Swapan Dasgupta


Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

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.

Is Parliament victim of echo chamber politics?

Last Monday, I attended a cosy dinner in Delhi hosted by a visitor from Mumbai.

The Greek gamblers

Those who experienced London of the 1970s may recall Collet’s, a left-wing bookshop run by a wing of the Communist Party, on Charing Cross Road.

To forget is costly

At the best of times India is bad at commemorating the past.

The Janata experiment

Even two years ago, the very idea of a dyed-in-the-wool Lohia-ite such as Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar openly calling on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for political consultations would hav

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

Free trade deals have always generated controversies. Its ardent advocates see it as the panacea to the world’s most pressing problems. Its critics argue that free trade is not fair trade.

The unnecessary controversy about renaming Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi as Dr A.P.J.