Swapan Dasgupta

Stories By Swapan Dasgupta

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Heinous acts in West Bengal necessitate awakening

It is always a single incident that forces a society to finally stir itself out of its natural somnolence and raise its collective voice ...Read More

Sedition too loud a charge for the celebrities

Sedition too loud a charge for the celebrities

It is understandable that Rahul Gandhi has abruptly discovered that the age of democracy is over and that India is in the throes of autho...Read More

Objectivity as vital as truth in journalism

Objectivity as vital as truth in journalism

If you go by media reports—and I am not suggesting these are inaccurate—West Bengal seems in a state of permanent political ferment. It i...Read More

Guidelines will maintain order on campuses

Guidelines will maintain order on campuses

So great is our collective willingness to digest the indigestible that the ugly incidents in Kolkata’s Jadavpur University centred on the...Read More

We must put the past behind us, keep it there

We must put the past behind us, keep it there

The photograph was from Amritsar where the visiting religious head of the Church of England (the monarch being the titular head) had pros...Read More

Returns of moon project definite, but deferred

Returns of moon project definite, but deferred

In the early hours of last Saturday, India was confronted with the disappointing news of the inability of the Chandrayaan-2 to complete t...Read More

Narendra Modi is a contender for Time 'Person of the Year'

Narendra Modi quells sense of uncertainty abroad

“Howdy Modi” may seem an exceptionally strange way of addressing India’s Prime Minister, except perhaps in Texas. Fortunately, it was an ...Read More

India needs to factor in hostile global media

India needs to factor in hostile global media

However, indignation should not take away from the fact that events like this are likely to recur in the coming months.

Now, mixed reactions to Article 370 repeal

Now, mixed reactions to Article 370 repeal

The initial excitement over the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and the reorganisation of the state has given way to a mor...Read More

Media Freedom Conference agenda gets misplaced

Media Freedom Conference agenda gets misplaced

Earlier this month, along with two other journalists, I attended a conference on Media Freedom convened by the Foreign Ministers of Canad...Read More

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah should blend political advance with restraint

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

Putting Boris Johnson at No 10 is an incalculable risk

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

TOPSHOT - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah gesture as they celebrate the victory in India's general elections, in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. - Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed victory on May 23 in India's general election and vowed an "inclusive" future, with his party headed for a landslide win to crush the Gandhi dynasty's comeback hopes. (Photo by Money SHARMA / AFP)

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

Opposition parties waiting for PM Modi to make a mistake

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

Congress has given up battle after three rounds

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

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