party chief Mamata Banerjee slammed the Centre for not coming down hard on the Bengal government for its failure to rein in the ultras. read more
  • Nov 27, 2009 21:25
    Taslima Nasreen was ready to return to India anytime for renewing her residence permit, valid till February 17, 2010. The exiled author, however, was worried with chances of the Union Home ministry asking her for a “pre-conditional undertaking”. Arindam... read more
  • Nov 12, 2009 01:29
    A day after the Trinamool Congress swept the assembly by-elections, the railway minister said the victory wasn’t so much a groundswell of support for her leadership as it was for discontent over Left Front rule, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Nov 12, 2009 00:29
    The all-new Mamata Banerjee — softened by recent success and wizened by past failures — says it’s the people, and not her Trinamool Congress (TMC) who have taught the Left a lesson in humility. Banerjee is for preserving her ties with the Congress, to... read more
  • Jul 04, 2009 01:05
    Rail Minister Mamata Banerjee’s plan to oust the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from its last bastion is at the core of the “social viability” criteria she cited while announcing projects for West Bengal and other parts. read more
  • Jun 19, 2009 00:21
    Apart from “deep introspection”, the crucial CPM Politburo meet today will find itself grappling with the post-poll violence in West Bengal, which is turning out to be yet another blot on the Left Front Govt. West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who... read more
  • May 31, 2009 01:03
    Languishing homeless and without food and water since last Monday, lakhs of people displaced in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas by the devastating Aila cyclone are now trapped in a vortex of politics over distribution of relief and rehabilitation.... read more
  • May 17, 2009 03:23
    The CPI(M) and its allies in the Left Front have been reduced from 35 to 15. “The people of Bengal want a change,” Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, 54, told HT. read more
  • May 13, 2009 02:19
    IT IS the most high profile constituency of West Bengal. It is also the most upwardly mobile part of Kolkata with a largely middle and upper middle class society. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • May 10, 2009 01:40
    Thursday’s polling had seen bloody violence in the hamlets of Nandigram. Four people were killed that day. On Saturday, 48-hours later, tension still prevailed as Trinamool and the CPI(M) activists clashed at Bhutarmore in Garchakraberia, Jadubarichak... read more
  • May 07, 2009 23:54
    At 75 per cent, the highest polling among the eight states that voted on Thursday was recorded in West Bengal. But three killings, one each in Asansol, Jangipur and Murshidabad and scores of clashes between CPI(M) and Trinamool Congress workers and widespread... read more
  • May 07, 2009 00:28
    Jangipur proposed, Pranab Mukherjee delivered. From checking erosion and building a college to getting the district a passport office, the Congress MP has done it all. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Apr 24, 2009 22:16
    All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi arrived in the district town of Malda on the border with Bangladesh to campaign for two candidates from the Khan Chowdhury family for the Lok Sabha elections. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Apr 09, 2009 20:50
    Flanked by top Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh filed his nomination for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal Thursday, describing it as a big day in his life. read more
  • Mar 18, 2009 01:06
    CPI(M) patriach Jyoti Basu cast doubts on the electoral prospects of the fledgling Third Front as an alternative to the Congress and BJP-led alliances at the centre. Arindam Sarkar and Nagendar Sharma report. read more
  • Mar 13, 2009 00:25
    After 12 days of tussle, the clouds of uncertainty looming over the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance finally cleared on Thursday. read more
  • Mar 08, 2009 01:53
    Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee, who recently finalised a seat sharing agreement with the Congress in West Bengal, is not burning her bridges with former ally BJP. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Mar 04, 2009 18:56
    Even before the AICC could announce its poll slogan in its party headquarters in the capital, the CPI (M)\'s heavyweight candidate Mohammad Salim has hijacked what is to be rightfully the Congress\' principal poll campaign theme. read more
  • Dec 20, 2008 23:33
    The Pakistani trade fair federation has informed the organisers of the Fourth India International Mega Trade Fair, 2008-2009 in Kolkata that its members won’t be able to attend the fair beginning next Wednesday. read more
  • Nov 15, 2008 01:19
    This time a year back, after one of his stylish dinners at his 250 Chittaranjan Avenue penthouse, the barrister-turned-politician sipped a glass of French Bordeaux wine with the quip “let this one be for the longest road ever seen”. read more
  • Oct 05, 2008 00:10
    Twenty-four hours after Tata Motors announced the pullout from Singur, the Trinamool Cong chief described the development as a victory for the Singur farmer, report HT Correspondents. read more
  • Sep 30, 2008 01:14
    From Singur, Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee is taking her battle against the Tata Motors small-car plant to the Capital even as she has decided to stay away from Tuesday’s all-party meeting, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Sep 07, 2008 00:28
    At the end of the second rounds of discussions, the West Bengal Govt-Trinamool Congress talks to find a solution to the Singur crisis remained inconclusive, report HT Correspondents. read more
  • Sep 06, 2008 00:10
    Mamata Banerjee, who didn’t attend the first round of talks, is said to be considering the proposal and will take a decision before talks resume today, HT report. read more
  • Sep 04, 2008 00:36
    Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee tells Arindam Sarkar that the Left Front government was playing with fire by appeasing industries at the cost of farmers. read more
  • Aug 28, 2008 23:07
    She may be the latest hate figure to catch the imagination of much of the media and the chattering classes across the country, but Mamata Banerjee could not care less. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Aug 28, 2008 20:21
    Around 200 workers of Tata Motors car project in Singur were stranded inside the plant as their exit route was blocked by activists of anti-farmland acquisition group, reports Arindam Sarkar. See Graphic read more
  • Aug 24, 2008 19:00
    Undeterred by Ratan Tata’s threat to take the Nano plant elsewhere, Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee starts an indefinite agitation outside the factory, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Aug 22, 2008 22:11
    A couple of hours after Ratan Tata addressed the media in Singur, the Trinamool Cong chief said that unless the disputed 400 acres were returned to the farmers, Nano may not see the light of the day, reports Arindam Sarkar. See graphics read more
  • Jul 04, 2008 01:14
    The CPI(M) seems to be on the verge of breaking up with the Congress over the nuke deal, but Mamata Banerjee has made it clear that she will not tie up with the Cong for the LS polls, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Jul 03, 2008 00:00
    Wednesday’s verdict from the 13 municipalities and five wards that voted last Sunday could signal the beginning of a phase of anxiety and doubt in the CPI-M, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Jun 27, 2008 00:13
    The CPI (M) is in for a lot of trouble. That is, if early parliamentary elections take place, report Arindam Sarkar and Ramesh Babu. read more
  • Jun 14, 2008 23:54
    The Centre states clearly that it is against the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state, as put forth by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, report Arindam Sarkar & Rahul Das. read more
  • Jun 04, 2008 02:08
    Unhappy with the manner in which the state government unilaterally “gifted” major state projects to the Salem Group, Trinamool Congress thinks there is something fishy, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Jun 04, 2008 01:53
    Having been forced to live in Europe for more than two months by the Indian Government, exiled Bangladeshi littérateur Taslima Nasrin complained that she was not getting permission from the Indian Government to enter her adopted country now that she... read more
  • Jun 02, 2008 23:38
    Happy with the performance of the Trinamool Congress in the panchayat polls, Mamata Banerjee is in no mood to join hands with the Congress, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • May 24, 2008 00:40
    After the setback in the panchayat elections, Left leaders in West Bengal admit the front’s industrialisation policy needs fine-tuning and has to be explained to the people, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • May 22, 2008 01:59
    The Nandigram blow resulted in the CPM losing control of the East Midnapore Zilla Parishad, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Apr 29, 2008 02:47
    Congress president slams the Left for the Nandigram violence and not doing enough to control price rise in West Bengal. HT reports. read more
  • Apr 26, 2008 02:20
    West Bengal sports minister Subhas Chakraborty on Friday expressed strong reservations against the “wild dancing” of cheerleaders. read more
  • Apr 18, 2008 23:05
    Bangladesh has been under Emergency rule since large-scale disturbances led to the cancellation of general elections in Jan 2007 and an army-backed caretaker Govt was installed, reports Arindam Sarka. read more
  • Apr 18, 2008 02:40
    Taslima, who was born in Mymensingh in Bangladesh, was forced to leave the country in 1994, after the Bangladesh government banned her novels for blasphemy, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Apr 15, 2008 00:37
    Indo-Bangla train diplomacy was back on track on Monday with the maiden journey of the Maitree Express. Arindam Sarkar reports. read more
  • Mar 20, 2008 02:34
    On reaching Heathrow Airport on Wednesday afternoon, she said she was relieved to be out of the \"prison\" where she lived under strict vigilance for the last four months, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more
  • Mar 19, 2008 00:41
    Before leaving India, the Bangladeshi author says the Indian Govt treated her \'like an animal\' to drive her out, reports Arindam Sarkar. read more