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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FIA’s move to ban Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad shows some spine
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

It is also good to see that the FIA came in support of a non-member airline--Air India. Members of the FIA include IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir.

Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad’s attack on AI staffer shows some netas are not afraid to take law into their hands
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashed an Air India employee with his slipper 25 times onboard a flight. It raises concerns that are there any lines that these VVIPs will not cross as a show of power?

Finance Bill relaxes corporate funding to political parties, but is the move really evil?
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The facility would seem to allow larger donations from single channel corporate donations as against multiple channel individual donations which are difficult to track as corporate donors are answerable to more bodies than individuals.

Flipkart’s $1 billion boost will come handy in war against against Amazon, Snapdeal
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Flipkart has raised $1 billion at a valuation of $10 billion and plans fundraising for a similar amount in the coming months, Bloomberg reported quoting sources privy to the developments.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tries to fit into BJP’s development narrative
Thu, Mar 23, 2017

Soon after taking over as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath is trying to fit into the larger pro-development clean politics narrative of the Bharatiya Janata Party in a bid to move away from religious tonality in administration.

Yogi Adityanath takes oath as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister: This could be make or break for BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

The decision to appoint him as the chief minister of the state could be make or break for the party but it is clear that the decision has been taken keeping the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in mind.

Captain Amarinder Singh becomes Punjab CM: Here are the key challenges
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Punjab was one of the rare cases where BJP was dealt bitter defeat in polls and that means that the Captain can’t afford to ignore the whole array of problems accumulated during the past five years.

BJP moved to tackle tricky Goa and Manipur first, think of assured UP, Uttarakhand later
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Looking at the way the swearing in ceremonies have proceeded in states like Goa and Manipur and now the one scheduled for Uttarakhand, it gives an indication that the Bharatiya Janata Party wanted to be done with the states with a tricky mandate first and then approach the states with absolute majority.

With populist budget in Karnataka, Congress eyes return to power next year
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

It may not be too late for the party to do course correction but that would take much more time to get noticed. Banking on the pro-poor card is the Congress’ play at the moment and this budget, in that respect, seems to be just right for the party.

Political parties allege EVM tampering to cloud poor showing in state elections?
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

EVMs have become the centre of political drama in the country over the past month and the controversies seem to continue unabated.

Loopholes in Air India’s rosy turnaround story, CAG report says financial support to Maharaja may need reassessment
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

The report said that Air India underreported its operational losses and that may force the government to reassess the financial support to Air India and that may require more taxpayers’ money.

MGP and GFP: Goa political fate in hands of kingmakers
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Both MGP and GFP won three seats a piece.

Congress needs to promote strong regional leaders, not Rahul Gandhi
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

His failure to strike a chord with the voters have seen the Congress decimated once again in the heartland state of Uttar Pradesh.

Exit polls hint at another Narendra Modi wave
Thu, Mar 09, 2017

Top exit poll surveys have put BJP as the favourites or the largest party in Uttar Pradesh.

Fishermen killing a thorny issue between India and Sri Lanka
Tue, Mar 07, 2017

In a latest incident, the Sri Lankan Navy allegedly fired at a group of Indian fishermen on Monday who had allegedly crossed over into Sri Lankan waters on the lookout for fresh catch.

SBI’s penalties on minimum account balance discouraging as govt moves for digital economy
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

In recent weeks, steps introduced by some major banks have betrayed one of the key purposes of demonetisation--large-scale adoption and sustained use of banking services to move India’s cash driven economy to a digital economy.

Fact check: Donald Trump’s address to Congress filled with rhetoric and inaccuracies
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

The joint address to Congress by Trump was filled with inaccuracies, rhetoric and exaggerations and after a fact-check, it seems clear that he may have just read a half-researched speech off the teleprompter.

Trump’s half-hearted mention of hate crimes in joint address hints unwillingness to take action
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

His campaign was filled with inflammatory rhetoric and this administration’s policies seem no different. Hate crimes like the Kansas attacks have followed a wave of racist attacks and this wave continues unabated.

Government to release first GDP growth estimates after demonetisation, here’s what to watch out for
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

These are the first growth estimates to be put out by CSO after demonetisation and currency recall was implemented last year.

Is BJP getting nervous about majority claims as UP polls enter final phase?
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

A last ditch appeal for majority showing concern of a hung mandate looks uncharacteristic of the usually assured PM.

Kimmel at Oscars and Gurmehar on Ramjas: The contrast in how protests are received
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

The reaction of the public at large on the violent and threatening reaction to a peaceful protest speaks volumes about the culture of protest in India and the even more ironically the ‘acceptability’ of forms of peaceful protest.

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
Tue, Feb 28, 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.