Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

GST, unaddressed Hindu concerns blighted BJP

GST, unaddressed Hindu concerns blighted BJP

Sunday, 16 December 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

Parliament didn’t function last week and, as of now, there are no indications that it will work next week. Elated by the Congress victory in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi seem quite hell bent on ensuring that India has a lame duck government...

Guild can’t tell Akbar not to move court

Sunday, 21 October 2018 | Swapan Dasgupta

The #MeToo campaign arrived in India with a bang and left a trail of devastation. A Minister at the Centre has been compelled to resign, many editors and journalists have been asked to leave their posts, some important figures in Bollywood are under a cloud and there is pressure on...

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...

State Editions

Cyber tech new weapon of anti-nationalists: Naidu

17 December 2018 | IANS | Chandigarh

Mentally healthy or mentally ill ?

17 December 2018 | Dr Sona Kaushal Gupta | Dehradun

Spooky, Spine Chilling Tales from the Garhwal Himalayas

17 December 2018 | JASKIRAN CHOPRA | Dehradun

Ensure more price for paddy: Saryu Roy

17 December 2018 | PNS | Ranchi

One protesting para-teacher dies

17 December 2018 | PNS | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

A star is reborn

16 December 2018 | UMANG AGGARWAl | Agenda

Barabati Fort Where the stones speak

16 December 2018 | Somen Sengupta | Agenda

A dignified voice against patriarchy

16 December 2018 | Gautam Mukherjee | Agenda

Waiting for the sun to rise

16 December 2018 | UMANG AGGARWAl | Agenda

The changing face of Delhi

16 December 2018 | Excerpt | Agenda

Technology meets border security

16 December 2018 | SRINATH RANGARAJAN | Agenda