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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
April 16, 2024

Divided INDIA Bloc Could Help BJP in India’s Jammu & Kashmir

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The upcoming general election is the first in J&K since the Modi government’s controversial decision in August 2019 to revoke its autonomy and strip it of its statehood.

April 04, 2024

Icy Desert Ladakh Turns Up the Heat on Modi Ahead of Indian Elections

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The loss of their grazing lands to Chinese incursions and Indian corporations has prompted Ladakhis to oppose the BJP government’s top-down governance model.
March 25, 2024

Will the Fortune It Made in the Election Bond Scheme Hurt India’s Ruling BJP?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The revelations about the scheme are striking, but corruption alone has rarely brought down governments in India.

March 21, 2024

Will India’s Election Commission Provide All Parties a Level Playing Field?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Two of the commissioners in the three-member body that will conduct elections have recently been appointed by the ruling party.

March 11, 2024

Will Muslim Votes Matter in India’s Upcoming Elections?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
In previous elections, Muslim votes have tended to split among secular parties facilitating the BJP’s victory. Will that change?

February 26, 2024

After Initial Setback, India’s Opposition Alliance Starts Taking Shape

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Over the past week, the Congress party has sealed seat-sharing deals with AAP and the SP. Will it clinch a deal with the TMC too?
February 19, 2024

How PM Modi Has Weakened the Rights-Based Laws of the Previous Decade

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The BJP government has weakened a suite of progressive laws that were enacted by the previous Congress-led administration.

February 08, 2024

Temple-Mosque Disputes Are Sprouting Across India

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Hindu nationalists say that Muslims should give up their claims to mosques on disputed sites to settle conflicts amicably.

January 27, 2024

Abject Surrender of the State to Armed Militia in India’s Manipur

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Thirty-seven legislators, including India’s junior minister for external affairs, were administered an oath by the chief of the Arambai Tenggol.

January 14, 2024

India’s Opposition Parties Set to Skip Ram Temple Inauguration Event

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Their decisions seem bold, given that the BJP’s rise has prompted many of them earlier to adopt strategies seeking to appease the Hindu majority.

December 18, 2023

Tarique Rahman on Why the BNP Is Boycotting the Bangladesh Elections

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
“As long as Hasina retains power, every election in Bangladesh will involve extensive irregularities, making the much-anticipated level-playing field a distant dream.”
December 11, 2023

Multiple Climate Reports Warn of Water Conflict in South Asia

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The region is expected to suffer the most significant impacts of changing water availability this century. Yet tight-fisted governments are quibbling at COP28 over climate financing.

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