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.
No time limit was set for the Speaker of an Assembly to decide if a legislator should be disqualified for defecting.
The big question is how Nirmala Sitharaman pipped everyone to the post and bagged the heavyweight Defence portfolio. The PM may be pleased with Sitharaman’s honesty, hard work, draftsmanship and ability to give a précis of lengthy documents, but other factors also weighed in her favour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wary of journalists. The moment he took over as PM, he stopped the media, other than Doordarshan, from accompanying him on his aircraft within India and abroad. Now that BJP nominee Ram Nath Kovind is President of India, the same rules apply.
Singh, a Kurmi from the same region as Nitish, is a retired Uttar Pradesh IAS officer who worked with Nitish both when he was railway minister and later CM. After Singh retired, the JD(U) nominated him twice to the Rajya Sabha.
As a formality, the periodical sought permission from the Nehru Memorial Fund, housed in Teen Murti Marg and funded largely by government grants, to reproduce the draft speech to commemorate the 70th year of Independence.
In the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, at the end of the day, it was still not quite clear as to who voted for whom.
The two articulate JD(U) spokespersons in Delhi, K C Tyagi and Pawan Varma, did not take more than a minute to make a complete U-turn in their political arguments once Nitish Kumar announced he was switching from the Mahagathbandhan to the BJP.
A noteworthy omission from Pranab Mukherjee's farewell address to Parliament was late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv had sidelined Mukherjee, the senior-most minister in his mother’s Cabinet, suspecting that he had prime ministerial ambitions.
Reports in a section of the media last week that when the Congress organisational elections are held at the end of the year, Sonia Gandhi may continue as president since her health has improved, can be taken with a pinch of salt.
An unusual trip, which went unnoticed, was that of Zhaohui’s wife, counsellor Dr Jiang Yili, who flew to Bhutan and called on the royalty there, including the Queen Mother.
Does the BJP really differ from these family-run parties? The answer is both yes and no. Instead of one family, it is the Sangh Parivar which has the final say.
Recently, PM Narendra Modi asked Uma Bharti to fly to Tel Aviv as part of the preparations for his trip to Israel on July 4. Bharti suggested to the PMO that the secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources should go in her place.
BJP president Amit Shah was convinced of Ram Nath Kovind’s suitability for the post from the beginning. Ram Nath Kovind’s name was not opposed or even debated by anybody at the BJP’s parliamentary board. The motion was proposed by Shah and passed in two minutes.
An amused Sitharaman, who later heard about the mix-up, asked Goyal and Pradhan why they had not got back to her. “Because we would have looked like three idiots,’’ was their response.
Rashtrapati Bhavan was in a tizzy last week when President Pranab Mukherjee discovered that his Aadhaar card was missing.
Even the powerful Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath does not have a completely free hand.
Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela has made his unhappiness clear to his party.
Irani uses Twitter both to propagate handloom and, more recently, cotton fabrics. Many of her ministerial colleagues have joined in her ‘#CottonIsCool’ campaign on social media.
Producer-director Karan Johar’s autobiography An Unsuitable Boy, released earlier this year, has riled quite a few members of the extended Johar clan.
A new book on the Nanavati case provides a gripping account of the trial and its aftermath
The ostensible reason for the talks is the choice of a common Presidential candidate to contest against the NDA’s nominee.
The new camaraderie was on display last week, when the Navy arranged a day out at sea for AIADMK MLAs, MPs and their families.
As one of the four life trustees of Delhi’s prestigious India International Centre, Vatsyayan, the Gandhi family’s favourite cultural czarina, is now fighting to be declared president of the IIC.
Partypersons wonder at the need to experiment with newcomers when seasoned hands are at a loose end
Amit Shah put a spoke in Manoj Sinha’s candidature at the last minute by warning there were murmurs against Sinha from a section of the party.
The story of the unlikely romance between Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the young Parsi heiress, Ruttie Petit
Ramdev also nurses a grievance that the BJP government has not rewarded him suitably for his extensive campaigning in 2014.
Amit Shah runs a one-man show in which there is little room for debate or consensus.
Dimple has proved to be a big hit among young voters and women. Her smart repartee, often directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi has drawn much applause.
The ruling AIADMK fears that if the MLAs are disqualified, fresh elections would be held in their constituencies and could expose Sasikala’s unpopularity.
Sasikala was in a hurry to assume the chief minister’s post partly because she feared the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment, but also because she had been warned by her astrologer that the most propitious time for her was between January 26 and February 14.
The recent re-release of P N Chopra’s biography of Sardar Patel highlights how the Nehru-Gandhi regimes have downplayed Patel’s contributions.
For the 2017 survey, virtually each chapter begins with a quote and Subramanian has drawn from many sources, including Tagore, Nehru, Keynes, Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogues and Aravind Adiga.
The Samajwadi Party and Congress have an uneasy alliance. Neither Rahul Gandhi nor Akhilesh Yadav was present in Lucknow when the alliance was announced.
V K Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan was in Delhi just before Pongal and met several Congresspersons to discuss how to deal with the disproportionate assets case still pending against his wife
Since the BJP will not be in a position to ensure a win for a Presidential candidate of its choice, it will have to settle for a consensus candidate.