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Staining The Sundarbans

|By Arati Rao| It was 5am as we set off from Chandpai forest station, heading south into the Sundarbans. A thick dark fog hung sullenly about us. A few kilometers on, visibility beyond the prow fell to near zero, forcing us to dock mid-river. As we waited, voices rang out from somewhere in the thick blur: fishermen singing to semaphore their presence. ...

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Political ‘cold war’ altering people’s social life in Bengal

By Sanjay Pandey Kolkata: Heated arguments and intermittent clashes between supporters of rival political parties are common during an election season. But political rivalry in Bengal takes an ugly turn in Bengal often signaling the start of a never-ending ‘cold war’. A “cold war” between the loyal cadres of rival parties stretches from one election to the other, often invading ...

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