Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

West Bengal politics is at a crucial stage

West Bengal politics is at a crucial stage

Sunday, 29 November 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

Unlike some Western democracies where the attachment to political parties tend to be lifelong, there is considerable fluidity in political affiliations for activists. This is partly because — with the exception of the Congress, the BJP, Communists and a handful of regional parties — the party system in India is...

State needs to act for public good

Sunday, 27 September 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

Covid-19 is a public health issue that demands state action to, first, ‘flatten the curve' and then make the environment safe for people. And this is where national character assumes significance. At the heart of public policy is the question of the quantum of demands a state can legitimately make...

Everyone whistling in dark on Covid

Sunday, 20 September 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

Looking at two different parts of the world, it is sometimes difficult to believe that the whole world is engaged in a relentless but common battle against a deadly — and often lethal — viral illness that has been dubbed Covid-19. First, there is the case of the United Kingdom. Prime...

World awaits wonder drug to treat Covid

Sunday, 13 September 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

According to an ANI report this Saturday (September 12) morning, the past 24 hours saw 97,570 new cases of people infected with Covid-19, with the national tally now crossing the 46 lakh mark. Although the gap between the percentage of recovered cases and percentage of active cases is getting wider,...

Cry over suspension of Question Hour absurd

Sunday, 06 September 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

There is a constitutional obligation for Parliament to meet every six months. Under the exceptional circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic it would have been entirely in order for the Government to have convened a token one or two session of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, meet the constitutional...

Withdrawal of Delhi riots book anti-Right

Sunday, 30 August 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

Some two decades or so, when I was still a full-time journalist, a controversy erupted over an aspect of history writing in India. The publication where I worked naturally commissioned a report on the kerfuffle and a mid-level reporter was entrusted with the task. As the editor supervising the news...

Polls during Covid: Debates imperative

Sunday, 23 August 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

The Election Commission of India has notified elaborate guidelines for the conduct of Assembly elections and by-elections during the Covid-19 pandemic. Considering the extraordinary circumstances in which a crucial element of democratic life has to be maintained, the guidelines attempt to maintain the essence of competitive politics while safeguarding ordinary...

Can’t afford mistakes of Partition again

Sunday, 16 August 2020 | Swapan Dasgupta

During my schooldays in Kolkata in the second half of the 1960s, most newspapers published Independence Day supplements. A recurrent feature of these supplements was a question: is Partition irreversible? The question was understandable. Perhaps relatively unnoticed by the rest of India for whom Partition — and the horrors associated with...

State Editions

Pari murder: IG Bothra to lead 5-member SIT

29 November 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Now, pensioners can get digital life certificates

29 November 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

inbrief

29 November 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Locals block NH after minor’s death

29 November 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Fake notes of nearly Rs 1L seized in J’suguda

29 November 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Another Cuttack fake spice unit busted

29 November 2020 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Sunday Edition

Working From Home? Beware of that cyber attack

29 November 2020 | Ajay Singh | Agenda

Pebbles of a dead sea

29 November 2020 | Somen Sengupta | Agenda

Astroturf | Mind balance is the key

29 November 2020 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Talktime | ‘Chhalaang was slated to do well’

29 November 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

no kidding

29 November 2020 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

‘I’m enjoying the process of writing new songs now’

29 November 2020 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer