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. 

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...

Scrub allegations and come clean

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

The Election Commission has been at the receiving end of scathing attacks from the Opposition for being unjust in its decisions. The panel must quell all doubts over its ethics and uphold its reputation Perhaps the Election Commission of India (EC) has never ever been under such scrutiny as it is...

An unconventional fight in Varanasi

An unconventional fight in Varanasi

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

While people are divided about the developmental works carried out by the Prime Minister in Varanasi, they are sure he has no challenger in this constituency. The only question is about the margin of victory Prime Minister Narendra Modi has represented Varanasi for the past five years. Has the constituency...

Hindu nationalism: Ultimate trump card

Hindu nationalism: Ultimate trump card

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Having failed to harp on issues of national security and development, the BJP is once again playing the Hindutva card to woo voters. It is to be seen if this cafeteria approach of the party will click this time or not The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to have gone back...

Prize fight buzz in Varanasi

Prize fight buzz in Varanasi

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may have taken the political plunge but the million dollar question is, will the Congress field her against Prime Minister Modi? It will make for a tantalising contest but will the party take the risk? The buzz in the Congress’ circles is that general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra...

Multi-cornered fight in Andhra Pradesh

Multi-cornered fight in Andhra Pradesh

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

With 25 seats in the Lok Sabha, Andhra Pradesh is an important State that can swing the narrative in case of a hung House. Definitely it isn’t a cakewalk for parties as they have been trying hard to grab the voter’s attention With 25 Lok Sabha seats, Andhra Pradesh can become...

The fatal game of opportunistic politics

The fatal game of opportunistic politics

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

The odds of the BJP stealing the narrative from real issues like jobs and farmers’ crisis to build its campaign on the twin planks of nationalism and terrorism are not lost on anyone. The Opposition has a lot of catching up to do With elections round the corner, the Opposition still...

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...

State Editions

Youth's body found hanging from tree

21 July 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Gang busted, 2 criminals arrested

21 July 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Plantation drive with Miyawaki technique

21 July 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Inbrief

21 July 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

EndGame Dhoni?

21 July 2019 | Akshay Lokapally | Agenda

Decoding mystical maya

21 July 2019 | Radhanath Swami Maharaj | Agenda

Negativity can be curbed

21 July 2019 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | Guru helps one become self-empowered

21 July 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Talktime : ‘I’m not good at making retarded films’

21 July 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Story on a string

21 July 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer