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West Bengal

Prashant Kishor: The Whiz

Amita Shah

What’s next for the artist of elections?

The Five National Takeaways

Kerala, West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, as different as they are, offer a bigger picture when considered together

The BJP Position

It is now established as a party of the Northeast and the only opposition in West Bengal

A Chequered Victory

West Bengal and Assam, important for ideological reasons, are less likely to play a role in BJP’s immediate future

Mamata to the Fore

After beating back Modi-Shah, will she be ready to lead the opposition nationally?

Charulata: His Allegorical Women

When the woman made a radical choice, Ray was uncomfortable. He was more comfortable showing women taking a stand against institutional orthodoxy

The Mind of Bengal

It is easy to see why Ray’s films were classed as arthouse in the West. In Calcutta, they were screened in cinemas which showed regular Bengali films, whose audiences in the 1950s and 1960s didn’t watch much Hindi cinema

The Inner Eye

Ray obsessed about the tiniest detail. A sceptic of the time had grudgingly admitted: ‘How did a city boy know that when a frog dies, it floats on its back?’

From Genius to Divinity

Satyajit Ray never touched alcohol, and listened to a sonata by Beethoven on his turntable gramophone at breakfast. What else could possibly be required for the biodata of a Calcutta god?

He Kept You at Arm’s Length

But you could always trust Satyajit Ray to say what he meant. His opinions were sharp, to the point

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