Swapan Dasgupta

Swapan Dasgupta

2019 LS elections polarised on Modi

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...

Modi yet to show  his ‘dream’ hand

Modi yet to show his ‘dream’ hand

Sunday, 17 February 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Last week Parliament felt like the final days of the school academic year. Everyone, but particularly the Lok Sabha members, was in both a reflective and celebratory mode. Celebratory because the assigned work was finally over — at least for the time being — and reflective because there was no...

Opp turns RS into blocking chamber

Sunday, 10 February 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

By Wednesday, February 13, after the Interim Budget is passed, the 16th Lok Sabha will become history. In another fortnight or so, the model code of conduct will come into effect and the country will formally get into election mode. Normal governance will resume at the end of May when...

Budget bolsters Modi’s pro-poor credentials

Sunday, 03 February 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

If global investment funds and correspondents of the Western media were to judge the Interim Budget of 2019 presented by Piyush Goyal this Friday, they would unquestionably have honed in on a big Government: The failure to adhere to the fiscal deficit target set in last year’s Budget. It was...

Priyanka impact on Cong fate uncertain

Sunday, 27 January 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Every political party has impulses which are almost instinctive. For the BJP, the most natural thing in moments of excitement or even confusion is to fall back on nationalism and Bharat Mata ki jai; for Communists, the ideal has always been the red flag and, in the Indian context, Inquilab...

Modi’s chance to retain power high

Sunday, 20 January 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

The past week has been exhilarating for the Opposition that hopes to upstage Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP in this summer’s general election. First, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP have managed to craft a seat-sharing arrangement that will lead to both parties contesting 38 seats each in Uttar...

10% quota nips in bud pro-reservation protest

Sunday, 13 January 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

Among the many points raised as objections to the 124th Constitution Amendment Bill to enable means-tested reservations was the contention that it was a direct consequence of the BJP’s defeat in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. The argument is not devoid of merit. During the campaign, particularly in Madhya Pradesh, the...

Anti-Modi brigade to set the ball rolling

Sunday, 06 January 2019 | Swapan Dasgupta

On Friday evening in a vain bid to find out if anything significant — other than the Lok Sabha debate on the contrived Rafale controversy — had happened in the country, I switched on the TV. On at least three ‘news’ channels, I was greeted by a lot of indignation...

Sunday Edition

Links Hanuman to Dalits

14 April 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Prashant Kishor rubbishes Rabri's merger bid claim

14 April 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

513 ceasefire violations by Pak post Balakot strike: Army

14 April 2019 | PTI | Sunday Pioneer

Sadiq Batcha’s wife wants his death re-probed

14 April 2019 | Kumar Chellappan | Sunday Pioneer