Kalyani Shankar

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. 

United colours of Opposition a pipedream?

United colours of Opposition a pipedream?

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Undaunted by exit polls, Opposition unity efforts have gained momentum this past week. Almost all players have at some point in time dreamt of the prime ministerial job but the road to it is strewn with many hurdles and their contradictions Most exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the...

Tipping points for an electoral victory

Tipping points for an electoral victory

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Gripping as much the coming general election gets, political parties must pay heed to the often neglected but always key factors that can swing seats in their favour With high-stake polls round the corner, several important factors come into play for an electoral victory for any party. These components often influence...

The hand that steadies the cradle

The hand that steadies the cradle

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Sonia Gandhi may be toying with the idea of retirement from politics but the Congress needs her on many counts — to bridge the new and old guard, negotiate with the Opposition front and chaperone Priyanka in the post-Pulwama scenario All set to win her sixth Lok Sabha election since 1999,...

Cross hurdles to win the race

Wednesday, 06 March 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

The Pulwama terror attack has certainly diverted the attention from earlier issues like Rafale, jobs and agriculture crisis. The Opposition faces the challenge of not only changing the national security narrative but also the BJP’s communicative strategy After the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 and India’s subsequent retaliation to it, poll...

The unending battle for statehood

The unending battle for statehood

Wednesday, 27 February 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Arvind Kejriwal has, perhaps, chosen a wrong time to press for full statehood for Delhi as wounds of the Pulwama attack have not healed yet. It would be better if he highlights his achievements in health, education and power sectors Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is back with his old game...

Getting a grip of Kashmir’s problem

Getting a grip of Kashmir’s problem

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

At the root of the crisis is the radicalisation and alienation of the youth, who find it difficult to be hopeful about their lives and focus on their dreams. It is up to the Government to take immediate steps to calm down sentiments and mainstream them While neighbouring Pakistan needs to...

Does Priyanka have sanjeevini?

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Though she has been known as a backroom girl, active politics is different. Besides, she will be under constant scrutiny Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has taken charge as Congress General Secretary responsible for eastern Uttar Pradesh last week. The state is not new to her as she has campaigned earlier also in...

Regional parties take centrestage

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Now that State parties have come out of their comfort zones to make a foray into national politics, the BJP has to opt for State-specific strategies to emerge victorious in the general election Regional parties will be the king-makers in the ensuing Lok Sabha election. Even the New York Times...

Sunday Edition

Globe Trotting

19 May 2019 | Agencies | Sunday Pioneer

Left, TMC urge EC to ensure free, fair polling

19 May 2019 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer

Didi’s nephew sends defemation notice to PM

19 May 2019 | Saugar Sengupta | Sunday Pioneer

MoD rejects Vice Admiral Bimal Verma's petition

19 May 2019 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer