Santwana Bhattacharya

Names of Farooq, others in play for Opposition President pick

Sharad Pawar is in the thick of the action, even as he slinks away from a contest himself.

15 Jun 2022

One slogan for Udaipur: Carpe Diem

If the Congress has to get out of this morass, it must take a standing leap. A touch of surprise, even the buzz of a minor shock treatment, would not be amiss.

13 May 2022

Let’s talk about the UP-fication of Karnataka

A state that till yesterday prided itself for being India’s most global corner is poised on the edge of an eruption of tribalism.

25 Feb 2022

We, the people, have nowhere to defect

Whichever party wins, it’s always the same cola, in a new bottle. Words like ideology would seem to be at risk of dissolving into utter meaninglessness

21 Jan 2022

Catch 22: The year that will hold a decade

Democracies, already struggling in a world where consensus is mass-manufactured by online bots, are now explicitly turning into elected monarchies—or worse.

24 Dec 2021

The climate in our brain must change

Hate is capital. It can be mined endlessly from the nether regions of online behemoths. Climate catastrophe? What’s that? We are too united in our ways of being hateful to bother about the real world

12 Nov 2021

'Is Soniaji in Delhi? I don’t think she’s here ...'

Rahul seems impatient with Rajiv-Sonia-era politicians. On the other side, the party’s centrists have no patience for his electoral misadventures and experiments with leftism

01 Oct 2021

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

No-confidence motion: Narendra Modi gains trust, Rahul Gandhi confidence

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi set the terms of the debate with a caustic attack on Modi and followed it up with ba theatrical hug that took everyone by surprise.

22 Jul 2018

Another chronicler silenced in Kashmir

What is this history that fells its own chronicler? This presiding ideology that devours its own subject? Which turns a dead body, a silenced voice, into a trophy?

17 Jun 2018

BS Yeddyurappa’s 55-hour long journey as Karnataka Chief Minister

What Yeddyurappa miscalculated and thereby miscommunicated is his ability to garner a majority.

20 May 2018

Karnataka polls results 2018: The plot thickens after the mandate

Who won how many seats, the joy and sorrow of victory and defeat, all that was drowned in the speculation on who would form the next government.

16 May 2018

Karnataka polls 2018: Tide turned for BJP, but not to its expectations

His quick-footed move to bury the hatchet with his former mentor HD Deve Gowda gave the Congress, fighting with its back to the wall, another chance in the game.

16 May 2018

Survival of the fittest 

Our politicians are fighting great battles of existence. In the midst of this chaotic meltdown, the Karnataka voter has become a side story

27 Apr 2018

BJP suffers strokes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls ahead of 2019 test

The sunny optimism of Tripura was wiped out for the BJP by demoralising losses in two high-value Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh - Gorakhpur and Phulpur - and one in Bihar, Araria.

15 Mar 2018