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. 

Contest the real contest seriously

Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

There’s a lot of clamour among the Opposition to take on the BJP but they must glue together. Fragmented, they cannot challenge its might In one of his rare interviews last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ridiculed the idea of any grand alliance of opposition parties to challenge him in...

Race for the Prime Minister’s post

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Ahead of the 2019 General Election, the road for the Congress to become the nucleus of Opposition unity is fraught with challenges Now that the Narendra Modi Government has won the trust vote in the Lok Sabha, what next? The dramatic ‘hug’ and ‘wink’ of Congress president Rahul Gandhi while speaking...

Empower Muslim women in true sense

Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The abolishing of triple talaq is welcome. But the need is to address broader issues like employment and education for Muslim women Should we smell politics behind the Triple Talaq Bill which the Modi Government is so keen to push through in the ensuing Monsoon Session? Will it be passed or...

Lend voice to Parliament

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

As the Monsoon Session is set to begin, one hopes that history does not repeat itself. Leaders must shun a political slugfest and focus on transacting business The Monsoon Session of Parliament is scheduled to begin from July 18 and will conclude on August 10. Already speculations are rife that this...

Tough times for Rajasthan’s queen

Thursday, 05 Jul 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The odds are stacked against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Her third term depends on her actions now. She must get a grip on the situation Of the three BJP-ruled States — Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — scheduled to go to polls at the end of the year, the party is...

A contest between NDA and UPA

Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The BJP has a committed cadre, articulate leaders, effective alliance partners in some States and, above all, it has good communication skills. The party's fate in the upcoming General Election depends on the unity of the Opposition. If the Opposition remains divided, BJP may get lucky again The Bharatiya Janata Party’s...

Kejriwal-Modi power struggle

Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Arvind Kejriwal's victim card might have worked once or twice in the past but he cannot win the 2019 General Election by playing it repeatedly. Nobody appreciates constant street politics Amidst the summer heat and severe pollution levels, the National Capital was caught in a bizarre confrontation between Delhi Chief Minister...

Looming crisis in Parliament

Wednesday, 04 Apr 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

Both the Opposition and the Government must be held responsible for wrecking parliamentary proceedings, the consequences of which are grave — a disenchanted public may lose confidence in public representatives No one should be surprised at the headlines in newspapers and prime-time televsion channels that the current Winter Session of Parliament...

No-trust motion: Widening cracks in the NDA

Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

With allies showing open disillusionment and alienation with the BJP-led NDA Government, it is no longer about numbers, it is about the perception quotient, which the BJP can afford to ignore only at a political cost. The party needs to act before it’s too late Who thought that Prime Minister Narendra...

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...


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