Kalyani Shankar


Kalyani Shankar is a political commentator and a syndicated columnist. She was the Political Editor of Hindustan Times and also its Washington correspondent. A press fellow at Cambridge University and senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, Shankar is a founder member of the Indian women press corps. 

TDP-BJP fallout: New challenges

Wednesday, 14 Mar 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

With elections to the North-East States over, the spotlight now is on South India. While the BJP wants to expand its footprint, it will be a life and death battle for the Congress. Besides, there are regional players too. It’s all about getting the permutation and combination right Now that the...

Northeastern breeze could flatten Congress

Wednesday, 07 Mar 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The bigger challenge for the Congress right now is to dispel the growing misgivings about the future of the party. At the coming plenary session of the AICC, Rahul Gandhi should unveil a new plan, a new vision for the party and ensure all members live up to it Is the...

The tussle in the North-East

Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

It is a close battle between the BJP, Congress and other regional parties in the North-East. All parties have interests in mind, but whosoever wins, political stability should be the top priority for all-round development and inclusive growth of the State The most neglected north-eastern region has come into focus in...

Waking up a sleepy Opposition

Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The BJP juggernaut is almost unstoppable now. To stop this resurgence, the Opposition must put its house in order. For any viable united electoral plan, the Congress has to reinvent itself and recover its traditional strongholds What is the main challenge before the Congress, which dreams of containing the resurgent Bharatiya...

Why Chandrababu Naidu got it wrong

Wednesday, 07 Feb 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Chandrababu Naidu has been pressing for more funds for Andhra Pradesh and has even threatened to break with the NDA. Ultimately, he does not have many options. His party needs the BJP more than otherwise. Naidu must swallow his pride Throughout his political career, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has...

Changing arithmetic in Maharashtra

Sunday, 04 Feb 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The Shiv Sena’s decision to go solo is a blow to the BJP. While the Maratha movement has petered out, the Dalit movement, farmers' woes, lack of jobs and price rise are likely poll issues. A vote-share split may work to the advantage of the Congress-NCP combine, if they come...

Into Tamil Nadu’s heart of darkness

Wednesday, 24 Jan 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Following Jayalalithaa’s death and Karunanidhi’s retirement from active politics, all major players in Tamil Nadu are in disarray and need each other. Alliances are the only way forward as no party can depend just on its core support or, indeed, its superstar leaders Tamil Nadu politics is taking an interesting turn...

Rajini arrives, does he have staying power?

Wednesday, 03 Jan 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Can Rajinikanth shake up the electoral scene in Tamil Nadu as effortlessly as he sets fans' hearts aquiver with his on-screen persona? Tamil superstar Rajinikanth's punch line in his hit film Kabaali is“Naan vandthttenuchollu (Tell them I have come.)” On Sunday, wearing a spotless white kurta, Rajnikanth or Thalaivar...

Deepening crisis in Tamil Nadu

Wednesday, 27 Dec 2017 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Dhinakaran may have created history by winning the RK Nagar constituency but he is definitely not the one who can lead the State. The problem with Tamil Nadu is that it is leaderless. Young leaders do not command the same stature as old ones Tamil Nadu is back in focus. ...

Rahul must focus on fixing organisation

Wednesday, 20 Dec 2017 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

While passing on the mantle to her son, Sonia Gandhi has only partially given up on her responsibilities. She will continue as the Congress parliamentary party and UPA chairperson. In the party, the old guard and regional leaders need her the most On Saturday, the Congress had a regime change with...


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