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. 

It’s advantage BJP in fight for three States

It’s advantage BJP in fight for three States

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Buoyed by the recent Lok Sabha sweep, a confident Amit Shah has prepared an ambitious plan to bag over 75 seats in Haryana, 65 plus in Jharkhand and more than 220 in Maharashtra during the Assembly elections After a stunning victory in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party...

Where is the alternative voice?

Where is the alternative voice?

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Constructive criticism and not blind agitation is the role of an effective Opposition in a parliamentary democracy. Sadly, a counter view is missing in the 17th Lok Sabha making PM Modi look even more larger than life The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha has begun well without much disturbance...

The epic fall of coalition Governments

The epic fall of coalition Governments

Wednesday, 10 July 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

History suggests that in most cases, such experiments have not been successful. A common bond and not greed for power should be the motto for two political parties coming together Coalition Governments generally do not succeed in India. Why is it so? For multiple reasons, perhaps — both at the State...

The deep slumber of varied opinions

The deep slumber of varied opinions

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Post a massive electoral debacle, the Congress is directionless, clueless and leaderless. Problems are mounting with power struggles between the old and new guard deepening every passing day. The grand old party needs to come up with a revival plan An intense power struggle is on between the old guard...

One step forward despite hurdles

One step forward despite hurdles

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

The general perception is that the Congress has been weakened beyond repair. But the party must not be bogged down. Instead, under good leadership, it should implement a revival plan to secure its future, beginning with the States Going by recent happenings, it seems the Congress high command’s authority is gradually...

Review, revamp and re-emerge

Review, revamp and re-emerge

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

To rise again, the Congress needs to reinvent itself and strengthen the organisation. It must play the role of a credible Opposition not by criticising every move of the Government but by supporting it for the acts that are in the nation’s interest The Congress has gone back to the...

Going from strength to strength

Going from strength to strength

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

The Congress needs to look at the present crisis as an opportunity to change itself to modern-day needs. A new strategy must include infusion of dynamic second-rung and strong State-level leaders. It must be a blend of experience and youth The Congress is going through an existential crisis even as...

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...

State Editions

Punjab launches three-day polio vaccination drive

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

Punjab appeals farmers to shun stubble burning

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

IN Brief

16 September 2019 | PNS | Chandigarh

Road safety is a concern, so is steep traffic fine

16 September 2019 | Nishu Mahajan | Chandigarh

Memories of Simla goes back to British India

16 September 2019 | PNS/Dr Gaurav Sanjay/Dr BKS Sanjay | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

The bare necessities Simple ideas that matter

15 September 2019 | Tim de Ridder | Agenda

Heal self For a better world

15 September 2019 | Sant Rajinder Singh | Agenda

Correct your self-image

15 September 2019 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Watch over your karma

15 September 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Talktime | ‘I felt like an actor after doing LSD’

15 September 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Pickle me pink

15 September 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer