Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

Govt must let Shaheen Bagh protest peter out

Govt must let Shaheen Bagh protest peter out

Sunday, 19 January 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

Till a month ago, and despite having lived in the national Capital for decades, I had no idea where Shaheen Bagh was. Even now I have only the haziest of idea where it is situated. Yet, legend has it that Shaheen Bagh is the epicentre of a mass revolt that...

BJP’s exacting work in Maha to have overarching effects

Sunday, 24 November 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

In many ways the proposed grand alliance involving the NCP-Congress alliance on the one hand and the Shiv Sena on the other in Maharashtra may have reminded some people — at least those who care to be interested in history — of the infamous (but woefully short-lived) Hitler-Stalin pact of...

Diplomacy key to India-Lanka ties

Sunday, 17 November 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

By the time this column appears, the trends, if not the results, of Sri Lanka’s presidential election should be known. It is always hazardous to anticipate the outcome of an election since voters are often — though not always —inclined to defy conventional wisdom and opinion polls. Not that the...

Inability to join RCEP a lesson

Sunday, 10 November 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

If political reactions are anything to go by, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to keep India out of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership — a grouping that is set to become the world’s largest trading bloc, outpacing even the European Union — was greeted with a measure of relief in...

Sena-Cong sham marriage unlikely

Sunday, 03 November 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

It is my hunch that the present stand-off involving the BJP and its alliance partner Shiv Sena will be resolved if not within the next few days but before the end of November. Of course I may be wrong and we could see the unlikeliest of all coalitions that includes...

Poll results postmortem abetted by exit poll josh

Sunday, 27 October 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

If the pre-results exuberance turned out be unwarranted, it follows that the post-poll assessment of widespread rural distress and disinterest in national affairs must also be appropriately discounted Statistics can often be a wonderful consolation prize. According to an analysis by the Hindustan Times, just 6,887 extra votes strategically spread across...

Bapu’s disrespect in UK is insult to India

Sunday, 20 October 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Among the many functions of the media, one that strikes me as being significant is its ability to give publicity to those who least deserve it. The media, thanks to its innately competitive character, tends to highlight the bizarre and the weird. Increasingly, outlandishness is becoming a foolproof way of...

Mortifying silence on Murshidabad murders

Sunday, 13 October 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

It is always a single incident that forces a society to finally stir itself out of its natural somnolence and raise its collective voice of indignation. We can still remember how the brutally murderous gangrape of a young woman — what subsequently came to be known as the Nirbhaya incident...

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