Pallab Bhattacharya

Pallab Bhattacharya is a special correspondent for The Daily Star.

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.

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

Pegasus spyware row and Indian democracy

The Pegasus spyware controversy has set off a political storm in India. Sustained anti-government protests by the opposition on the floor of the House paralysed almost the entire first week of the...

July 22, 2021
July 22, 2021

India’s Taliban Dilemma

“The future of Afghanistan cannot be its past,” India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had told a meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on July 14. It is precisely the spectre of a rerun of the...

July 18, 2021
July 18, 2021

Upcoming challenges in West Bengal’s political landscape

Over two months after the state assembly elections, which saw Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) returning to power with a thumping majority and its principal rival...

July 13, 2021
July 13, 2021

India’s new cooperatives ministry

On July 6, the Indian government came out with the announcement of a separate Ministry of Cooperation with the avowed aim of realising the vision of “Sahkar se Samriddhi” (“Progress Through...

July 9, 2021
July 9, 2021

The Modi government’s image makeover

Politics, particularly electoral politics, in India is as much about public perception as about the quality of governance. This comes out quite clearly in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s...