The contemporary political history of Bangla
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The history in general of Bangla (West Bengal)
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- West Bengal clash
- BBC World Service, 19 February 1998. Clash between supporters of
the Congress party and the breakaway Trinamool Congress during
election campaign (brief).
- West Bengal communists face criticised
- BBC World Service, 28 August 1998. An internal party report accuses
itself of being influenced by vested interests. It was drafted by
three party figures known to be opposed to the state's long time
chief minister, Jyoti Basu.
- Unity for name change in Calcutta: Links with the
imperial legacy will go as Calcutta changes its name
- By Subir Bhaumik, BBC World Service, 21 July 1999. To appeal to
national support vs. New Delhi, the Bangla state assembly decided
to rename Calcutta as Kolikata and West Bengal as Bangla.
- Marxist party change of guard in W.Bengal
- BBC World Service, 16 November 1998. The Communist Party of India
Marxist (CPIM) in West Bengal has appointed Anil Biswas as
general-secretary, replacing the veteran leader, Sailen
Dasgupta. The CPIM, in power in West Bengal for more than
twenty years, is challenged by a group of younger party leaders who
slowly made their way to the top (brief).
- Life imprisonment following Bengal arms drop
- BBC World Service, 2 feb 2000. Conviction of a British arms trader
and five Latvians of smuggling weapons to a militant Hindu sect
in l995 - [it seems they were agents of an imperialist intervention
to destabilize the state] (brief).
- Veteran communist to step down
- BBC News Online 27 oct 2000. The veteran Indian Marxist leader,
Jyoti Basu, is to step down from the head of the world's oldest
democratically elected communist government. Mr Basu, 87, has
been the chief minister of the eastern state of West Bengal for
23 years. Mr Basu's retirement will come as a setback to Bangla's
governing Left Front, which faces fresh elections next year.