March 28, 1991 |
At first glance, it seemed like just another Sunday morning in Mir Bahar Ghat, a teeming and gritty cobblestoned market street in the heart of an urban hell. Flanked by the stench of disease and human waste, laborers and children scrubbed themselves in a poisoned well. A dozen filthy pigs nibbled their way through a steaming heap of yesterday's garbage.
March 2, 1991 |
Along Calcutta's main north-south boulevard, long since renamed Lenin Street, maimed beggars live beside open sewers on sidewalks crumbling from neglect. Corpses often lie for days before they're collected, and the smell of rotting trash is everywhere. These are street-level images in Calcutta, an urban nightmare of 15 million people with a worldwide reputation for poverty.
March 28, 1991 |
A shining pot of freshly brewed morning coffee stands tantalizingly on a tray in the hotel suite. Beside it is another pot filled with frothing steamed milk. Cups are set on paper doilies, napkins are laid out, pastries can be spied. And so it all remains, as Dominique Lapierre, the 59-year-old author of "The City of Joy" and his current bestseller, "Beyond Love," talks on. What passions can cause a Frenchman to forget food and drink?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2004 |
Nripen Chakraborty, 99, a veteran Indian Marxist leader and elected official of the Tripura state, died Saturday of cardiac arrest in a Calcutta hospital. Chakraborty had been associated with the communist movement for six decades, according to the news agency Press Trust of India. He began his career as a journalist for the Calcutta-based Ananda Bazar Patrika newspaper. Politically, Chakraborty became a key leader of the pro-China Communist Party of India (Marxist).
February 5, 1988
An alliance led by Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's ruling party apparently has ended 10 years of Communist rule in northeastern Tripura state, returns in legislative elections showed. In the state capital of Agartala, 1,000 miles east of New Delhi, election officials said Gandhi's Congress-I party captured 23 of the 60 Assembly seats in Tuesday's election, while an allied party took seven, giving the alliance a total of 30 seats.
September 26, 1986 |
Extremists in Punjab on Thursday shot to death a prominent Communist politician known for his outspoken opposition to the campaign for a separate Sikh state, police said. A senior police official said that Darshan Singh Canadian, 80, was killed by two gunmen as he rode a bicycle in Mahilpur village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district. Canadian, a leader of the Communist Party of India, took his name from a stay in Canada in the 1920s when he worked as an activist with the Canadian Communist Party.