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Sourjya Bhowmick
Journalist/ Author

Sourjya Bhowmick is a journalist with the TV9 Network in Calcutta. He has previously been associated with the Times Network, Hindustan Times and IndiaSpend. He studied Political Science at Presidency College at the University of Calcutta and was active in politics from 2004 to 2011. His first book ‘Gangster State - The Rise and Fall of the CPI(M) in West Bengal’ (2021) unravels the communist experiment in West Bengal (led by the Communist Party of India — Marxist) on which not much has been written so far. It is a subject that is close to his heart — perhaps, a bit too close — having himself been a part of the denouement. As an insider he has an endoscopic view of the malignancy that crept into the innards of the party. At the same time, it also denies him the perspective of distance. Although Bhowmick calls it “creative non-fiction” — the book is, in fact, a thinly veiled autobiographical novel in which the protagonist — Rajat Lahiri — is a replica of Bhowmick himself. The book spans from the mid-1990s to the late 2000s.