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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
July 03, 2024

Medical Entrance Scam Charge Hits Modi Government

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Irregularities in two top competitive exams have revived the federalism debate in India.

June 12, 2024

Was There a Scam in India’s Exit Poll Predictions?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The opposition has alleged that exit polls were used to inflate the share market temporarily.
June 11, 2024

How Different Will Modi 3.0 Be From Previous Terms?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Modi will need to set aside some Hindu nationalist goals to hold on to the support of his secular allies in government.

June 10, 2024

How Minorities Voted in the Indian General Election

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Results show that Muslims and Christians largely consolidated behind the Congress and its allies.

June 05, 2024

Decoding India’s Elections: How Modi’s Grip Loosened 

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Modi's BJP lost its majority, meaning it will be heavily dependent on allies this term.

May 29, 2024

Narendra Modi’s Decade Without Press Conferences

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
In the ten years he has been India’s prime minister Modi has faced only one press conference – in 2019, when he let his colleague Amit Shah answer all the questions.
May 20, 2024

Indian Parties Give Climate Issues the Cold Shoulder in Election Campaigns

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Even as India reels under a series of heatwaves and forest fires, environment and climate change issues are barely mentioned in campaign speeches and manifestos.

May 10, 2024

What Underlies Modi’s Frequent Election Rallies in Maharashtra?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The BJP’s power play in the western Indian state has generated sympathy for the opposition alliance. The latter is, however, organizationally weak.

May 07, 2024

Will India’s Hindi Heartland Propel Modi to Power Once More? 

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
The region, a stronghold of Hindu nationalism since the 1960s, has been Modi’s fortress. But the BJP seems less sure of success this year.

April 25, 2024

Does Modi’s Anti-Muslim ‘Hate Speech’ Reflect Nervousness?

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
At an election rally, he said that the opposition would redistribute wealth among “infiltrators” and “those who have many children,” an allusion to Muslims.

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.

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