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Probir Pramanik

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About Probir
Probir Pramanik is a freelance journalist based in Siliguri (Darjeeling), India. Has worked with major international and Indian wires and publications, including BBC, IANS, UNI, The Telegraph, Hindustan Times and Outlook. Has deep contacts and domain knowledge of regional politics, especially about the political economy and geo-politics of South Asia, including Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan and the Northeastern India and trans Himalayan region.
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Once Known For Free Thinking, Bengal Under Didi Has Little Space For Humour

06 Oct 2023  |  https://www.outlookindia.com/
In Bengal under Mamata Banerjee, humor and criticism directed at the chief minister are met with severe repercussions, including arrests. The article highlights several instances where individuals faced legal actions for mocking or criticizing Banerjee, suggesting a decline in tolerance for free speech. The piece questions whether these reactions stem from insecurities or a shift in Banerjee's political stance.

Hammer And Sickle: How Communists Lost Relevance In Bengal

02 Oct 2023  |  https://www.outlookindia.com/
The article examines the decline of the Communist parties in West Bengal, highlighting their loss of relevance and disconnect from ground realities. It discusses the Left Front's failure to adapt to new socio-political dynamics, their inability to appeal to the youth, and the exodus of members to rival parties like the BJP. The piece also critiques the CPI (M) for its outdated policies and lack of fresh leadership, attributing these factors to the rise of the Trinamool Congress and BJP in the state.

West Bengal: Seven Kanchapara Councillors Return To TMC; 8 Others Say 'Mamata In Our Hearts'

01 Oct 2023  |  https://www.outlookindia.com/
Seven councillors from Kanchapara municipality in West Bengal's North24 Parganas district have rejoined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) after defecting to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This follows the return of eight TMC councillors from Halisahar municipality, who claimed they were coerced into joining the BJP. The TMC now holds a majority in the 23-member board. The defections and returns highlight ongoing political tensions and violence in the region, particularly following the Lok Sabha elections where the BJP made significant gains.

Bangladesh's Game-Changer: The Padma Bridge Project

01 Apr 2023  |  https://www.outlookindia.com/
The article discusses the construction of a major infrastructure project in Bangladesh, a $3.9 billion Padma river railroad bridge, which is expected to be operational by mid-2019. The bridge aims to connect over 30 million people in south and southwestern Bangladesh, improving transportation and economic prospects. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government is undertaking this project without foreign aid, after withdrawing a funding request from the World Bank due to allegations of corruption involving Canadian company SNC Lavalin. The bridge is anticipated to boost Bangladesh's GDP growth and is part of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM). The article also touches on Bangladesh's economic growth, the country's strategic diplomatic relations, particularly with India and China, and the security measures being taken to protect the bridge.

Will the results of the GTA polls bring stability in Darjeeling Hills?

09 Jul 2022  |  EastMojo
Anit Thapa, a seasoned politician in the Gorkha political arena of Darjeeling Hills, has been strategizing and waiting for the right moment to challenge his detractors. The article explores whether the results of the GTA polls will bring stability to the region, highlighting Thapa's perseverance and political acumen.

Manipur landslide: Mortal remains of Army personnel flown to Siliguri

02 Jul 2022  |  EastMojo
A somber atmosphere enveloped the Indian Army’s 158 Base Hospital in Bengdubi as the mortal remains of army personnel, who perished in a landslide at the under-construction Tupul railway station yard in Manipur's Noney district, were flown to Bagdogra. The caskets, draped in the Indian Tricolour, were transported from the airport to the hospital in army vehicles, with hundreds of people, including the bereaved families, in attendance.

Vandalism Of Vidyasagar's Bust Has Given Mamata Banerjee A Handle To Play The Bengali Card

16 May 2019  |  https://www.outlookindia.com/
The vandalism of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar's bust during a BJP roadshow has become a significant political issue in West Bengal, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leveraging the incident to appeal to Bengali cultural pride ahead of the final phase of Lok Sabha elections. Both the Trinamool Congress and BJP blame each other for the violence, while the BJP aims to strengthen its foothold in the state. The incident has sparked widespread outrage and discussions among the public, highlighting Vidyasagar's contributions to Bengali society.

Fight against Islamic terror may help Sheikh Hasina retain power

13 Dec 2018  |  Big News Network.com
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's strong stance against violent extremism and her government's socio-economic achievements are key factors that may help her retain power. The Awami League's zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism, including the prosecution of Jamaat-e-Islami leaders, has garnered public support. Despite a relatively united opposition, the economic growth and infrastructure projects under Hasina's leadership, such as the Padma River railroad bridge, bolster her position. The political landscape is dominated by the rivalry between Hasina and Khaleda Zia, with the latter facing significant legal challenges. Young voters will play a crucial role in the upcoming elections.

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