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Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

Bapu’s disrespect in UK is insult to India

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...

Modi’s historic change in diaspora outreach

Sunday, 25 August 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Howdy Modi” may seem an exceptionally strange way of addressing India’s Prime Minister, except perhaps in Texas. Fortunately, it was an event in Houston, Texas, that billed a diaspora outreach programme of Narendra Modi in this fashion. The labelling, however, is secondary. What is more relevant is that, having done a...

Western media feeds on demonisation of Modi

Sunday, 18 August 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

There has been a fair amount of outrage over the disruption of India’s Independence Day celebrations in London by a demonstration of Pakistani Kashmiris and a handful of Khalistanis. The outrage is warranted, and more so in the light of the BBC’s predictably one-sided coverage of the event in Central...

Modi can’t be deterred by communal blackmail

Sunday, 11 August 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

The initial excitement over the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir and the reorganisation of the State has given way to a more considered assessment of its implications, both domestically and externally. While there is a cautious wait-and-watch approach to how the Kashmir Valley will react once the...

Opp fails to stall Modi’s political agenda in RS

Sunday, 04 August 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

When the Parliament session concludes on August 7 (or, as is being speculated, is further extended by another two days), the Narendra Modi Government will have the satisfaction of having completed the most productive Budget-cum-monsoon session. I doubt if any other Parliament session in recent memory — or, indeed, ever...

RTI Act needs more changes for efficacy

Sunday, 28 July 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Last week, following its passage in the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha approved the amendment to the Right to Information Act. A determined attempt — a very legitimate parliamentary tactic — by the Opposition to refer the amendment to a Select Committee failed following a division. The NDA Government that...

Business of crying for media freedom

Sunday, 21 July 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Earlier this month, along with two other journalists, I attended a conference on Media Freedom convened by the Foreign Ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom. It was a non-official delegation and was in no way representative of the diversity of India’s media — and I don’t think anyone claimed...

Party hopping isn’t new but BJP should use caution

Sunday, 14 July 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

The suggestion, widely circulated on the social media, that Amit Shah had quietly persuaded the New Zealand cricketers to abandon their black jersey for the blue and thereby ensured that India was there in the cricket World Cup final, was amusing. However, on a more serious vein, it pointed to...

State Editions

50 booked for deterring public servants from discharging duties

20 October 2019 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Close fight between Cong, BJP for Jhabua Assembly bypoll

20 October 2019 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

One booked for rape, accused absconding

20 October 2019 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Former MLA’s missing daughter appears through social media

20 October 2019 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

Now, Santhal Pargana to see development only: CM

20 October 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Jharkhand has the best textile policy, says CM

20 October 2019 | PNS | Ranchi

Sunday Edition

Mighty Millets

20 October 2019 | Kavita Devgan | Agenda

Astroturf : Watch your thought patterns

20 October 2019 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo | Agenda

Change of mineset

20 October 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

‘Employing women in mines leads to innovative ideas & perspectives’

20 October 2019 | Shalini Saksena | Sunday Pioneer

Talktime | ‘I don’t want to enter politics’

20 October 2019 | MUSBA HASHMI | Sunday Pioneer

Make it special

20 October 2019 | Sunday PIONEER | Sunday Pioneer