Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

May should have quit at least a year ago

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...

Cong has given up battle against Modi

Sunday, 28 April 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

It was five years ago that I was in Varanasi for Narendra Modi’s roadshow before he filed his nomination for his first Lok Sabha election. It was a spectacular show that very hot April morning, perhaps as exhilarating as the grand assertion of popularity last Thursday afternoon. The pedants can...

Festival of democracy must not be vipassana

Sunday, 21 April 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

There are many conflicting views of the role being played by social media in 2019 general election. For many politicians, and not necessarily those confined to a particular age group, social media is a strange and unfamiliar beast that distracts from the ‘real’ campaign-meeting and speaking to people. Mercifully, this...

2019 LS elections polarised on Modi

Sunday, 14 April 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

In this year’s election, the Central issue is PM Modi. In many respects, the election is turning out to be a referendum on him. People either like what they have seen of him over the past five years or they dislike him. I have hardly met anyone who is ambivalent...

Cong still relevant as political force

Sunday, 07 April 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

There is a temptation in some circles to dismiss Congress president Rahul Gandhi as a complete Pappu and an airhead. While this perception may well be grounded in perceptions of his personality, it has no place in serious political analysis. Rahul as an individual may be important but what is...

‘Confident’ Modi all set for second term

‘Confident’ Modi all set for second term

Sunday, 31 March 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

No Indian election, at least in these days of intensely competitive politics, is ever really won until the last vote is counted. Yet it is commentary on the state of play, some two weeks before the first round of voting, that some Opposition leaders are actually claiming that this will...

Modi biopic fuss non-issue for EC

Sunday, 24 March 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

An unintended consequence of the staggering popularity of social media in the world is the mushrooming of completely useless controversies that have a life-span of a few hours. One such erupted last week over the countrywide release of the film PM Narendra Modi starring Vivek Oberoi on April 12. The announcement...

Again, arrogance may fail anti-Modi brigade

Sunday, 17 March 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Over the past fortnight I have had to undertake many long car journeys in West Bengal. Since few of them involved travelling through what the Americans call ‘scenic routes’, much of the time in the backseat of a car has involved playing with my iPad and scrolling through Twitter. Predictably, the...

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Love always wins!

23 June 2019 | PNS | Sunday Pioneer

Most at home as a playwright

23 June 2019 | Arvind Joshi | Agenda

Krishna’s message on work-life balance

23 June 2019 | Dr Asha Goswami | Agenda

Pray to God for guidance

23 June 2019 | Ajit Kumar Bishnoi | Agenda

Astroturf | We must not take depression lightly

23 June 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

A will to live well

23 June 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer