Swapan Dasgupta

Stories By Swapan Dasgupta

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and BJP President Amit Shah. File Pic/ AFP

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah should blend political advance with restraint

The suggestion, widely circulated on social media, that Amit Shah had quietly persuaded the New Zealand cricketers to abandon their black...Read More

Budget not dramatic but unremarkably original

Budget not dramatic but unremarkably original

There is a set ritual for Budgets in India. The mandatory photo-op with the red, leather briefcase; the speculative stories and the (some...Read More

Opposition abandons key concerns for fringe

Opposition abandons key concerns for fringe

In the early years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term, there was an interesting debate centred on the government’s approach to ...Read More

Former London mayor and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson leaves his home in London on June 28, 2016.
EU leaders attempted to rescue the European project and Prime Minister David Cameron sought to calm fears over Britain's vote to leave the bloc as ratings agencies downgraded the country. Britain has been pitched into uncertainty by the June 23 referendum result, with Cameron announcing his resignation, the economy facing a string of shocks and Scotland making a fresh threat to break away. / AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN

Putting Boris Johnson at No 10 is an incalculable risk

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 s...Read More

Political sparring ok, but not dysfunctional democracy

Political sparring ok, but not dysfunctional democracy

An election campaign in India is a very long and exacting affair. Although the formal campaign began much later, the past six months of 2...Read More

Narendra Modi’s win: Intellectuals are still shell-shocked

Narendra Modi’s win: Intellectuals are still shell-shocked

Fifteen days is not even a ripple in the history of an ancient civilisation such as India. It has been just about 15 days since the empha...Read More

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Opposition parties waiting for PM Modi to make a mistake

In the aftermath of an election, the focus is naturally on the winner; the losers are left to either mourn or reflect on where they went ...Read More

EC’s role to be in focus in the coming debates

EC’s role to be in focus in the coming debates

By Sunday evening, the excruciatingly long general election of 2019 will have come to an end. By the afternoon of May 23, the country wil...Read More

Barring the last phase of polls, 2019 battle is over

Barring the last phase of polls, 2019 battle is over

An excruciatingly long election campaign, coupled with the scorching summer heat, invariably results in fatigue and weariness. As the cou...Read More

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Congress has given up battle after three rounds

It was five years ago that I was in Varanasi for Narendra Modi’s road show before he filed his nomination for his first Lok Sabha electio...Read More

Model code purpose not to put candidates on leash

Model code purpose not to put candidates on leash

There are many conflicting views of the role being played by social media in 2019 general election. For many politicians, and not necessa...Read More

The real fight: National issues v/s local concerns

The real fight: National issues v/s local concerns

I have spoken at small, middle-class gatherings and addressed people whose principal experience has been life in small towns, far away fr...Read More

Momentary revival of Congress eco system

Momentary revival of Congress eco system

There is a temptation in some circles to dismiss Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a complete Pappu and an airhead. While this perceptio...Read More

PM Modi’s coherent narrative appeals to his supporters

PM Modi’s coherent narrative appeals to his supporters

No Indian election, at least in these days of intensely competitive politics, has ever really won until the last vote is counted. Yet it ...Read More

Today’s technology tests the EC’s effectiveness

Today’s technology tests the EC’s effectiveness

An unintended consequence of the staggering popularity of social media in the world is the mushrooming of completely useless controversie...Read More

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Unbeatable Modi: Doting fans vs unrelenting haters

Over the past fortnight I have had to undertake many long car journeys in West Bengal. Since few of them involved travelling through what...Read More

Only Balakot can counter the ‘Wokes’ among us

Only Balakot can counter the ‘Wokes’ among us

Last week, while reading a copy of The Daily Telegraph — the old fashioned conservative daily published from London — I was thrilled to a...Read More

Awkward noises don’t imply distracted nation

Awkward noises don’t imply distracted nation

The return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to India from Pakistani custody last Friday evening was met by a combination of release...Read More

Media should not treat Government as a punching bag

Media should not treat Government as a punching bag

Politics is said to be ugly but there are occasions it can get ridiculous. The Pulwama bombing of February 14 that killed 40 CRPF jawans ...Read More

Is this going to be a presidential election?

Is this going to be a presidential election?

Last week Parliament felt like the final days of the school academic year. Everyone, but particularly the Lok Sabha members, was in both ...Read More

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