Santwana Bhattacharya

Quiet sutradhar of 10 fruitful years of UPA leaves Congress that’s staring at a hole

That this flowed naturally from their dyed-in-the-wool ‘Congressness’, if you will, is equally a marker of that seeming anachronism.

26 Nov 2020

RIP Pranab Mukherjee: The PM India never had

Former President Pranab Mukherjee loses battle for life at Delhi’s Army hospital; was seen as the encyclopaedia of contemporary Indian history; was accorded Bharat Ratna in 2019.

01 Sep 2020

How do you say eats, shoot and leaves in Chinese?

While the world goes behind a mask to save itself from a breathless extinction, the pandemic seems to have unmasked a newer, mutant variant of Beijing’s imperial ambitions  

10 Jul 2020

Pangong melts, Bellary’s denim catches the blues

But Karnataka does look like an island of hope. The Opposition protests, but within limits, whether on COVID-19 or China.

30 Jun 2020

The coronavirus and our little coronations

The political class has been unlocked once again. At the first given opportunity, they’re back to doing the one thing they’re good at: fighting each other.

12 Jun 2020

Between the Taj Mahal and the worker’s hovel

As we dreamt our ‘first world’ dreams, we forgot that the pyramid stands on its base—and that base is imprisoned in medieval terms and conditions

08 May 2020

Economy as the Achilles heel and the Deccan’s COVID Plateau

Forget the host of attendant issues, both global and local, that we’ll be trying to understand for years.

05 May 2020

We can’t wash our hands of responsibility

How do you read a world that’s at once so full of gloom and where, paradoxically, nature seems to have found a brief niche?

24 Apr 2020

Jyotiraditya Rescindia and after

Despite all the attrition, there’s no dearth of leaders queueing up at the Congress PDS counter, but its stock of supplies has shrunk

13 Mar 2020

Litti, ludo and first roll of the Bihar dice

With Lalu in jail, little chance of a solo Kanhaiya turning his rallies into votes, and Congress barely there, BJP-JD(U) smells a good meal. Their fight is for dominance within the coalition.

21 Feb 2020

Tickets to the match in Delhi

Delhi is just one half of a state. But the obsession with the upcoming Assembly polls there is quite unbelievable

10 Feb 2020

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