Swapan Dasgupta

Water conservation at the backend needs attention

Water conservation at the backend needs attention

Nal se Jal or piped water for all by 2024 is the flagship programme of the current NDA government. The concept is deeply disturbing in a ...Read More

Rahul Gandhi should display awareness & gravitas

Rahul Gandhi should display awareness & gravitas

It is entirely possible to be sympathetic to the argument emanating from the Congress camp that the alliance talks with the Bahujan Samaj...Read More

A melodramatic hug and a tell-tale wink

A melodramatic hug and a tell-tale wink

The emphatic victory of the Narendra Modi government in the no-confidence motion moved by the Telugu Desam Party was creditable. But it d...Read More

More the merrier in silly season

More the merrier in silly season

In many countries of the West, there exists a ‘silly season’, the time most natives pack their bags and go off on their sacrosanct summer...Read More

Difficult case of asylum seekers & Germany

Difficult case of asylum seekers & Germany

These are troubling days for Germany. Last Wednesday evening, Germany found itself eliminated from the football World Cup being played in...Read More

India is no longer on UK fast track

India is no longer on UK fast track

Last week, there was a strong undercurrent of indignation in middle class India over the exclusion of India from the list of countries ap...Read More

Provoking others to achieve fame

Provoking others to achieve fame

Public discourse in a large and diverse country in India invariably tends to be episodic. What grabs the headlines for a day or even a we...Read More

A nationalist spoke out loud and clear

A nationalist spoke out loud and clear

India is never lacking in seasonal entertainment that often passes off as public controversy. The frenzy — both among the editorial and p...Read More

On the cusp of a great transformation

On the cusp of a great transformation

Apart from that brief moment in 2015 when a combination of the Delhi and Bihar Assembly elections and the award wapasi stir galvanised th...Read More

Trying to drive the ‘good governance’ cart

Trying to drive the ‘good governance’ cart

The unveiling of the ‘saaf niyat, sahi vikas’ theme to define the commemoration of the fourth year of its administration, is calculated t...Read More

Karnataka Elections 2018: Unholy alliance needs a dip in holy Ganges

Karnataka Elections 2018: Unholy alliance needs a dip in holy Ganges

Winning the trust vote naturally involved dodgy moves. Yet, as Indira Gandhi often demonstrated, the electorate always nurtures a grudgin...Read More

Injecting politics with extra fire and power

Injecting politics with extra fire and power

With just about 12 months left for voting in the 2019 general election to commence, it is only natural that political activity is getting...Read More

Commonwealth: A last throw of the dice

Commonwealth: A last throw of the dice

London this week was preoccupied with the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. It is an event made particularly special because this...Read More

2019 Lok Sabha elections: No strategy to recover lost ground

2019 Lok Sabha elections: No strategy to recover lost ground

With about a year to go before voting, the election campaign for 2019 has well and truly begun. As of today, there are three broadly dist...Read More

Secular media ignores Hindu disquiet

Secular media ignores Hindu disquiet

It is extremely unlikely that the average reader of newspapers—whether in English, Bengali or Hindi—would have anticipated the violence t...Read More

Parliament paralysis: Democracy loses vigour

Parliament paralysis: Democracy loses vigour

Even by the whimsical standards of India’s 24×7 TV news channels, the coverage of the Rajya Sabha elections, particularly in Uttar Prades...Read More

Delegation of Indian MPs meets Pak’s NA speaker

Delegation of Indian MPs meets Pak’s NA speaker

Islamabad: A three-member Indian delegation of MPs today met Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who said greater inte...Read More

BJP favoured by lower echelons?

BJP favoured by lower echelons?

IF we assume that a section of the BJP’s traditional supporters in the places municipal polls were held, shied away from supporting the p...Read More

Demonetisation: Narendra Modi’s monumental political gamble

Demonetisation: Narendra Modi’s monumental political gamble

Since he dropped the demonetisation bombshell on a Tuesday evening (November 8), sending India into a state of shock and awe, Prime Minis...Read More

Demonetisation: Modi’s landmark move, to leave a revolutionary impact

Demonetisation: Modi’s landmark move, to leave a revolutionary impact

Ever since he came to power in May 2014, there has been a fierce debate on the political nature of the Narendra Modi government. His supp...Read More

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