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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Congress to piggyback on Akhilesh Yadav’s SP in Uttar Pradesh polls; Grand Alliance on the cards?
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Akhilesh has come out as a strong contender in the elections, he seems to have realised that he may not be able to win a majority this time on his own. He will need to stitch together an alliance to avoid a hung assembly.

Navjot Singh Sidhu joins Congress; but these old videos may embarrass him
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Though, Sidhu may have called himself a born Congressman to woo the party veterans, a mention of his old statements against the Grand Old Party and its vice-president may leave him embarrassed.

Is Mulayam Singh Yadav ready to return to state politics?
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

The former UP chief minister is currently a Lok Sabha member. With his party practically out of his control and age not on his side, Mulayam’s national ambition appears realistically at an end. But Mulayam doesn’t look set to hang up his boots just yet.

Navjot Singh Sidhu joins Congress but seeks to avoid being branded turncoat
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Sidhu will be the star campaigner for the party in the elections and he would want all associations to his previous party to die out from the public conscience.

Advani yearns for Sindh but it is too late to redraw border lines
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Lal Krishna Advani seems to be one of those people who enjoyed the best of both countries in undivided India but lost a beloved part to another country. However, it would seem that resenting now will not help and it is too late to redraw maps anymore.

Will Navjot Singh Sidhu prove to be the trump card for Congress in Punjab polls?
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Due to his celebrity image, Sidhu enjoys significant popularity among voters in the state. Also, the party Congress will seek to consolidate the anti-Akali Sikh vote as Akalis suffer massive anti-incumbency.

Doormat taken off but other Indian flag merchandise still on sale at Amazon
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

After the warning, Amazon did take off the doormat from its catalogue, albeit without serving an apology.

Sushma Swaraj well within her right to attack Amazon on national flag issue
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj lashing out against Amazon for selling Indian national flag-emblazoned doormats on its Canada website has triggered extreme reactions on social media.

Why Kejriwal can’t afford to leave Delhi for Punjab
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Kejriwal’s credibility as a leader strongly depends on his commitment to the citizens of Delhi. No matter how beneficial Kejriwal may prove to be in Punjab elections for AAP, it would be self-destructing to lose Delhi’s faith for Punjab.

Rahul Gandhi’s demonetisation sarcasm strikes a chord at Congress meet
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took an aggressive avatar against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Congress party’s national convention held in Delhi on Wednesday. His speech was laced with humour and sarcasm as he took on the government over demonetisation.

SC ban on use of religion in polls tough to implement thanks to motormouths like Sakshi Maharaj
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Uttar Pradesh politics is heavily beset with religion and caste. And Sakshi Maharaj’s remarks in this election season are not completely out of place. Whether it is the BJP or the BSP, SP, Congress, or AIMIM, religion and caste issues have been used in elections by every party.

Congress release Punjab manifesto, eyes water to sail through poll
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

“Punjab Da Paani, Punjab Vaaste (Punjab’s water is for its people only)” is the call given out by Congress to woo voters of the great agrarian state that thrives on agriculture supported by the five rivers that flow through it.

OCI and PIO cards: All you need to know
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

PIO card (Person of Indian Origin) card and OCI cards (Overseas Citizen of India) give different benefits.

At Pravasi Diwas, PM Modi seeks to deepen engagement with NRIs
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

PM Modi highlighted the massive contributions of the diaspora community to India and its economy.

Akhilesh Yadav emerges as stronger, more assertive leader amid SP family fight
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

For now it seems Akhilesh has become the de facto head of the party with over 200 elected legislators rallying behind the 43-year-old leader.

PM Modi and CM Modi have opposite views on state grants
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Such a change in views and statements on the large platform has caused massive trolling of the PM.

‘Caged parrot’ CBI comes under attack from Mamata Banerjee
Wed, Jan 04, 2017

Over the years, CBI has come under the scanner for repeatedly being used by either the Centre or state governments to initiate, influence, bend or close cases and investigations.

Suresh Prabhu’s push for railways’ special safety fund is a welcome step
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

The Railways will apparently seek to procure equipment primarily meant to quickly detect cracks on rail lines--one of the major reasons for accidents and derailments.

Karnataka home minister’s remark on mass molestation shows state’s apathy to law and order
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Ideally, if the home minister and law enforcement agencies anticipate such incidents and had an idea that such incidents take place in certain locations in the city on new year’s eve then they should have done everything in their power to stop them from happening.

SC ban on use of religion, caste in electoral politics is a step in right direction
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

The Supreme Court’s ruling just ahead of the Uttar Pradesh election on use of religion and caste seems an admirable but difficult to implement measure to clean up electoral politics in the country.

Amar Singh: The man in the middle of Samajwadi Party chaos
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wielded his authority and appointed himself as the national president of the party, sidelining his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. Amid all the chaos, Amar Singh seems to be the man in the middle of the latest crisis.

Akhilesh may rebel after Mulayam’s rebuttal on ticket distribution
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

The fallout between the father and the son gives strong hints of Akhilesh releasing another list of candidates, which in effect will be seen as a rebellion against Mulayam.

Sealdah Ajmer Express accident shows why India needs to get safety on track before bullet trains
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Indian Railways in 2015 suffered seven major collisions and derailments which killed 65 people.

Dear Opposition parties, if you can’t cash in on this demonetisation mess…
Tue, Dec 27, 2016

A lot of mud slinging has been witnessed across the country from all political parties after demonetisation.

Sahara diaries: Congress put Sheila Dikshit on the line to save Rahul Gandhi’s face
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Sheila Dikshit had questioned the authenticity of the papers a couple of days ago and rubbished allegations of her being a monetary beneficiary in the case.

Sahara diaries: Sheila Dikshit blunts Rahul Gandhi’s attack on PM Modi
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

Sheila Dikshit’s comments rubbishing the controversial Sahara diaries has taken away the sharpness from Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The development points to complacency exercised by Gandhi and the Congress top brass in accusing the PM of corruption.

UP polls: Ticket distribution exposes fault-lines in Samajwadi Party
Mon, Dec 26, 2016

Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi parivar still seems to be embroiled in infighting. As a result, the SP looks inept to exploit the issue of demonetisation in their ongoing election campaign.

After demonetisation, govt must prepare to fight challenge of digital black economy
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

One of the major issues that the government may turn its attention to is digital currency like bitcoin and its possible use to turn black money into digital black money.

Families flying together will have to pay a premium to sit together
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

As the Centre pushes to make air travel more appealing and affordable for passengers, airlines including national carrier Air India are now using ingenious ways to squeeze money out of travellers. One such almost unnecessary travel expense is seat selection fee.

Demonetisation flip-flops have dented RBI’s credibility and image
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

To mitigate the situation, RBI has issued around 60 orders. But the bank has gone back on many of them and the public is still confused and harassed by the uncertain planning of the RBI.

TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu breaks ranks on demonetisation, disquiet growing in NDA?
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Telugu Desam Party head and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu was among first few alliance partners of the ruling NDA who came out in support of the move.

Athawale eyes Mayawati’s Dalit vote bank with private job quota plan?
Wed, Dec 21, 2016

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale’s latest plans to woo Dalits gives indications that his party RPI (A), and possibly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), may be plotting to eat into the Dalit vote bank of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party.

Arun Jaitley’s Railway budget plan: A push for payment of services
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Jaitley stressed that the passengers should pay for the services they receive and that the Indian Railways should focus more on its core competencies--driving trains--and should be open to outsourcing other services and operations to increase efficiency and profitability.

Can BJP-SAD repeat Chandigarh municipal results in Punjab Assembly polls?
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Early readings suggested that the dominant player against BJP-SAD in Punjab will be the Aam Aadmi Party, which didn’t fight municipal polls in Chandigarh.

Demonetisation may be a core issue in UP Assembly elections
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Demonetisation has overshadowed all other election issues that had caught the attention of the masses.

New RBI guidelines on cash deposits of demonetised notes add to confusion
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Individuals will only be able to deposit demonetised bank notes above ₹5,000 only once till the remainder of the deposit deadline i.e. December 30, 2016.