Santwana Bhattacharya

The Pan-Indian ‘Panchayat’

The upcoming Assembly polls are more of a test for the Congress than the BJP. And the Opposition has failed its first test.

12 Oct 2018

Insider-out

The outpouring of wishes and nostalgia on Manmohan Singh’s recent birthday brought about a quiet smile to his face.

30 Sep 2018

Someone please wake Kumbhakarna

One look at our banking sector could jolt even Kumbhakarna from his slumber or Vishwamitra from his penance!

28 Sep 2018

Insider-out

The list of prominent politicians with serious health crisis going abroad is increasing by the day. The latest is Delhi Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Maken.

23 Sep 2018

Insider - Out

The old BJP office at Ashoka Road has evolved into a war room for the coming big elections.

16 Sep 2018

Till the forest moves to the castle...

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will signal whether the Lok Sabha poll will be a real fight or a contest for contest’s sake.

15 Sep 2018

Insider - out

One of his predecessors, APJ Abdul Kalam, made a career out of the post-presidency lecture tour; Pranab Mukherjee is just about beginning.

09 Sep 2018

Insider-out

After the Kalash Yatra—for immersion of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ashes in rivers across the country, the BJP is lining up more remembrance programmes for the former PM. Kavi sammelans, a soiree of poetry, at no less than 4,000 venues, are being organised.

02 Sep 2018

Trending: our urban nostrums

It was 2011, that election for change. Travelling from Darjeeling-Siliguri down Bengal, one reached Lalgarh with a friend-photographer in tow. An attack on then CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharyya and a blockade by locals had led to a crackdown. A red alert was still on. Reaching a government-forsaken

31 Aug 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A statesman regarded not just by wonks but even the opposition

As prime minister, he could detonate the nuclear bomb, then ride a bus to Lahore and take Pakistan by storm only to be badly bitten by the Kargil treachery.

17 Aug 2018

Somnathda lent his stature to House

 ‘Somnath da’ — as he was popularly known — lent his weight and stature to the House.
He would make unlikely friends — MPs from smaller regional parties, whom he unfailing gave time to

14 Aug 2018

The bhadralok who was fiercely independent

In  Keeping the Faith, his memoirs published in 2010, Somnath Chatterjee comes out more as a parliamentarian than a politician bearing affiliation to the CPI(M).

14 Aug 2018

Insider -Out

How Harivansh won The call from the PM is what made all the difference: JD-U’s Harivansh Narayan Singh won the Rajya Sabha deputy chair’s post hands down.

12 Aug 2018

Kissa Kursi Ka: NDA wrests Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman's post

The BJP at the head of the treasury proved to be far more nifty and agile than the Grand Old Party, with its grand old big brotherly ways.

10 Aug 2018

Concerned about ignorance of ideologies: Senior Congress leader Jaipal Reddy

Though Reddy lamented that thought has gone out of fashion and politics has acquired a kind of thoughtlessness and anti-intellectualism, there was plenty of it on offer on the occasion.

08 Aug 2018