Coomi Kapoor

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: Cooperative effort
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Sasikala plans to contest from Jayalalithaa’s Assembly constituency R K Nagar to gradually strengthen her claim on succeeding Jayalalithaa.

Inside Track: Wage relief
Sun, Dec 04, 2016

Tea garden owners instructed their banks to transfer the wages into the National Disaster Relief Fund and the money was subsequently transferred to the offices of the district collectors, from where it was distributed to the labourers.

Inside Track: Noteworthy leak
Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Many myths on demonetisation have gone viral including presence of a chip in the new notes which can be downloaded by the Income Tax.

Inside Track: Vaastu voided
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

Telegana CM Chandrasekhar Rao felt the chief minister’s office block should be higher than all other ministerial office blocks in the complex.

Inside track: Leak-proof
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

To ensure that there was no leak, Law Ministry officials were asked to wait in the Finance Ministry, and the Intelligence Bureau kept tabs till the PM’s announcement.

Inside Track: Visible stand-off
Sun, Nov 06, 2016

The AICC headquarters in Delhi, sleepy and mostly deserted these days, suddenly sprang to life 10 days ago.

Inside track: Unwanted strategist
Sun, Oct 30, 2016

Prashant Kishor is reported to have told a friend that when he worked with the BJP for the 2014 general elections and for Nitish Kumar in the Bihar polls, both parties had a clear idea of their objectives.

Inside track: Saas, Bahu, Samdhan
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

The real reason for the differences between the father and his son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, lies closer home.

Inside Track: Brilliant minds?
Sun, Oct 16, 2016

Sunil Kanugolu, a former consultant with McKinsey, who worked with Kishor’s Citizens for Accountable Governance in Gandhinagar, has been given the task of setting up a similar organisation for the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh campaign.

Inside Track: Quelling rumours on Jayalalithaa
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

In view of the mounting rumours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Governor Vidyasagar Rao to meet the Chief Minister in hospital.

Inside track: Changing of guard
Sun, Oct 02, 2016

At 83, Rosaiah — who also had a short-lived stint as chief minister of Andhra Pradesh — considers himself among the senior-most Congress leaders in the country.

Inside track: Keeping him away
Sun, Sep 25, 2016

After ruffling feathers in the Congress with his The Accidental Prime Minister, in which he claimed that Manmohan Singh as prime minister had played second fiddle to Sonia Gandhi, author Sanjaya Baru is set for an encore.

Inside Track: Badly briefed
Sun, Sep 18, 2016

Four senior ministers, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Venkaiah Naidu, were deputed to brief the media and put the Kashmir story in the “correct perspective”.

Inside track: Rahul Gandhi just cannot make up his mind
Sun, Sep 11, 2016

Sonia will step down and make way for her son, who was appointed vice-president at the party’s plenary session in Jaipur in 2013.

Inside Track: Double standards
Sun, Sep 04, 2016

Indian journalists were told to report for US Secretary of State John Kerry’s press conference at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan at 3 pm, even though the interaction began at 6 pm.

Inside Track: Turf tussle
Sun, Aug 28, 2016

From Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's floods photograph, here are some interesting stories of the week to think about.

Inside Track: No party spirit
Sun, Aug 21, 2016

From President's At Home party to BJP's Tirang Yatra, here are some interesting stories of the week to think about.

Inside Track: Up in the air
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Babul Supriyo joined politics in 2014 and was voted to Parliament from West Bengal, one of only two BJP MPs from the state.

Inside Track: CBI dis(armed)
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

Josy Joseph’s book A Feast of Vultures highlights some forgotten corruption cases involving the rich and the powerful, which the CBI failed to unravel.

Inside Track: Pecking order
Sun, Jul 31, 2016

Arun Jaitley was surprised to find that P Chidambaram wanted to discuss the changes the government was prepared to concede in the proposed GST Bill, as Sonia Gandhi had asked him to do so.

Inside Track: Akalis play spoiler
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

The AAP leader is uncomfortable with anyone with a mind of his own.

Inside Track: Post with portfolio
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

It was felt that whoever handled HRD should be promoted since the minister has to interact with senior academicians, IIM, IIT directors etc, and demands of protocol ought to be upheld.

Inside Track: Different factors
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Smriti Irani’s downfall came about largely because she had alienated most of her Cabinet colleagues, including those handling the HRD in the PMO.

Inside Track: Office to(i)let
Sun, Jul 03, 2016

The aristocratic Nath is the senior most Congress parliamentarian, having been elected for a record nine times.

Inside Track: Maintaining secrecy
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

Raghuram Rajan’s failure to get along with the Central government and secure a second term reminds old timers of the case of his father R Govindarajan, a former additional secretary, R&AW.

PM Modi was awarded Afghan’s highest civilian award, but PMO was upset: Here’s why
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

Grateful politician clients may pay no fee but some nominate them to the Rajya Sabha. The latest to earn a seat thus is Ram Jethmalani, whom Lalu Prasad has agreed to make a member instead of his wife Rabri Devi.

Inside Track: No fresh term
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

President Pranab Mukherjee who completes his term next July, is already sorting out his papers and gifts presented to him during his presidentship. He does not expect the BJP to re-nominate him.

Inside track: Wrong company
Sun, May 29, 2016

Pit stops at everything that happened during the week.

Inside Track: Missing Guru
Sun, May 22, 2016

Pit stops at everything that happened during the week.

Inside Track: Reward not blame
Sun, May 15, 2016

Thanks to the spurt in the number of TV news channels in Tamil Nadu — there are over 16 channels, including 10 owned by politicians — there is a new sense of glasnost in the state.

Inside Track: MoS misbehaves
Sun, May 08, 2016

Naqvi had got up to respond to a parliamentary question and insisted on giving a combative reply even when Heptulla asked him to sit down as she wanted to put across the ministry’s point of view.

Inside Track: Communication gap
Sun, May 01, 2016

Modi replied tartly that his health was fine thanks to being kept on his toes, fending off the weight of abuses poured on him by the Opposition.

Inside track : Empire building
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Compared to his predecessor Mrinal Pande, chairperson of the Prasar Bharati board Surya Prakash has increased his perks, emoluments and powers.

Trick or Tryst?
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

Writer and columnist Tavleen Singh on her new book, Modi and the media, and the family she holds responsible for the country’s many ills.

Inside track: Who done it?
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

A lady who found herself seated by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at one of the capital’s five-star hotels, for a play produced by Aamir Raza Husain, was so thrilled that she took a selfie with the CM and put it up on Facebook.

Inside track: Vadra bahu
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

Priyanka’s newfound closeness to the Vadras comes after years of the Gandhis generally keeping a distance from Robert’s family.