Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

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.

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.”

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.

On the first day of American President Barack Obama’s visit to India, the two most commonly used words were chemistry and optics.

January 27, 2015, was an eventful day. A few events took place almost simultaneously on this day that are likely to impact the future of India’s security and economy.