Kanishka Singh



Kanishka Singh is a Senior Sub-Editor and writes opinions and analyses for indianexpress.com. He writes mainly on politics, national security and diplomatic affairs.
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Kargil martyr’s daughter mocked for slamming ABVP: Is Twitter pushing celebrities to cross the line?
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda took to Twitter to give their opinion on a Delhi University student who had posted a picture on Facebook and Twitter protesting against the ABVP.

Kansas shooting: Inaction against racial attacks breed hate crimes in US
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

In 2017, there have been at least 55 mass shootings in the US, according to Gunviolencearchive.com. There have been 9,043 cases of gun violence.

BMC elections 2017: The BJP has actually come out stronger; here’s why
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar claimed the BJP’s seats have gone up three times from last time while Sena had a marginal increase. Taking a look at the numbers, the win looks impressive.

BMC elections 2017: Uddhav Thackeray’s aggression seems to have paid off for Shiv Sena
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Winning municipal elections, particularly in Mumbai and Thane is crucial for Sena to recover ground in the state. It will give the Sena a lot more space to fight the BJP in the government’s decisions at the state level.

Ramjas College is now a new front in AISA, ABVP clash
Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Ramjas College clash: ABVP claimed they did not have any part in the cancellation of Umar’s and Shehla’s talks

Body shaming of policemen wrong but why can’t we have regular fitness tests for police like armed forces?
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

A physical test is mandatory to enter service. But does that mean the recruited police official will stay fit physically and by extension fit for duty till the time he/she retires?

Is KCR’s donation to Tirupati temple trust a PR exercise on taxpayers’ money?
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

During his agitations, KCR reportedly vowed to present gold ornaments to appease deities if his wish for a separate Telangana state came true.

UP elections 2017: Demonetisation not a dampener as cash, liquor seizures multiply in UP since last Assembly polls
Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Despite demonetisation and close monitoring of cash movement in the course of remonetisation, the amounts of seizures has been astonishing. The figures are up massively compared to the 2012 elections.

Donald Trump may have a tricky relationship with new NSA Lt Gen McMaster
Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Disagreements may cause conflict in the White House as Trump deals with a war veteran whose doctoral thesis ‘Dereliction of Duty’, published as a book in 1997 which won many accolades, questions the failure of generals of the Vietnam War.

Uttar Pradesh polls 2017: Gadhe ka vigyapan, behenji, poll campaigning gets more dramatic in UP
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The race for majority in the 403 seat house has turned the fight into a bitter exchange of below the belt blows, personal attacks and non-issues highlighted to gain brownie points and applause to sway large crowds.

South Korea to redevelop New Delhi Railway Station: Here’s how world class NDLS will look like
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

On a regular day, the station caters over five lakh passengers and 361 trains. The redevelopment project is aimed at converting the station into a swanky hub for convenient travel and superior shopping experience to commuters.

Kalindi Express derailment: Is the government swift enough to rectify security lapses?
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

The express train rammed the freight train from the back and its locomotive ripped apart a couple of bogies, which shows the severity of the accident.

Tamil Nadu Assembly drama: From Stalin to Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, how each protagonist played their role
Mon, Feb 20, 2017

What was meant to be a vote of confidence turned to a violent ruckus. Chairs were thrown, documents torn and hostility was rampant on the House floor.

Demonetisation 100 days: PM Narendra Modi’s pledge to fight black money and his push for digital economy
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has meandered around the idea of demonetisation but never clearly gave away his agenda.

100 days of demonetisation: Bank queues, RBI flip-flops – here is how it all unfolded
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Demonetisation: 100 days on, the situation has stabilised to some extent, but the shock is still felt and will take some time to wither away.

Sasikala seems to take pledge at Jayalalithaa’s memorial, thumps ground thrice before heading for prison
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Sasikala was convicted in the case for amassing illicit wealth and conspiracy. But the court that convicted her, found Jayalalithaa guilty as well. So, her invoking Jayalalithaa sends various signals.

Split in AIADMK imminent as SC convicts Sasikala in wealth case
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The Supreme Court convicted AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan on Tuesday, leading to an imminent split in the party. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was expelled from the party’s primary membership by Sasikala.

Has AIADMK’s failure to groom strong leaders brought the current crisis on itself?
Mon, Feb 13, 2017

While MGR and Jayalalithaa helped the party flourish, they are responsible for the leadership crisis by not letting a second rung take roots.

More MLAs may follow as influential AIADMK veteran joins OPS camp
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Influential AIADMK leader Madhusudanan has joined the O Panneerselvam camp, substantially tilting the balance in the caretaker Chief Minister’s favour. Madhusudanan is the AIADMK presidium president and an old hand of MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa.

O Panneerselvam’s revolt against Sasikala hints at possible groundswell of support for him
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

In a dramatic late night move on Tuesday, the usually passive Panneerselvam claimed that he was forced to resign as chief minister to pave the way for Sasikala. Within minutes, he was sacked from his position as party’s treasurer.

Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017: Here are the key poll issues of BJP, SP, BSP
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The seven-phase Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections is beginning on February 11 when 73 constituencies of 403 assembly will vote.

Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017: PM Modi finally speaks on demonetisation in Parliament, just before first phase of UP polling
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

PM Modi avoided the backlash of initial days when the country was suffering from a severe cash crunch and chose to speak on the matter only in election rallies and his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address to the nation.

SCAM, RSVP: Narendra Modi’s wordplay with acronyms continues
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

One of the more curious highlights of election campaigns by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is his penchant for coining acronyms to promote his schemes and to attack his opponents.

Road ahead seems challenging for ‘Chinamma’ Sasikala Natarajan
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

Questions raised over her lack of experience in running the government along with the disproportionate assets case do little to ease her situation.

Sasikala’s ascent to top Tamil Nadu post was only natural, but wasn’t smooth
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Some of the developments leading to the day’s events also hint that the transfer of reins between O Panneerselvam and Sasikala may not have been amicable.

Ghosts of Bihar election: Mayawati makes the most of RSS’ anti-reservation remarks in Uttar Pradesh elections
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The party faced similar trouble in Bihar last year during the state Assembly elections, when anti-reservation comments by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat ticked off millions of pro-reservation voters, ultimately adding to the party’s defeat in the election.

BSF rejecting VRS plea of jawan who posted video on social media seems a vindictive stand
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Yadav alleged in his post that several officers were siphoning off money meant to pay for the food of jawans and on many occasions they had to go to bed empty stomach.

Union Budget 2017 on February 1: What to expect from FM Arun Jaitley’s budget
Wed, Feb 01, 2017

Jaitley will break away from tradition and after a period of 92 years of separate presentation of Union Budget and Railway budget, both will be presented as a combined document on an advanced date than the commonly followed schedule of end of Wednesday.

National security issue key for PM Modi to woo voters in Punjab?
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

PM Modi’s bid to invoke national security seems to be an attempt to dispel the negative perception built over the past five years about the Akali-led government and reinvent the party’s image as one that will handle national security issues best.

Expectedly, BJP’s UP manifesto is laced with communal overtones
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

The election manifesto is silent on justice for several thousand victims of Muzaffarnagar riots who have been moved from now-disbanded relief camps to settlement colonies.

At show of strength, Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav refuse to talk on key issues
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Questions on the poll strategy in Uttar Pradesh and contentious Ram Mandir issue went unanswered

BJP’s parivarwad in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand will blunt its attack on Congress
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

BJP has always taken hits on parties that have promoted nepotism and dynasty politics. Little did it expect that such an issue will come to haunt it.

No surprises here: BJP, Shiv Sena breakup was due for a long time
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

The teetering marriage of Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena finally ended on Thursday when Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced the breakup.

Here is how developers are misusing PM Modi’s ‘Housing for All’ slogan
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Housing for All plan was one of the crucial parts of his achhe din promise. As it turns out, there are high chances that promise may be misused by unscrupulous elements to lure people into dubious deals.

Sexism and misogyny must come to an end in Indian politics
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Sexism, misogyny and patriarchy are so deeply ingrained in our society that it is no surprise when politicians and ‘public leaders’ dish out insensitive misogynistic remarks.

Priyanka, Manmohan are Congress’ star campaigners, can they swing party’s fortune in UP?
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

In a desperate bid to revive its fortunes in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, the Congress party released a list of 40 star campaigners just for the first phase of the elections.