Swapan Dasgupta


Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

Reading the Bihar vote

The first-past-the-post electoral system that India borrowed from Westminster and retained after Independence is unquestionably unfair to parties whose support base is dispersed across a wide area.

Media & Modi Sarkar: Observer or partisan?

Last Friday, in case some of you didn’t notice, the executive board of the Sahitya Akademi, an institution that has been very much in the news, met and passed a resolution upholding India’s “spirit of

Shiv Sena needs a crash course in PR

There are many tricks of the trade that Sudheendra Kulkarni must have learnt in the course of his fruitful association with the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Food sovereignty

Those who have had the good fortune of travelling to China as part of any Indian delegation will readily testify to the generous and lavish hospitality of offer.

There is an alternative

If public memory is short, the collective memory of the Indian media appears to be shorter still.

The power of Buddha

Civilisational concerns and cultural diplomacy are unlikely to captivate the popular imagination at the time of celebrity murder.

Tackle politics first, governance later

It was instructive to monitor the Twitter postings last Tuesday afternoon of people who are often understood to be in the know of things in India — I mean the stalwarts of the media.

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

My word! Are we touchy... or are we touchy? Our skins are getting thinner and thinner by the day.

Even in the most avowed democracies, wars, terrorism, insurgencies and natural calamities ensure the relevance and respect of the defence forces and their veterans.