Pallab Bhattacharya

Pallab Bhattacharya is a special correspondent for The Daily Star.

September 12, 2021
September 12, 2021

Two years on, NRC’s bumpy road ahead

On August 31, 2019, the “final” draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was published amidst considerable expectations, excitement and anxiety. It was a document of “genuine”...

September 8, 2021
September 8, 2021

India and the great power game over Afghanistan

As Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla was wrapping up his talks with senior US officials in Washington on the evolving situation in Afghanistan,

September 3, 2021
September 3, 2021

Tackling Covid-19: Are good days waiting for India?

In its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, India achieved two milestones in five days between August 27 and 31 while vaccinating its people. Both relate to a new high in the number of vaccine...

August 31, 2021
August 31, 2021

What are India’s plans regarding Afghanistan?

When Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar briefed floor leaders of 31 parties in Parliament on August 26 on the developments in Afghanistan, he faced some searching questions about New...

August 31, 2021
August 31, 2021

A magician of words for all ages

Though born in Kolkata and studied at St Xavier’s College there, the foundation of one of Bengal’s most popular writers Buddhadeb Guha’s creative mind was shaped by his extensive journey through...

August 22, 2021
August 22, 2021

India’s Taliban challenge and Afghan policy

The joke going around in diplomatic circles in New Delhi is that the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was much smoother than the change of guard at the White House after Joe Biden won the...

August 18, 2021
August 18, 2021

Partition: Looking back to heal and not hurt

On two successive days on August 14 and 15, 2021, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the 1947 Partition of the subcontinent and its catastrophic fallout on millions of people.

August 14, 2021
August 14, 2021

A stormy parliamentary session and clouds over Indian democracy

It rained protests and disruptions by a united and unrelenting opposition every day during the nearly month-long monsoon session of the Indian parliament, raising serious concerns about Indian...

August 8, 2021
August 8, 2021

Breaking fast and bread: Rahul Gandhi style

On August 2, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi chaired a meeting of leaders of 15 opposition parties for breakfast at New Delhi’s Constitution Club

August 1, 2021
August 1, 2021

India’s opposition unity a work in progress

Politics has a strange way of repeating itself in some ways.