Biswajeet Banerjee

Getting a grip on encephalitis

Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Japanese Encephalitis has been a major killer in easter Uttar Pradesh for years together. Yogi Adityanath Government’s vaccination drive is a great step, but more is needed In 2016, when eastern Uttar Pradesh was in the grip of encephalitis, Yogi Adityanath, Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur, had said children were...

Legacy headache for Yogi

Tuesday, 06 Jun 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

With law and order control mechanisms left in tatters by the previous Samajwadi Party regime in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP Government faces a daunting challenge Last fortnight was very newsy in Uttar Pradesh, where incidents like murder, kidnapping, rape and theft dominated newspapers. The allegations of jungle raj flew left, right...

The Yogi and his State

Friday, 14 Apr 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Big Story

In the new Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh's Muslims see a saviour. This has taken his critics by complete surprise Mother of three, Noorjahan, 32, got the shock of her life when she received a letter from her husband early last month carrying the three dreaded letters: Talaq, talaq talaq. She was...

Fighting hostility at grassroots

Monday, 13 Feb 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

The Congress and the Samajwadi Party have joined hands to fight the Assembly election. Both Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav are seen together often, smiling away. But similar bonhomie is missing between the two parties at the workers’ level on the ground The city skyline across Uttar Pradesh is splattered with...

Riding on Akhilesh’s fervour

Thursday, 19 Jan 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

With a hope that the communication campaign run by his strategist Steve Jarding, who has ensured that right words reach the ears, Akhilesh Yadav is confident of making a comeback in Uttar Pradesh. Will he succeed? We will known on March 11 Early last week, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav...

Bribe is a way of life, after all!

Monday, 28 Nov 2016 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Corruption is a common enough practice in Government departments in Uttar Pradesh. From PWD to irrigation to agriculture to industries, it determines the rules of the game. The demonetisation decision has come as a major jolt to the graft industry The telephone ring broke the reverie of MK Narain (name changed),...

The making of a Mulayamwadi

Monday, 23 May 2016 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Amar Singh is a flamboyant politician who methodically plotted his return to the Samajwadi Party, wherein he outsmarted his detractors and won over the hearts of party leaders, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav The return of former Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh to the Samajwadi Party fold was on...

Smelling the coffee, finally

Wednesday, 01 Apr 2015 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has taken a sensible decision to not announce fancy new projects but to concentrate on the realisation of those that had been announced with much fanfare months or years ago. He has to face the people soon While completing three years in office, Uttar Pradesh...

It’s back to basics for Mayawati

Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Having received a resounding blow in the Lok Sabha election, the Bahujan Samaj Party has dropped the social engineering strategy and is returning to its tried and tested Dalit vote-bank When senior Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swamy Prasad Maurya asked his party workers not to worship Ganesh and Gauri during marriage...

Prestige, future at stake in UP

Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

The coming by-election in Uttar Pradesh is a test of mettle for both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the ruling Samajwadi Party in the State. The Congress is nowhere in the fight and the Bahujan Samaj Party has not fielded any candidate Two main political rivals — namely the Bharatiya Janata...


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