Ravik Bhattacharya, The Indian Express

Ravik Bhattacharya

The Indian Express

Kolkata, WB, India

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Past articles by Ravik:

Just not cricket: Sourav Ganguly BCCI innings set to end, Bengal parties blame ‘spurned’ BJP

TMC, Cong, CPM ask if Sourav paying price for not joining BJP; draw parallels with Jay Shah continuing → Read More

HC steps in after clashes erupt between BJP & police in Kolkata

BJP leaders say treated like criminals; TMC says hooliganism. → Read More

After first night on blankets on floor, Partha gets cot and chair

On Friday, when he was brought to jail after a special court sent him and his aide Arpita Mukherjee to 14 days' judicial custody in connection with the school jobs scam, a despondent Chatterjee reportedly spent most of the night sitting on the commode of a toilet inside his cell till it broke. → Read More

Rise and fall of Arpita Mukherjee: Small-time actor who became part of Trinamool’s charmed circles

It was around 2017 that Arpita became part of the party's celebrity brigade. Though she was never a known face in the film industry, there were enough events patronised by politicians where she found a platform → Read More

Admit cards, list of candidates in Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee’s house: ED to court

These are among the records allegedly recovered from the home of West Bengal Industry and Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) during searches conducted on July 22 in connection with the state school jobs scam, according to court records obtained by The Indian Express. → Read More

Behind charred bodies in Bengal, rags to riches, nexus of crime and TMC politics

At its centre is Bhadu Sheikh, the 38-year-old TMC deputy pradhan of Barsal Gram Panchayat, a resident of Bagtui village, whose murder set off the retaliatory killing in which eight persons, including six women and a child, were charred to death, all relatives of one of his associates he had fallen out with. → Read More

Political leaders make a beeline for Bogtui; Mamata to visit village tomorrow

The murder of Bhadu Sheikh, the deputy pradhan, in Rampurhat on Monday evening sparked off a chain of events that led to at least eight houses in the area being attacked and set on fire, leading to the death of eight people, including women and children. → Read More

Strongman Pawan Chamling’s return to state sets Sikkim politics on edge

With his five terms in power, between December 1994 and May 2019, making him the longest-serving CM of the country, Pawan Chamling was once the undisputed leader of Sikkim. → Read More

Shantipur Assembly bypoll: Bangladesh violence a poll plank for BJP, TMC banks on organisation

The recent incidents in Bangladesh - attacks on minority population and places of worship - has become the BJP’s poll plank in the run-up to Shantipur Assembly bypoll. → Read More

‘Mamata is trying to turn Congress into Congress (M)… driving wedge in Opp’: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

"TMC has been playing second fiddle by subverting the convergence of Opposition parties. For the BJP, the carrot is for TMC, the stick for Congress," said Lok Sabha MP from Berhampore Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. → Read More

Post-election violence: House to house, eight times in two months, 40 families say on the run

TMC supporters Manda Shikari and Tuktuki Nayia deny that any of them chased the NHRC team when it came to the area. “It were Shanu and others with the NHRC team who taunted, abused us. When we protested, Central forces beat us up,” says Naiya. → Read More

An Express Series: Raped and poisoned as grandson watched: 60-yr-old stays alone, far away from home

Woman’s family alleges TMC men assaulted her, admits attackers include relatives embroiled in land dispute → Read More

Another Bengal upset for BJP: Mukul Roy and his son return to Trinamool

Senior leaders of the TMC, including the new general secretary and Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek, were with the Chief Minister at the Trinamool Bhawan to announce Roy’s return — he is the most important leader to leave the BJP after the drubbing in the Assembly elections. → Read More

Darjeeling dilemma: Gorkhaland in hearts, but ‘our bellies tied to tourism’

Deep in his heart, Susant, a tea stall owner, still nurses the hope of a separate state. "Why not? Our language, lifestyle are different. At least, give us some powers so that we can utilise the revenue we get from tea gardens and tourism.” → Read More

Nandigram: On poll eve, both sides await Thursday thriller

In Nandigram, Section 144 is in force and 22 companies of central forces are posted for the 255 polling booths. → Read More

Battlelines in Nandigram between communities, Adhikari vs Mamata

The land acquisition agitation of 2007 is old news, Nandigram is now reverberating with the sharp polarisation that marks the bitter Trinamool-BJP battle for Bengal. → Read More

BJP chief JP Nadda’s convoy attacked in Bengal: stones hurled, cars damaged

Nadda is on a two-day visit to review state BJP's activities and participate in an ongoing mass outreach campaign, which has been taken up ahead of the 2021 assembly elections. → Read More

BJP workers clash with police during rally in north Bengal; Dilip Ghosh claims 1 dead

The police used water cannons and lobbed tear gas shells to stop the BJP workers from moving past the barricades even as the protesters pelted stones. Some activists even set fire to the barricades. → Read More

Conduct outreach; don’t worry about CM face: Shah to Bengal BJP

During his two-day whirlwind state visit which ended on Friday, Amit Shah interacted with various communities, eminent personalities and party workers, and ate lunch with tribal and Matua families. → Read More

59-member Andamans tribe reports Covid, alert in UT

What is worrying the authorities is that the four new cases have been discovered in the remote Strait Island where the tribe is based. → Read More