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. 

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...

Emerging cracks in grand alliance

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

A pan-India Opposition alliance to take on the BJP remains a chimera at best. Recent activities in the political circles have made it clear that the Opposition lacks unity. The more it divides anti-BJP votes, lesser will be its chances of winning While the Opposition has been touting the idea of...

Smelling trouble in Uttar Pradesh

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

The collaboration of SP-BSP and troubles with its own allies have made matters worse for the BJP. But the party remains hopeful It is often said that ‘Uttar Pradesh is India and India is Uttar Pradesh.’ A win in India’s most populous State can prove to be a game-changer for any...

Monotony of our political discourse

Thursday, 03 January 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

As parties milk the issue of triple talaq, a unanimous decision remains far-fetched. Ultimately, Muslim women are the worst sufferers With the Lok Sabha passing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill last week, the issue of triple talaq has, once again, held centrestage in Parliament. While the...