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Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya, the author of two non-fiction books on India’s ultra-Left and the Hindu right, writes and comments on India’s politics, environment, human rights and culture.

Snigdhendu Bhattacharya is an independent journalist, writing on India’s politics, history, data, environment, human rights and culture since 2005. A former special correspondent of the Hindustan Times, he has been published in The Wire, Outlook magazine, The Caravan, Mongabay India, Huffpost India, Nikkei Asia, The Third Pole, Deccan Herald, The Times of India, Live History India and IndiaSpend, among others. He takes a special regional interest in eastern and northeastern India and Bangladesh. He has two books of political nonfiction published by HarperCollins India — Mission Bengal: A Saffron Experiment (2020) and Lalgarh and the Legend of Kishanji: Tales from India’s Maoist Movement (2016). He is a recipient of EJN’s Asia-Pacific Climate and Environmental Story Grant.

Posts by Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
February 01, 2023

What Did India’s Congress Party Achieve With Its 4,000-km ‘Unity’ March?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The rally may have reshaped leader Rahul Gandhi’s image, but will other opposition parties rally behind him and his party?

January 30, 2023

India Escalates Water Conflict With Pakistan

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Its notice for the Indus Water Treaty’s modification comes in the wake of a series of hydroelectric projects planned on the Indus valley rivers in India.
January 25, 2023

Sinking Joshimath May Submerge India’s Hydropower Ambitions in the Himalayas

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Large-scale land subsidence in the pilgrimage town has prompted widespread resistance to the construction of dams.

January 09, 2023

India’s Hindu Right Is Cherry-picking a Gory Murder Incident to Surveil Interfaith Couples

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
This is yet another move by the BJP to prevent Hindu women from marrying Muslim men.

December 09, 2022

Modi’s BJP Sweeps Gujarat State Elections

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
However, the party was ousted from power in Himachal Pradesh state and the Delhi municipal corporation.

December 06, 2022

‘Obituaries’ of Indian TV Journalism Flood Social Media

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Gautam Adani, known to be close to PM Modi, is poised to take over NDTV, among India’s last news channels known for independent reporting.
November 28, 2022

1 Year Since Landmark Victory, Indian Farmers Plan to Revive Stir

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The farmers’ organization that forced the Modi government to its biggest retreat has started hitting the streets, alleging broken promises. 

November 24, 2022

A New Entrant Complicates Electoral Equations in PM Modi’s Home State

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The Aam Aadmi Party is expected to erode the support bases of the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in Gujarat’s upcoming election.

November 02, 2022

Muslims Face Terror Charges in India’s Assam for Setting up Museum

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The museum had on display items like agricultural and fishing equipment and attire that the Miya or Bengali-origin Muslim community identifies with.

October 23, 2022

Chinese Moves Complicate India-Bangladesh Dispute Over Teesta

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Dhaka is in a dilemma; while a deal with India on the Teesta River remains elusive, Beijing wants it to make up its mind on a Chinese project on the river.

September 26, 2022

Dogma Continues to Plague the Indian Left

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
A communist party leader, Shailaja, was made to turn down the Magsaysay award on the ground that her success was the outcome of collective effort. But communists do sometimes promote individuals over the collective.
September 20, 2022

Is the Hindu Nationalist ‘Boycott Bollywood’ Campaign Impacting the Box Office?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Movies that faced boycott calls and others that didn’t figure among the movies that were successful this year.

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