Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

Hijack alert: Loose cannon aboard

Depending on the person encountered, the responses to the Narendra Modi government after a little over six months in office can be aggregated into three broad categories.

The dynamics of an unusual Jammu and Kashmir election

The encouraging 71 per cent voter turnout in the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly poll plus the violence-free atmosphere in which the election campaign is being conducted is a thumbs-up f

Regrets only

Hosts of a function whether a private individuals or a non-official body have the complete and inalienable right to invite whosoever they choose.

For 30 pieces of silver

There was a belief in some circles of the ruling Trinamul Congress that the Centre had deliberately over-reacted to the bomb blasts in Burdwan to create conditions for the uninterrupted expansion of t

Burden of being Modi

It is a commentary on how the campaign for the Maharashtra election has shaped up that the Congress devoted its final message to charging the Bharatiya Janata Party with facilitating “paid news” by re

Modi & the networks

Last week I attended a very convivial literature festival organised at the Technology City, Bengaluru, by a group of young enthusiasts. Normally, as happens in such gatherings, there is a very thin separating “literature” from current affairs. I was therefore not very surprised to find myself — along with three other Delhi-based journalists — as a speaker on “Polls 2014 and their message.”

Bengal churns

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Our real friends

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been judged harshly by his contemporaries for his unending failures to protect the integrity of his office. In plain English, he was too often a pushover, succumbing to pressures from the dynastic owners of the Congress Party and their unpalatable representatives.

Talk straight, or don’t talk at all

Engaging-with-Pakistan has been one of Delhi’s big growth industries over the past 15 years. Apart from domestic investment (both from the public and private sectors), it has attracted generous quantities of foreign direct investment, despite not having much to show by way of tangible returns.

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.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) has become a very controversial issue.

As the big freeze descends, London begins to look as it used to, before we knew what global warming was.