Santwana Bhattacharya

INTERVIEW | There’s no contest between PM Modi and me: Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge tells Santwana Bhattacharya that contest in Kalaburagi has been overhyped. There cannot be a comparison as he is the MP and Narendra Modi is the PM

13 hours ago

The Modi wave arrives five years late in North Karnataka?

BJP hopes to max its gains in North Karnataka’s 14 seats, but unlike in fratricidal south, it’s a straight fight with Congress.

14 hours ago

Agreed the Election Commission has a tough job, but is it helping itself?

The Election Commission seems to be having a tug-of-war with the voting public rather than the political establishment, writes Santwana Bhattacharya

12 Apr 2019

Is there a method to the Congress' madness?

The Congress can’t be liberal in New Delhi and play atavistic games on the Konkan coast without attracting the charge of duplicity.

29 Mar 2019

Insider-out: Congress saves itself from another defection in form of Jitin Prasada

In times of pre-election camp switches, the Congress had a close shave with Jitin Prasada.

24 Mar 2019

33 per cent is only one-third of the sky

Why is women’s candidature an issue this time when representation debates rarely go beyond caste, creed and religion? 

16 Mar 2019

Sharp Congress messaging from Gandhi turf

But the legacy of the past that hung around the sombre Sabarmati Ashram swept away the nagging headaches of the present. Or they got soothed by the soft tunes of the Mahatma’s favourite bhajan.

13 Mar 2019

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s soft touch wins hearts

At the Gujarat rally, Priyanka made her speech sound as low-key as possible. But her flawless Hindi and her ability to nuance her speech made her stand out nevertheless. 

13 Mar 2019

Indian voters not kind to winners of absolute majority

In about two and half months, democratic India will get to know who will steer India’s political destiny over the next five years.  

11 Mar 2019

Insider Out: Punjab Congress going 'balle balle' over Manmohan Singh

The names of former opening pair Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag are also doing the rounds.

10 Mar 2019

Insider-out: Abhinandan Varthaman's video was to put Imran in his place?

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, with his calm fortitude, has emerged quite the hero of the latest Indo-Pak air strikes.

03 Mar 2019

A spin bowler called Imran Khan

Does Pakistan’s new claim to a moral upper hand hold up to scrutiny? Only if your scrutiny lasts just one over and stays skin-deep.

01 Mar 2019

It’s not just Uttar Pradesh that decides

What a heartland leader like Mulayam Singh Yadav thinks hardly matters in India’s southern peninsula.

15 Feb 2019

Budget 2019: Pre-Holi gift hamper with a heady dash of ideology

The Modi government, on its home stretch, had clearly taken an unabashed turn towards soft welfare economics.

02 Feb 2019

This is not quite a sisterhood

Priyanka has always been considered a potential Indira reincarnation, perhaps a more amiable version of the woman potentate prototype.

25 Jan 2019