Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

If success, it is Rahul’s; failure is for lesser beings

If success, it is Rahul’s; failure is for lesser beings

Sunday, 09 December 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

There will always be sharp differences of opinion over the veracity of exit polls and, for that matter, exit polls. In view of the erratic track record of such polls there will always be those who are inclined to dismiss their projected outcome as erroneous. This temptation will be even...

Calling Modi ‘chor’ Cong bid to shore up prospects

Sunday, 14 October 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

There was a time when politicians were guided by a combination of feedback from the ground and gut instinct. The importance of the latter was never insignificant. It has become even more important in the age of ‘Breaking News’ and the 24x7 news cycle. Today’s politicians don’t have the luxury...

2019 poll crucial for Cong before India dumps its ilk

Sunday, 07 October 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

It is entirely possible to be sympathetic to the argument emanating from the Congress camp that the alliance talks with the Bahujan Samaj Party in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan broke down on account of Mayawati’s exaggerated demands for seats. From a purely psephological angle, the BSP seems to have...

Recent SC verdicts negate existence of absolute law

Sunday, 30 September 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

It is difficult to think of another time when the public agenda was set in so sharp a way by judicial pronouncements. The judgments of the higher courts matter in most democracies where there is a separation of powers, but the sheer frequency of socially relevant judgments in today's India...

It’ll take more than math to upset Modi applecart

Sunday, 23 September 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

The initial reaction to the Bahujan Samaj Party choosing to have an alliance with Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh, rather than the Congress, has followed expected lines. The BJP, understandably apprehensive about the consolidation of anti-BJP votes in a State where only a very thin margin separates it and the...

BJP support base intact, suggests DUSU verdict

Sunday, 16 September 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

Political parties are quite naturally inclined to talk up their successes and underplay the significance of setbacks. Under the circumstances, the elation in the BJP over the ABVP’s victory in three of the four elected posts for the Delhi University Student’s Union is understandable. Likewise, it is also entirely predictable...

Modifying Section 377 was job of MPs, not SC

Sunday, 09 September 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

Last Thursday, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court modified Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and decriminalised homosexuality involving consensual adults. It was a welcome decision that involved modifying laws to keep pace with the shifting moral codes of society. More to the point, it conferred a certain...

2019 win will prove PM's notebandi far-sightedness

Sunday, 02 September 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

Demonitisation may take a positive electoral verdict for Narendra Modi in 2019 for the first revisionists to emerge and praise the far-sightedness of the Prime Minister. However,the alliance to defeat Modi in 2019 is also a project to return to the days when only complete idiots paid taxes while the...

State Editions


15 December 2018 | PNS | Chandigarh

Don’t hold conferences at Shaheedi Jor Mela: Capt

15 December 2018 | PNS | Chandigarh

Mauritius to adopt Indo-Israel horticulture project

15 December 2018 | Pioneer News Service | Chandigarh

Yogi asks Rahul to apologise for Rafale lies

15 December 2018 | PNS | Lucknow

Sunday Edition

Full support to UP police: Gen Rawat

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Will win at least 140 seats in MP: BJP

09 December 2018 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer

Indian Navy ship seizes arms, ammunition off Somali coast

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

New Delhi:

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Yogi trying to derail probe in Bulandshahr violence: Congress

09 December 2018 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer