Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

Out with the Left

A comic aspect of Communist politics is the insistence of the party of the red flag that its mundane political manoeuvres are always guided by lofty ideological consideration, not the least of which m

Campus turbulence

Human resources development minister Smriti Irani made a determined attempt last Wednesday to douse the fire caused by the tragic suicide of Rohith Vemula, a research scholar at the University of Hyde

Why the ‘nation’ fell silent on Kaliachak

Last Sunday morning, even as the country’s attention was focused on the terror attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, another drama was unfolding in the Kaliachak area of Malda district in

Christmas is for everyone

Having spent the first 16 years of my life in Calcutta — as it was then called — Christmas has always been burra din to me.

Sonia’s swagger

Unlike many political leaders who are inclined to shoot from the hip, Congress president Sonia Gandhi takes caution to an extreme.

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.

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

Though the victory march of the Bharatiya Janata Party that began in 2014 was brought to a halt in 2015 with major setbacks in the Delhi and Bihar Assembly elections, there seems to be a reversal of t

The film Airlift is a commercial success. I was bewildered by its repeated attempts to suppress what is true and suggest what is false.