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Biased western media concocts anti-Modi tales

Sunday, 18 Jun 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Last week, I received an email from a producer in a global TV network requesting me to be a guest in a discussion on Aadhaar. In normal circumstances I would have happily obliged. However, the timing — post midnight — was inconvenient and I sent my apologies. The producer replied...

Credit goes to Scots for halting Corbynite march

Sunday, 11 Jun 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

It was by any reckoning an extremely close shave. If the United Kingdom has been spared the grim tragedy of Jeremy Corbyn waving to the cameras in front of 10 Downing Street before assuming office as the head of a so-called “Progressive” coalition, the credit goes to the Scots. In...

US green exit: Blessing in disguise for India

Sunday, 04 Jun 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

President Donald Trump’s decision to opt out of the Paris Climate Change agreement on the ground that it is unfair on the United States was entirely in line with his election pledge. It has occasioned outrage in diplomatic circles for two reasons. First, because it is assumed that internal politics,...

If Europe is to survive, it must root out jehadism

Sunday, 28 May 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

It may sound extremely callous, but I was overcome with a sense of dťjŗ vu last Monday morning on hearing the news of the previous night’s suicide bomb attack at Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. There were the initial flutter over the dead and wounded, the inevitable police...

UK election: Strong wind blowing in May’s favour

Sunday, 21 May 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

A casual visitor to Britain — and there are a lot of them each summer — will be forgiven for not being aware, except in the media, that the country is in the midst of a general election campaign. Unlike India where electoral politics is a great festival and, often,...

Three years on, India heads for New India

Sunday, 14 May 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

On May 26, the Narendra Modi Government will observe its third anniversary. For India, the experience of a stable and clearly focussed Central Government led by a person whose leadership is unchallenged and assured is a novelty after a prolonged spell of shaky and often incoherent Governments. To the extent...

What is happening in France isn’t unique

Sunday, 07 May 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

By early Monday morning, we will know whether the opinion pollsters have finally got it right for a change or have muffed it yet again. This time in France. However, that is the least significant feature of the second round of the Presidential election that has attracted global attention. The reason...

AAP’s conspiracy EVM theory tragic

Sunday, 30 Apr 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Every election produces winners and losers. It happens all the time and there is nothing exceptional about the phenomenon. The winners, while having digs at opponents, routinely mouth platitudes about being “humbled” by the verdict and repeat promises about effective implementation of election promises. The losers, in their turn, speak...

Stop meddling in India’s affairs via its diaspora

Sunday, 23 Apr 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

On the face of it, the visit of Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan to India was nothing more than routine. Sajjan, whose father emigrated to Canada from Punjab when he was still a child, is a Canadian Sikh — one of the many Canadian-Indians to occupy governmental posts in...

AAP is a fluke or not, municipal polls will tell

Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Thanks to the growing centralisation of the news industry around the National Capital Region, there is an understandable tendency to focus disproportionately at doorstep happenings. This may explain why the electoral drubbing of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Rajouri Garden by-election for the Delhi Assembly has been the subject...


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