Swapan Dasgupta

NDA’s RS Dy Chair win purely symbolic

Sunday, 12 Aug 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Much has been made, mainly in the media, at the NDA Government’s success in securing the victory of its candidate, Janata Dal (United) MP Harivansh, for the post of Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Considering that the Government does not have a working majority in the Upper House and...

NRC aims to put Indians first

Sunday, 05 Aug 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The argument proffered by the opponents of the NRC exercise that it is impossible to push back the illegal immigrants is broadly correct. This is recognised in Assam too. But that does not mean that the integrity of Indian democracy should be compromised During various fierce discussions on the draft report...

Wild elements can upset BJP apple cart in 2019

Sunday, 29 Jul 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

There are many privileges of being in Parliament. The one I cherish the most is the special access that allows me to gauge the thinking of the political class. Convivial conversations with MPs, cutting across the party divide, is invaluable in sensing the mood. In recent days, as political reporting...

No-Trust positioning exercise for Modi

Sunday, 22 Jul 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

The emphatic victory of the Narendra Modi Government in the No-Confidence Motion moved by the Telugu Desam Party was creditable. But it does not detract from the fact that the trial of strength in the Lok Sabha was not really about overthrowing the Government and triggering a general election some...

Trivia makes whole year silly season

Sunday, 15 Jul 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

In many countries of the West, there exists a ‘silly season’, the time most natives pack their bags and go off on their sacrosanct summer holidays. It is also a time, Parliament goes into recess and there is a break from politics. In official India, holidays are regarded as avoidable...

Miles to go for India before UK gives passport its due

Sunday, 08 Jul 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Earlier last week, I spoke at a discussion in a committee room of the House of Lords on the wide-ranging theme of Britain, Brexit and India. In my opening remarks I referred in passing to the Indian exasperation at the occasional depiction of our country as a land of endemic...

Refugee burden clouds Germany’s faith in EU

Sunday, 01 Jul 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

These are troubling days for Germany. Last Wednesday evening, Germany found itself eliminated from the football World Cup being played in Moscow after a surprise defeat against South Korea. It was a moment of national dejection, a time of intense sadness in a country where soccer is an obsession. Simultaneously,...

Indians deserve better UK student-visa care

Sunday, 24 Jun 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Last week, there was a strong undercurrent of indignation in middle class India over the exclusion of India from the list of countries approved by the United Kingdom for quick processing of student visas. In theory, this should have been a non-issue. All countries have an inalienable and sovereign right...

TV news channels’ frivolous conduct

Sunday, 17 Jun 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

Public discourse in a large and diverse country in India invariably tends to be episodic. What grabs the headlines for a day or even a week often sinks without trace subsequently, with historians guaranteed to not even accord it a footnote. To be fair, the print media is relatively a...

Pranab uncomfortable with politics of untouchability

Sunday, 10 Jun 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta | in Usual Suspects

India is never lacking in seasonal entertainment that often passes off as public controversy. The frenzy — both among the editorial and political classes — over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to a RSS function in Nagpur last week was a very Indian storm in a chai cup. There was...


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