Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

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.

Christians are being used, not persecuted

The most comic fallout of Jagdish Bhagwati’s interview to NDTV about the spuriousness of the brouhaha over persecution of Christians in India may yet happen if his great economist rival Amartya Sen de

Indian National Character 2.0

It is always hazardous to make generalisations about the national character.

AAP’s normal politics

A note of piousness invariably overwhelms the small screen each time the news anchors shift their gaze to the Delhi-centric phenomenon called the Aam Aadmi Party.

The bandwagon effect

In the 2004 general election, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance started out as the clear favourite and ended up confronted with an unexpected loss.

Alternative circles of influence rising

In India, culture wars are never-ending.

BJP vs Parivar

Over the past fortnight, the Narendra Modi government has attempted to send out strong and unmistakable signals to disown any involvement in some of the more adventurous and, consequently, controversi

What’s the real Opposition?

The term “shifting the goalpost” has come to be overused in polemical exchanges.

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

When William Blake published his The Tyger in 1794, he carefully replaced the usual “i” of “Tiger” with a “y” in order to suggest the extraordinariness of the apocalyptic beast.

Official visits by heads of state or government are like vital surgical operations — if you come out of the operation theatre alive and are back in your room, it is deemed a success.