Santwana Bhattacharya


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


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

24 Sep 2017


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


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

03 Sep 2017


Will Sharad Yadav attend Lalu Prasad’s rally in Patna on August 27? If he does, he may stand to lose his Rajya Sabha seat.

20 Aug 2017

Opposition unity: New lease of life for Rahul, Sharad?

Sanjhi Virasat Bachao Sammelan shows ex-JD-U chief has relevance in opposition

18 Aug 2017


Now that Chhotubhai Amarasinhbhai Vasava has emerged the ‘mystery’ man--the 44th MLA--whose ‘outside’ vote swung the the Rajya Sabha seat in Ahmed Patel’s favour, another shadowy tale is also unraveli

13 Aug 2017

New power-sharing formula may result in breakthrough 

The political scene in Tamil Nadu heated up around two simultaneous events, the appearance of Rajnikanth and Kamal Haasan at the platinum jubilee of DMK mouthpiece Murasoli.

11 Aug 2017

Modi, Sonia face off at Parliament after Ahmed Patel’s victory

While the Prime Minister heaped tributes on Quit India movement, Congress president attacked BJP’s mentors for opposing it.

10 Aug 2017

Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls: Congress' Ahmed Patel wins pipping BJP nominee at post

Patel, 68, the powerful political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, is said to have secured 44 votes defeating Congress defector Balwantsinh Rajput.

09 Aug 2017

Gujarat Rajya Sabha poll: Tough fight lies ahead for Ahmed Patel​ and Congress today

While the Congress leader needs 45 votes to win his fifth re-election in a row to the upper chamber of parliament, the grand old party has now only 44 MLAs in the state.

08 Aug 2017

Unknown 17 emphasise Venkaiah Naidu’s win at Vice-Presidential poll

With the BJP having a clear majority in the Lower House and now being the single largest party even in the Rajya Sabha, the NDA’s path was clear in the vice-presidential election.

06 Aug 2017


On the eve of the vice-presidential elections, Venkaiah Naidu organised a lavish lunch for his ‘friends in the media’, ostensibly to bid goodbye to a protocol-free political life.

06 Aug 2017

Why NOTA will matter a great deal for Ahmed Patel

The State is seeing a contest for a Rajya Sabha seat after nearly two decades between Ahmed Patel and his former protégé Balwantsinh Rajput. 

04 Aug 2017

With firebrands gone, Rajya Sabha likely to see fewer fireworks

The Upper House will see some drastic changes in the next session. BSP supremo Mayawati, a sharp speaker, has resigned her seat.

02 Aug 2017

Twists and turns of ‘CM-portability’ set the House abuzz

As Nitish Kumar got a sworn-in as the chief minister with BJP support in less than 24 hours after he resigned, he earned the sobriquet ‘CM-portability’.

28 Jul 2017

Amit Shah, the man behind the ex-Bihar governor’s march to Rashtrapati Bhawan

The BJP chief was the one who garnered support for Kovind, beyond the NDA votes.

21 Jul 2017

Rahul to be made Congress chief soon?

Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan on a visit to the old haunt, reeled out Rahul’s contribution in nurturing young leaders.

20 Jul 2017

Parliament Diary: Venkaiah gets teary-eyed, Maya breathes fire

Certain of a win, Naidu promised to work for democratic principles; Gandhi said his contest was a common citizen’s response to the current political climate.

18 Jul 2017

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