Santwana Bhattacharya

Decoding assembly results 2018: Anger is also a number

These Assembly election results give us a wealth of information to study the mood on the ground, collectively and in fragmented blocs.

14 Dec 2018

BJP bruised in semifinal duel ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

It was a different kind of birthday for Rahul Gandhi, and the gift he received was a hard-earned one. It was exactly a year ago, on December 11, 2017, that he took over the reins of the Congress.

12 Dec 2018

INTERVIEW|  We’ll do better in Rajasthan than what exit polls have predicted, says Sachin Pilot

In this exclusive interview with TNIE, Pilot shares a roadmap for Rajasthan, in two separate conversations, one before the polling and the other post-poll.

08 Dec 2018

PM Modi mounts final assault against Congress as campaigning ends in Rajasthan

In Dausa, where Modi also played some drums, he made another precision attack on the Congress for neglecting ‘khadi’, connecting it to local history and lore.

06 Dec 2018

Attacking Congress not the solution: Ashok Gehlot

The Bharatiya Janata Party is raking up issues in Rajasthan, but the people of the state have already made up their minds for a change, former CM Ashok Gehlot tells Santwana Bhattacharya.

05 Dec 2018

Rajasthan Elections: Ironies rife in Tonk’s political battle

Ironies abound in this town, an unusual one in Rajasthan for its more Muslim townscape.

03 Dec 2018

Didn’t prompt Rahul Gandhi for gotra: Pushkar lake priest

Rahul Gandhi revealed his 'gotra' on Sunday at the Brahma temple on Pushkar Lake.

03 Dec 2018

Rajasthan elections: Incumbency more against Vasundhara Raje than BJP

The Assembly elections have left Jaipur rather deeply troubled and divided, turning even individual voters into almost a split personality.

02 Dec 2018

Modi blitzkrieg flailing?

The Bharatiya Janata Party is expecting to do well or at least pull through in the Bharatpur area, particularly in the southern bits of the district.

29 Nov 2018

Fax Indica: How to Lose Friends

Amazing how things can take on a life of their own.

23 Nov 2018

Congress confident of poll win, not CM choice

In the crucial upcoming polls, in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in particular, the duality of the leadership is a case in point.

20 Nov 2018

That temple between your temples

No construction can happen without ‘deconstruction’. Certainly not in India, a cacophonous, or if you like, polyphonic democracy.

09 Nov 2018

Who Shot the Sheriff (And His Deputy)?

After its verdicts on temple entry, adultery and other issues, the SC has a few more important decisions to make due to the chaos in the CBI.

26 Oct 2018

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


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

30 Sep 2018