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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
The post of the Deputy Chairperson Rajya Sabha lying vacant since PJ Kurien’s term ended will finally be filled up on August 9.
07 Aug 2018
TMC’s Derek O’Brien is the man of the moment—taking umbrage at the Rajya Sabha chair for quizzically calling him the quizmaster.
05 Aug 2018
Though the NRC-Assam continued to dominate the discourse, the Lok Sabha showed rare unanimity in passing a Bill granting constitutional status to the National Commission to Backward Classes, 406 to ze
03 Aug 2018
Mamata’s strident positioning on the National Register of Citizens issue may only help the BJP, but then...
03 Aug 2018
If Tuesday belonged to BJP chief Amit Shah—Wednesday belonged to Didi.
02 Aug 2018
It was clearly a rights day in the Lok Sabha. Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi apologised for acting coy, referring to transgender people as “the other ones’’; and a Bill seeking the death
31 Jul 2018
Coming in sync with the dilution of Section 18 of the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the appointment of Justice AK Goyal as the National Green Tribunal head seems to
29 Jul 2018
It seems, BJP Ministers and MPs have been directed not to indulge in loose talk or chat with media when the session is on and spend time in Parliament library instead.
27 Jul 2018
The MPs from the treasury benches had one evening engagement on Wednesday were not willing to miss — the screening of a film on the Prime Minister.
26 Jul 2018
Who can be the face of the Opposition to counter the ageing but undimmed rockstar vibes of Narendra Modi in 2019?
25 Jul 2018
On the fourth day of the Monsoon session, the houses of Parliament remained busy with the amendment Bills, particularly the one seeking to make the child rape law far more stringent.
24 Jul 2018
With the stage set for a no-confidence motion, the focus was on the fence-sitters and the so-called disgruntled NDA ally, Shiv Sena. The Sena leadership in Mumbai wanted to keep the BJP on tenterhooks
20 Jul 2018
Election is in the air as Parliament’s Monsoon Session begins. And the BJP has suddenly agreed to face a no-trust vote
20 Jul 2018