Abbas Siddiqui, cleric of the prominent shrine Furfura Sharif in West Bengal, forged an alliance with the Left and the Congress party in the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections. In a conversation with Outlook, he talks about the accusations against him and why the partnership with AIMIM fell through.
Ostentatious celebration of Durga Puja in Calcutta is traced back to the early 1700s when Bengal’s zamindars outdid each other in displaying their influence, power and wealth by spending large sums of money in festivities.
Indeed when the former Lok Sabha speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, was expelled from the CPI(M) in 2008, it was almost unthinkable considering the position the veteran politician enjoyed in his party which he joined in 1968.
The more immediate source of tension in Calcutta currently is the possibility that the forty lakh people who were declared illegal by the neighbouring state could try to flee Assam and enter the city as refugees.
Mountaineer Chhanda Gayen wouldn’t have got permanently lost on her 2014 expedition if she were fitted with a transceiver. That sums up the utility of ham radios for individuals in moments of crisis, which is where certain teams have found a niche.