Pallab Bhattacharya

Pallab Bhattacharya is a special correspondent for The Daily Star.

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...

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

Tribal rights activist’s death: A wake-up call for India

In May this year, India's veteran tribal rights activist Stan Swamy had told the Bombay High Court—where he was being tried after being arrested under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful...

June 30, 2021
June 30, 2021

India opens Asia’s longest high-speed track

India today got Asia’s longest high-speed track for testing automobiles including high-end cars.

June 18, 2021
June 18, 2021

South Asia’s Sunshine Moment at UN

On June 8, South Asia acquired a rare salience at the United Nations after the Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid was elected as the new President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for a one...

June 11, 2021
June 11, 2021

Assam’s NRC: Through the prism of a migrants’ descendant

Much has been written about the flawed and controversial National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern Indian state of Assam and the mammoth humanitarian crisis that it has triggered.

June 10, 2021
June 10, 2021

India’s Sedition Law and Media Freedom

Two orders given by India’s Supreme Court in two separate cases early this month have, once again, brought into sharp focus the issue of the colonial-era law relating to sedition in the context of...