Swapan Dasgupta

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Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist and Member of Parliament, being a presidential nominee to the Rajya Sabha.

Stories By Swapan Dasgupta

India's appeasement of China began with Jawahralal Nehru

India's strategy must factor in China’s well-established guile and deceit

The suggestion — it is probably more accurate to view it as an outburst — by Union Minister Ramdas Athawale calling on Indians to eschew ...Read More

Loosen the reins on political activity; let it be more face-to-face: Swapan Dasgupta

Loosen the reins on political activity; let it be more face-to-face: Swapan Dasgupta

The rules exist because they can be used selectively — if necessary. So, if worship in public shrines had been resumed, why should the go...Read More

Virtual campaigns: Dawn of a new era in elections

Virtual campaigns: Dawn of a new era in elections

On Tuesday morning, Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to address a “massive rally” aimed at the BJP’s supporters in West Bengal. The p...Read More

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah meet party's senior leader LK Advani after their victory in the Lok Sabha elections, in New Delhi, Friday, May 24, 2019

Hindsight wisdom: Narendra Modi coasted to predictable victory

The conventional wisdom-in-hindsight is that Modi coasted to an easy and predictable victory a year ago. In reality, it wasn’t quite so e...Read More

WB: People's indignation over disaster management is righteous

WB: People's indignation over disaster management is righteous

People of Greater Kolkata are agitated with the dysfunctional disaster management of cyclone Amphan, possibly rigged with shrill politics...Read More

Is it fair to hold PM Narendra Modi solely accountable for the collective failure of lockdown?

Is it fair to hold PM Narendra Modi solely accountable for the collective failure of lockdown?

Unlike the corporate and intellectual worthies, the Chief Ministers have not demanded for lifting of the lockdown for fear of uncontrolle...Read More

Slums are the new dreaded hubs: 
One such epicentre is Dharavi in Mumbai.

Coronavirus in India A national strategy has been made impossible by first-of-its-kind pandemic

While social distancing in Mumbai meets urban overcrowding, Kolkata over-politicises the pandemic. Without doubt, anything remotely resem...Read More

When in crisis, people's lives chosen over GDP

When in crisis, people's lives chosen over GDP

British editor Max Hastings compares the current situation to a war, where the least bad option will take us forward. The price to be pai...Read More

Lockdown akin to Indira Gandhi's emergency, but people fully supportive of PM Narendra Modi

Lockdown akin to Indira Gandhi's emergency, but people fully supportive of PM Narendra Modi

Without the freedom of movement, assembly, congregational worship, and right to carry out a livelihood, the lockdown is akin to an Emerge...Read More


Playing out of unforeseen social issues

Playing out of unforeseen social issues

The lockdown, to cite the most prominent example, brought to the forefront the sheer scale of the migrant labour issue.

Singleness of purpose transcends politics

Singleness of purpose transcends politics

In this time of enforced leisure and enhanced anxiety, it is impossible to not engage in bouts of counterfactual history. What if, it is ...Read More

Tablighi Jamaat gathering a setback in Narendra Modi government's plan to flatten the curve

Tablighi Jamaat gathering a setback in Narendra Modi government's plan to flatten the curve

Nearly every English-language newspaper this Saturday morning has at least one sombre piece warning readers to not go overboardwith their...Read More

PM Narendra Modi

Coronavirus in India: Are we flattening the curve? A look at how India has dealt with the virus outbreak

Like the overwhelming majority of India, I don’t know. Over the past three weeks all of us have been subjected to so many conflicting ver...Read More

Coronavirus Update: Government will have to make hard decisions to deal with pandemic

Coronavirus Update: Government will have to make hard decisions to deal with pandemic

Employing draconian measures can have a knock-on effect on the economy

Coronavirus outbreak: The lesson in imposed social distancing

Coronavirus outbreak: The lesson in imposed social distancing

The anxious bewilderment in India is in sharp contrast to the panic that has overwhelmed Europe with reports that the number of those inf...Read More

CAA protest

CAA Protests: Sundry narratives sowed seeds for sharp ideological division

There are two very conflicting versions of the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act movement that are doing the rounds. Both need dispassiona...Read More

Delhi Violence: Why appeal of reports blaming 'fascist' conspiracy won't enjoy popular traction

Delhi Violence: Why appeal of reports blaming 'fascist' conspiracy won't enjoy popular traction

Larger contingent of American media gave incentive for the protests to escalate

Methodised use of anti-CAA 
may harden nationalist resolve

Methodised use of anti-CAA may harden nationalist resolve

There is little doubt that in her zeal to be wilfully outrageous, the 19-year-old Amulya Leona Noronha seriously embarrassed most of the ...Read More

BJP campaign suffered a lack of decorum

BJP campaign suffered a lack of decorum

Despite its failure to obtain victory, Amit Shah’s tenacity bumped up vote share by 10%

Secularists’ strident opposition to UCC reeks of votebank politics

Secularists’ strident opposition to UCC reeks of votebank politics

It’s a small incident that was barely covered in the media. But it is a very revealing incident that tells you why identity issues are in...Read More

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