Swapan Dasgupta


Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

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.

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.

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

It is spring season and although cities like Bengaluru are ridiculously pretty at this time of the year, with all the trees in bloom, it is also the time for all concerned citizens to be on alert agai

Human resource development minister Smriti Irani is facing yet another crisis with chairman of IIT Bombay’s board of governors Anil Kakodkar resigning.