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 Congress must decide

The Congress must decide

Wednesday, 05 August 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

The party needs leadership, direction, revival, a new narrative and unity. Maybe even a non-Gandhi at the helm, soon For the first time since Sonia Gandhi took over as the Congress president after the resignation of Rahul Gandhi last August, the rift between the “old guard” loyal to Sonia and Team...

Time to end the ‘aya Ram, gaya Ram’ culture

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

There are many reports on electoral reforms that are lying with the Govt and these must be implemented. But for this, a strong political will is needed Elections for 24 Rajya Sabha seats, spread across 10 States, will be held on June 19. These biennial polls are crucial for both the...

Covid has hastened the birth of the digital neta

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

Most parties have moved away from traditional methods of communication and have shifted their political wars to cyber space Covid-19 has changed the dynamics of almost everything in the world, including politics, and poses challenges for all walks of life and all kinds of institutions. This is true of democracy, civil...

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...

The new normal

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

We cannot let our guard down and must continue to follow social distancing norms, wear masks and avoid crowded places How will life change for us in the post-lockdown period and what have we learnt from the Coronavirus outbreak? Many experts in India and abroad have stressed the point that the...

Opportunity in a crisis

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

The Congress Party should give constructive cooperation to the Modi Government right nowand lead the Opposition, too While there was disappointment within the Congress that interim president Sonia Gandhi was not very active and former chief Rahul Gandhi was indifferent to politics, the Covid-19 outbreak seems to have rectified that. Sonia...

Unsavoury clashes

Wednesday, 06 May 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

Activist Governors and egoistic Chief Ministers are the last thing India needs, especially during a pandemic Should State Governors and elected Chief Ministers confront each other even at the time of a crisis? Do we need activist Governors or are they mere figureheads? Do we need the Governors at all or...

Rural India hunkers down to avoid COVID

Wednesday, 29 April 2020 | Kalyani Shankar

It is clear that a successful strategy for rural India will go a long way in dealing with the pandemic. However, the solutions have to be organic and community-based for them to work. And the war should be fought on two fronts — healthcare as well as on the economic...

State Editions

BSES discoms’ replacement scheme for ACs, fans

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Govt sends notices to 5,584 firms for not filing GST returns

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Pay salaries of Covid warriors, Cong workers tell Kejriwal

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

FIR filed against six revenue officials among 12 people

08 August 2020 | Parvesh Sharma | Delhi

SDMC swings into action as vector-borne diseases surge

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

CSE welcomes notification of EV Policy

08 August 2020 | Staff Reporter | Delhi

Sunday Edition

Bonded with love

02 August 2020 | Navneet Mendiratta | Agenda

A spiritual bond

02 August 2020 | Sant Rajinder Singh | Agenda

Astrological remedies for cure

02 August 2020 | Acharya Praveen Chauhan | Agenda

Do we know all the factors?

02 August 2020 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Awareness is Godliness

02 August 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

A new chapter begins

02 August 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer