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. 

Divided Opp still failing in its duty

Divided Opp still failing in its duty

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

The bottomline is that while the BJP has chalked out its agenda, the Opposition is still stumbling about Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be completing the first year of his second term in office on May 30. While critics are discussing the Modi Government’s report card, it makes one think about...

Time for the Govt and the Opp to work unitedly

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

The Opposition is within its rights to ask questions about the Government’s readiness and the Government, too, is duty-bound to remain accountable. Both should keep aside their political agenda as the priority is dealing with the pandemic Is the Opposition supporting the Narendra Modi Government’s efforts to contain the Coronavirus pandemic...

Together we can beat the Coronavirus

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

Experts say that quarantine is one of the most effective ways of containing an epidemic. Therefore, it is imperative that more than the steps taken by the Government, we impose self-restrictions at an early stage to limit the COVID-19 spread and help each other in this trying time Most of India...

We can just wait and watch

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

Fear of the unknown is powerful and Coronavirus still remains unfamiliar. SARS took about six months to stop, largely through public health measures. Being the second-most populous country in the world India has cause to worry but there’s no need to panic A clear picture of the full ramifications of the...

Uddhav doing a tightrope walk

Thursday, 12 March 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

The three partners — Sena, NCP and the Congress — should keep asserting their respective positions for public consumption and Uddhav should keep harping on his Hindutva ideology. This is the only way the coalition can continue Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray is trying to do a fine balancing act between...

Congress must seize the day

Wednesday, 04 March 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

No clear leaders have emerged from the anti-CAA movement. However, the grand old party has not been able to take advantage of this opportunity and fill the leadership vacuum The anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests have entered a critical phase, with the courts taking cognisance of them. However, as is the...

US First Ladies leave their mark

Thursday, 27 February 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

While the American First Lady’s role has evolved over the years, this is not the case in India. One just hopes that the spouses of future leaders of the country will come out from under the shadow of their husbands The only visible programme arranged for the visiting US First Lady...

Don’t write the Congress off yet

Wednesday, 19 February 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

It was an umbrella party at one time giving space to all shades of opinions and ideologies — the Right, Left and the Centre — and despite many splits it has survived so far. So there is no reason why it cannot do so in the future Many people are writing...

Sunday Edition

A summit feat

31 May 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

‘I have always been a drama queen’

31 May 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

The strongest coffee is here

31 May 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer


31 May 2020 | Pioneer | Sunday Pioneer

US Presidential poll in times of Covid

31 May 2020 | Manan Dwivedi | Agenda

Maoist mayhem under new leadership

31 May 2020 | Anshuman Behera | Agenda