Swapan Dasgupta

Possibilities galore as parties brace for 2019

Sunday, 15 Apr 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

With about a year to go before voting, the election campaign for 2019 has well and truly begun. As of today, there are three broadly distinct campaigns underway. As the incumbent with control of the Central Government and a parliamentary majority to defend, the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has...

Lutyens circuit’s resilience against Modi-led changes

Sunday, 08 Apr 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Today's Newspaper

The extent to which Lutyens’ Delhi is a microcosm of India or exists as a rarefied enclave is the subject of endless and inconclusive discussions. Whatever be the reality, this tiny corner of India’s Capital is always an interesting case study since its social influence far exceeds its spatial limitations. For...

Victimised Hindus' quest for identity in W Bengal

Sunday, 01 Apr 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Today's Newspaper

It is extremely unlikely that the average reader of newspapers — whether in English, Bengali or Hindi — would have anticipated the violence that broke out in Asansol and Raniganj in the aftermath of the Ram Navami celebrations on March 25. The media, among other things such as entertain, shock...

Dysfunctional Parliament threatens India’s vitality

Sunday, 25 Mar 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Even by the whimsical standards of India’s 24x7 TV news channels, the coverage of the Rajya Sabha elections, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, was exceptionally bizarre. Whether the Bharatiya Janata Party would manage to secure eight seats or nine in UP was, of course, a matter of some interest. But the...

Opp smells blood, 2019 to be no cakewalk for BJP

Sunday, 18 Mar 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The remarkable extent to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has contributed to the soaring electoral fortunes of the BJP was, ironically, fully evident in the outcome of the recent round of parliamentary by-elections. Whether in Uttar Pradesh or for that matter earlier in Rajasthan where the BJP lost a total...

Mamata’s Lenin love stems from BJP fear

Sunday, 11 Mar 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The very idea that one day West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would publicly stand up for a statue of Lenin that had been installed to commemorate the CPI(M)’s victory in Tripura in 2013 would have seemed quite preposterous until last week. Despite the ‘progressive’ streak in the Congress —...

BJP win shows Modi magic undiminished

Sunday, 04 Mar 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Three weeks ago, at the Central Hall of Parliament, BJP president Amit Shah told me quite categorically that the CPI(M) would be swept away from Tripura in this election. To be honest, I felt he was overstating the extent of the BJP surge in a State where it had polled...

Trudeau’s visit just to wow Indian diaspora

Sunday, 25 Feb 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

From all accounts, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attempt to blend a family vacation with sharp politics and some casual diplomacy was only a limited success. Trudeau was certainly extremely successful in getting his happy family photographs across both Canada and India. Indians weren’t terribly impressed by his bling apparel...

Opp’s Nirav mud unlikely to reach PM

Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The only two things Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nirav Modi — the businessman now at the centre of a huge scam involving a public sector bank — have in common is a common surname and, maybe, a common mother tongue. Otherwise, the two individuals occupy different universes. Yet, these...

Strange bedfellows trying to cobble up anti-Modi unity

Sunday, 11 Feb 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

If the talk in the Central Hall of Parliament is anything to go by, the unceasing slogan shouting by Congress MPs during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on the President’s address had the direct blessing of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Far from subduing Modi — who never shies away from...


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