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Of budgetary allocations and electoral promises

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

The Adityanath Government’s Budget is a mixed bag. While it gives preference to infrastructure, roads, and farm-loan waivers, it seems to have forgotten the commitment it made to grassroot level schemes during its election campaign. Nevertheless, the Government gets the thumbs up When Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Rajesh Agarwal presented...

Healing touch in Uttar Pradesh

Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 | Biswajeet Banerjee | in Oped

Reforming as well as owning up to its own short-comings, the Yogi Adityanath regime is giving ample proof of its sincerity to serve and bring about change The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, talked about a “tryst with destiny” when he addressed the nation for the first time from...

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...


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