Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

Is Parliament victim of echo chamber politics?

Last Monday, I attended a cosy dinner in Delhi hosted by a visitor from Mumbai.

The Greek gamblers

Those who experienced London of the 1970s may recall Collet’s, a left-wing bookshop run by a wing of the Communist Party, on Charing Cross Road.

To forget is costly

At the best of times India is bad at commemorating the past.

The Janata experiment

Even two years ago, the very idea of a dyed-in-the-wool Lohia-ite such as Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar openly calling on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for political consultations would hav

The year that was

There are times when the commemoration of an occasion assumes greater importance than the occasion itself.

The tainted mirror

In the absence of government files whose transfer to the archives after 30 or 50 years is based on flights of whimsy, scholars of contemporary India — shorthand for anything dealing with the post-Inde

The city & the carnival

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has every reason in the world to be ecstatic over the results of the municipal polls in the state.

A fur coat & a shawl

Some months ago, a prominent journalist posted a photograph on Facebook of Indira Gandhi visiting a Government of India-run emporium in New York.

A week is a long time in politics

Success and failure often depend as much as what one side does right — both tactically and striking the right notes — as what the other side does wrong. In the three weeks since he was anointed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate, a move that set the terms for the 2014 general election, Narendra Modi may, arguably, have faltered twice, and both times at his mega-rally in Delhi on September 29.

Imperial ties, modern tenor

Maybe it’s a question of sheer familiarity but the annual Queen’s Birthday Party hosted by the British high commissioner on the lawns of his spacious bungalow Delhi is among the more agreeable diploma

What often goes unnoticed is the fact that the genesis of Kashmir (commonly known as Jammu and Kashmir) is linked to 565 princely states, which became independent along with the birth of two sovereign

India has carried out the execution of Yakub Memon,” says the BBC, “the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings.” It goes on to say that 257 people were killed in the Mumbai blasts.