Swapan Dasgupta


Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

Let it pour down on Bharat Mata

In recent years, India’s Meteorological Department (IMD) hasn’t exactly earned a reputation for unfailing accuracy.

No match for Didi

When Mamata Banerjee stormed into power in 2011, destroying what had seemed an impregnable Left citadel for 34 years, it was on the back of a democratic uprising — but expressed through the ballot rat

The audacious vs the entrenched

After the Super Tuesday primaries this week, the suspense over the nature of the contest for November’s presidential election in the United States is over.

JNU, then and now

Contrary to a stereotypical view that some people have of me, I entertain a sneaking admiration of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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.

According to the old saying, history repeats itself first as tragedy and second as farce. But some political parties are obviously not familiar with this verity.

Now that the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections are barely a few months away, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah has started doing the rounds of temples and attending religious functions