Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Coomi Kapoor

Coomi Kapoor has been a journalist for the last four decades. Her forte has been political reporting. She has witnessed the shifting
power equations in the capital -- from Indira Gandhi’s regime to the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party. She is presently contributing editor to The Indian Express. Earlier, she worked for the newspaper as chief reporter, special correspondent and editor, Delhi. Coomi has worked in several publications in different capacities. She was principal correspondent, India Today, editor news, Sunday Mail, bureau chief, Indian Post and political editor, Illustrated Weekly. She has been writing a political diary in a lighter vein since 1985 and her syndicated column was carried by many newspapers. She was also stringer for The Times, London, and columnist for The Star, Malaysia.

Inside Track: Sobering sartorial style
Sun, Mar 22, 2015

Ever since there was a hue and cry over his dressing, there has been a subtle change in Modi’s sartorial style.

Inside Track: 34 questions
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

The Congress is unable to persuade Captain Amarinder Singh to attend the House regularly.

Remembering Vinod Mehta: The boy from Lucknow had an unconventional approach towards editing newspapers
Mon, Mar 09, 2015

As an editor Vinod Mehta never pulled rank, giving correspondents a free hand if he felt they had a valid story to tell.

Inside track
Sun, Mar 08, 2015

Kejriwal called Hazare his guru during the Lokpal campaign, which he exploited to become a nationally known figure.

Inside Track: Yadav weds Yadav
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

Lalu once hoped that his eldest daughter Misa would marry Yadav’s eldest son Akhilesh.

Inside Track: Potential Recruits
Sun, Feb 22, 2015

Long ago, when they were buddies, Pravin Togadia rode the bike with Narendra Modi as pillion.

Three weddings, one poll
Sun, Feb 15, 2015

There was understandable gloom on the day, as the trends of the Delhi results became clear.

Inside track: Slight tension
Sun, Feb 08, 2015

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, things can go awry.

Inside Track: Not voluntarily
Sun, Feb 01, 2015

Given the President’s reluctance to clear Ramdev’s name, the BJP had to and urge him to decline the award.

Inside track: No car for Jashoda
Sun, Nov 23, 2014

Rules do not permit Jashodaben to travel in the SPG car even though she enjoys going on pilgrimages.

Inside Track: On pundit’s order
Sun, Nov 16, 2014

A cabinet minister became nervous on hearing about the ministerial reshuffle since he feared that PM might feel that his performance was not up to scratch.

Inside Track: Talkative ministers
Sun, Nov 09, 2014

Modi’s absence at Shakti Sthal to pay respects on the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi was criticised by Congresspersons.

Inside track: Pressing his case
Sun, Nov 02, 2014

The Press Council for the first time picked one not by consensus but through a secret ballot.

Inside track: Uplifting desire
Sun, Oct 26, 2014

The biggest problem Dikshit is facing is climbing the stairs. She wanted to install a lift, but her neighbour downstairs, IAS officer and author Upamanyu Chatterjee, was not agreeable to the idea as it would block his living room view.

Inside Tracker: Weeding out laws
Sun, Oct 19, 2014

The Congress seemed to have conceded defeat even before the results of the Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra were announced.

Inside track: Health rumours
Sun, Oct 12, 2014

But he developed two complications in quick succession — a stomach infection and then a lung infection.

Inside Track: Despite hurdles
Sun, Oct 05, 2014

His visit to the US fell between two important Jewish festivals, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Inside track: The Orissa era
Sun, Sep 28, 2014

Manmohan Singh’s PMO was dominated by officials from Kerala, including T K A Nair, Shivshankar Menon and M K Narayanan.

Book Review
Book review: Stolen Years – A Memoir of Simranjit Singh Mann’s Imprisonment
Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Simranjit Singh Mann’s daughter pieces together the turbulent years of her father’s imprisonment on charges of sedition and conspiracy.

Inside Track: Special case
Sun, Sep 21, 2014

The Gujarat government put two ministers in charge of arrangements for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Ahmedabad last week.

Inside track: Hooked to hookah
Sun, Sep 14, 2014

Many Indian cricketers carry a hookah in their bags and take puffs during their free time.

Inside track: Lead drummer
Sun, Sep 07, 2014

Modi is familiar with both musical instruments since RSS recruits as part of their training are taught to play the drums and flute.

Inside track: After the funeral
Sun, Aug 31, 2014

Congress persons are unanimous that Vinod Rai was a disastrous choice as the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Inside track: Taking no chances
Sun, Aug 24, 2014

Originally scheduled for July 3, Modi’s trip was re-scheduled for August 4. The visit has now been fixed for August 31.

Inside Track: Classroom scenario
Sun, Aug 17, 2014

Some ministers were so overawed by Modi’s presence that they stood up, as if in a classroom, while presenting their homework.

Book Review
Book review: Strictly Personal, Manmohan and Gursharan
Mon, Aug 18, 2014

Daman Singh’s biography of her father Manmohan offers interesting nuggets about her parents, but does not venture into his fraught life as leader of the nation

Inside track: 75 plus out
Sun, Aug 10, 2014

The 75-plus club is unlikely to be appointed to head any parliamentary committee either.

‘Sonia’s aides said I was so close to her, people would think she took the money. I didn’t take any of it. Then who did?’
Thu, Sep 04, 2014

Natwar Singh says that while Congress may need to reinvent itself, right now its only bet is the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Inside track: Powerful addition
Sun, Aug 03, 2014

P K Mishra seems to have more clout than either Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra or Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth.

Inside track: Zero Hour
Sun, Jul 27, 2014

Modi believes that there will be unnecessary delays if objections are put as file notings, as these files shuttle back and forth.

Inside track: Off the hook
Sun, Jul 20, 2014

The Congress is in a tizzy because of a mischievous tweet by Subramanian Swamy captioned ‘National Herald Part II’.

Inside Track: The PM-CM tiff
Sun, Jul 13, 2014

Raje has not forgiven Modi for ignoring the ministerial claims of her son Dushyant Singh, a three-time MP.

Arun Jaitley: PM’s input provider, troubleshooter and budget author
Thu, Jul 10, 2014

Jaitley, who will present the budget today, has been Modi’s go-to man in Delhi since the late 1990s.

Inside track: Achche din for DD
Sun, Jul 06, 2014

Sushma Swaraj visited Bangladesh recently, only official and semi-official media were part of the accompanying press party.

Inside track: Chinese check
Sun, Jun 29, 2014

Japanese suspect the hand of China behind the postponed visit, since Chinese President Xi Jinping is scheduled to meet Modi at BRICS summit.

Inside track: A modified behaviour
Sun, Jun 22, 2014

prime Minister Narendra Modi is already focussing on his Independence Day address to ensure that it is out of the box.