Santwana Bhattacharya

Mega BJP riposte to Congress with Mann ki baat, Chai ke saath

The BJP quite literally raised a storm with a tea-cup when every single BJP leader and minister from Centre or state-level did not miss having tea at makeshifts stalls while listening to the speech.

27 Nov 2017

In Tata Nano town, Rahul’s call to drive out BJP

Net practice is over, the Test match has begun. It’s countdown for the candidates of the first phase of Gujarat elections, slated for December 9.

25 Nov 2017

Vikrams and Vetals in Modiland

The BJP is on shaky ground in Gujarat. Can the faction-ridden Congress, in alliance with three young boys, win in the upcoming Assembly polls?

24 Nov 2017

‘Just leave the rivers to me’

As the nation’s river minister, Nitin Gadkari has bound himself to essentially two tasks: one to clean up the rivers, and to stop them from flowing into the sea, which he says is a waste of water.

19 Nov 2017

Nitin Gadkari: Just leave the rivers to me

Tasked with transforming India’s rivers and riverine systems, minister Nitin Gadkari says he has the drive and the funds to get projects going by 2019

19 Nov 2017

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Shah Rukh Khan had an unusual escort to Kolkata airport when he went visiting the city for the state-sponsored film festival — Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

19 Nov 2017

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Against ostentation and wastage, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has issued instructions that he should be spared the pleasure of receiving endless bouquets.

12 Nov 2017

A rook here, a castle there

The DMK is no longer a political pariah for Modi and his party. Such realignments are well thought out and are part of a bigger plan

10 Nov 2017

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The front-page apology for a two-year-old drug syndicate story against former Akali Dal minister Bikram Singh Majithia in The Tribune has sent the rumour mill on an overdrive.

05 Nov 2017

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While many from ‘other walks of life’ are planning a political debut, particularly in Tamil Nadu, the buzz in capital circles is that cricket legend Kapil Dev too could be marking his run-up all over

29 Oct 2017

Himachal heat, gujarat chill

BJP and Congress are battling it out in Gujarat. Even as the spotlight is on the PM’s home state, the fight for Himachal has taken an edgier turn

27 Oct 2017

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Surprising as it may seem, the tattle in the Congress is not so much on Rahul Gandhi’s ‘takeover’ or who’ll become the new political secretary to the new Congress president.

22 Oct 2017

Rahul’s coronation only a formality now?

Rahul Gandhi’s elevation as the next president of the Indian National Congress is almost a fait accompli — what with all state units of the party (barring poll-bound Himachal Pradesh,

21 Oct 2017

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The hope for another cabinet reshuffle never dies down. Not when allies, old and new, are waiting in expectation of berths.

15 Oct 2017

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The stage is being set for Rahul Gandhi’s unanimous ‘election’ as the president of INC by orchestrating a positive ‘crescendo’.

08 Oct 2017

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As is the wont, the ongoing slugfest over the state of the economy has sparked off furious speculation on what prompted Yashwant Sinha’s outburst.

01 Oct 2017

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Exiled firebrand Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin’s love for Bengali cuisine, particularly fish, is well-known.

24 Sep 2017

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Vice president Venkaiah Naidu misses the hullabaloo of political and ministerial engagements. So much so that he called a select group of media over on the pretext of giving them a tour of the vice pr

17 Sep 2017

University as the Mini-Nation

Our varsities have never been insulated from politics. But rarely have we seen student leaders become instant celebrities like they do now

15 Sep 2017

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During his tenure as President, Pranab Mukherjee always invited the media to travel with him abroad and on his domestic trips.

03 Sep 2017

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