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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 Gandhi brand is losing its sheen

The Gandhi brand is losing its sheen

Wednesday, 06 November 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Gone are the days when the Congress depended on the leader at the top to get candidates elected. Today, it is the personal drive and popularity of candidates, the caste factor and regional issues that get them elected The Gandhi brand seems to be at a historic low at present. With...

View Indian diaspora as an asset

View Indian diaspora as an asset

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

While the Prime Minister’s critics allege that he is building brand Modi abroad, he feels that the power of global citizens should be harnessed for the growth of India as well as projecting a positive image in the US Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to woo the Indian diaspora...

Can Sonia save a sinking Congress ship?

Can Sonia save a sinking Congress ship?

Wednesday, 28 August 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

A determined matriarch has taken the reins at a time when the party is totally demoralised. The Congress leadership should offer a ‘new Congress’ to the voters to attract them like the Labour Party in the UK came up with a New Labour Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s comeback as the chief...

Time to defuse population bomb

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

While Modi talked about India’s demographic dividend in his first term, in his second term he has realised that though a large population may not be a bad thing, it has to contribute to the country’s growth Eyebrows were raised when Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern about the population explosion...

An array of challenges ahead

An array of challenges ahead

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Sonia Gandhi has her task cut out. As the Congress chief, she has to build a grassroots base, boost the morale of its workers, fight the Assembly elections and most importantly, bring the old and the young camps together Sonia Gandhi is back again as the Congress’ chief after almost a...

Changing the face of Kashmir

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

The Modi-Shah duo has taken a historic step by rendering Article 370 toothless and repealing Article 35(A). But managing the aftermath is a challenge with some comparing the State to another Palestine August 5, 2019, will remain a historic day for the country. On this day, the Modi Government scrapped Article...

A battle for survival looms large

A battle for survival looms large

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

Ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, both the Congress and the NCP have to set their houses in order. Pawar may accuse the BJP of misusing probe agencies to coerce NCP leaders but what can he offer to keep them invested? Going by the erosion taking place in the Nationalist Congress...

Post debacle, rumour mill has it...

Post debacle, rumour mill has it...

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 | Kalyani Shankar

While there has been no consensus on who would succeed outgoing president Rahul Gandhi, speculation is rife that Priyanka Gandhi could be the chosen one. Even if for a moment we believe she does take charge, she will be wearing a crown of thorns Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took...

State Editions

Suspense continues over AJSU-BJP tie-up

14 November 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Man killed over witchcraft suspicion in Gajapati

14 November 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Cong decries officers’ no reply to their letters

14 November 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

46K found ineligible KALIA beneficiaries

14 November 2019 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Assembly stalled over violence against women

14 November 2019 | PABITRA SENAPATY | Bhubaneswar

Sunday Edition

Cleaning Delhi’s Air An Ethical and Economic Dilemma

10 November 2019 | Dr Manish Kumar Shrivastava | Agenda

Beyond Time and Space

10 November 2019 | Dr Asha Goswami | Agenda

Loving your own space

10 November 2019 | Sarita Mathur | Agenda

We need love to exist

10 November 2019 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Stay alert to keep mind in shape

10 November 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Ayodhya judgment: Reasons & resolution

10 November 2019 | PNS | Agenda