Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

Western media feeds on  demonisation of Modi

Western media feeds on demonisation of Modi

Sunday, 18 August 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

There has been a fair amount of outrage over the disruption of India’s Independence Day celebrations in London by a demonstration of Pakistani Kashmiris and a handful of Khalistanis. The outrage is warranted, and more so in the light of the BBC’s predictably one-sided coverage of the event in Central...

May should have quit at least a year ago

Sunday, 23 June 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

One of the things I like best on a longish domestic flight is to read the London newspapers. I barely have time to justify my expensive subscriptions during the political season in Delhi. However, a flight, undisturbed by an eager co-passenger, over-anxious to discuss politics with a so-called insider, is...

MPs must respect popular mandate to let House run

Sunday, 16 June 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

It is to be hoped that the presiding officers of both Houses and the Government take the initiative to address the larger questions of dysfunctionality that gripped Parliament in the first half of 2019. The voters did their job and reposed faith in democracy as the most effective instrument of...

‘Contempt’ set to disrupt creation of Modi’s India

Sunday, 09 June 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Fifteen days time is not even a ripple in the history of an ancient civilisation such as India. It has been just about 15 days since the emphatic verdict of the people of India was known. And it is barely over a week since the post-election celebrations culminated in the...

Congress future hinges on Modi’s performance

Sunday, 02 June 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

In the aftermath of an election, the focus is naturally on the winner; the losers are left to either mourn or reflect on where they went wrong. The 2019 general election has produced one clear winner: Narendra Modi. Having won State Assembly elections, the Biju Janata Dal and the YSR...

Anti-Modi intellectual elite fights for survival

Sunday, 26 May 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

It is bad form to focus on the losers after an election that has produced a clear winner. Yet, this election was rather strange in many respects. And it is the oddities that need some casual attention. At one level there was the BJP, blessed by a leader that had all-round...

EC must make poll sanctity foolproof

Sunday, 19 May 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

By Sunday evening, the excruciatingly long general election of 2019 will have come to an end. By the afternoon of May 23, the country will digest the results and slowly come to terms with the overall verdict. In the interregnum there will be the exit polls and a dissection of the...

May 23 will prove if Opp gambit worked

Sunday, 12 May 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

An excruciatingly long election campaign, coupled with the scorching summer heat, invariably results in fatigue and weariness. As the country approaches the final two rounds of voting, this is becoming painfully apparent. At this stage of the campaign, the leading players have more or less said their lines, positioned their...

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