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. 

The ‘high command' diktat in Punjab

The ‘high command' diktat in Punjab

Wednesday, 22 September 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

Punjab is the story of ascending power of the two Gandhis who persuaded their mother to replace the Captain with a weak leader After months of suspense, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has been replaced with Dalit leader Charanjit Singh Channi this week. Punjab being a border state affected by...

Tackling India’s growing population

Tackling India’s growing population

Wednesday, 21 July 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

The Prime Minister should try to form a national policy on population and bring a consensus on the issue of managing its growth There is a raging debate about regulating the population growth in India. Three BJP-ruled States — Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka — intend to bring a two-child policy...

Uniform Civil Code: Need for urgent consensus

Uniform Civil Code: Need for urgent consensus

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

There are many differences over the idea of one-nation-one-law but it will draw more benefits than multiple laws with conflicting provisions Should India do away with the concept of personal laws and bring in a Uniform Civil Code for all citizens? Is this the right time for bringing such a law?...

Alternative front without the Congress a no-go

Alternative front without the Congress a no-go

Wednesday, 30 June 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

Is it possible to have a collective leadership in a partnership where the regional satraps and the Congress both expect to head it? The idea of an alternate front has emerged once again after the meeting held at the residence of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar recently. Why is the...

Sasikala planning a return to Tamil Nadu politics?

Sasikala planning a return to Tamil Nadu politics?

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

Age and circumstances are against her but she will not throw in the towel easily and will weigh her options to see how she can stage a comeback Will V.K.Sasikala, a one-time close confidante of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, make a comeback?  It is a question mark as...

Disturbing dissent in both national parties

Disturbing dissent in both national parties

Wednesday, 16 June 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

While the BJP, as the ruling party at the Centre, can crack the whip, the Congress, being in the Opposition, does not have that luxury Both the Congress party and the BJP – the two main national parties- are facing internal problems in the states where they rule. The basic difference...

Time is running out for the Congress in Punjab

Time is running out for the Congress in Punjab

Wednesday, 09 June 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

Captain Amarinder Singh, the Chief Minister, hardly has any option but to take the dissidents along and run a united ship The Congress leadership is engaged in damage control in Punjab with the political crisis threatening to go out of control.  The high command is looking for a formula to...

Mamata-Modi showdown: Poll heat is still on

Mamata-Modi showdown: Poll heat is still on

Friday, 04 June 2021 | Kalyani Shankar

Politics has trumped economics in India’s story of cooperative federalism If West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee does not leave any opportunity to settle political scores with Prime minister Narendra Modi, nor does the BJP with Banerjee. Last week, to show her annoyance, she opted out of the meeting to review...

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