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: The Gujarat stable
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Mukim, Additional Chief Secretary, Gujarat will follow in the footsteps of a string of Gujarat-cadre officers who have been accommodated in powerful posts in Delhi

Inside Track: Hardik’s hubris
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Hardik, who wants to have sole control over the Patel reservation campaign, is so self-important that he is unwilling to talk to anyone in the Congress other than Rahul.

Inside Track: Dogs and Masters
Sun, Nov 05, 2017

Maneka Gandhi, when she left her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi’s Safdarjung Road residence, was accompanied by her two dogs, one a particularly large and generally uncontrollable canine.

Dina Wadia, Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s estranged daughter, passes away at 98
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

In her later years, Dina lived mostly in New York though she made an annual trip to Mumbai to meet her family and friends. She was extremely close to son Nusli who visited her often.

Inside Track: Major goof-up
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Either someone from the Rashtrapati Bhavan media department who wrote the speech’s first draft was ignorant of the confrontation between the BJP and Congress over Tipu Sultan’s legacy, or else, as seems rather unlikely, President Ram Nath Kovind is genuinely appreciative of Tipu’s role in Indian history.

Inside track: Rahul Gandhi as president
Sun, Oct 22, 2017

The announcement of Rahul Gandhi’s name as Congress president could be sooner than most in the party assume.

A Man of Honour
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

The third instalment of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s autobiography is a candid glimpse into the behind-the-scenes maneuvering in the government and the Congress party

Inside Track: No Midas touch
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Interestingly, while there have been detailed responses to the article’s allegations and a defamation suit by Jay’s lawyers, his defenders have avoided mentioning the obvious inaccuracy in the headline, ‘The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah’

Inside Track: In a trance?
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Yogi’s ministers also grumble that the CM is frequently inaccessible. Some joke privately that perhaps he spends a lot of his time in the yogic position called tandra, which means he is neither sleeping nor awake. He is in a trance.

Ever since Digvijaya’s second marriage, there has been considerable heartburn among his Rajput family
Sun, Oct 01, 2017

Digvijaya's son Jaivardhan Singh, an MLA, is still not reconciled to his marriage

Inside Track: Double portfolios
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Along with their heavy duties as Railway Minister and HRD Minister respectively, Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar have another weighty responsibility. In fact they could end up spending as much time on party work as they do on official duties.

Inside Track: In Speaker’s hands
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

No time limit was set for the Speaker of an Assembly to decide if a legislator should be disqualified for defecting.

Inside Track: Silence is consent
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Reshuffle jitters
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Nitish’s choice
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Personal property?
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Who’s with whom?
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

In the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, at the end of the day, it was still not quite clear as to who voted for whom.

Inside Track: Unkindest cut
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Notable omission
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Compromise formula
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Unprecedented visit
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Who is the most democratic of them all?
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Flying phobia
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

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.

Inside track: Cleared in two minutes
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Wrong number
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Prez’s card hunt
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Rashtrapati Bhavan was in a tizzy last week when President Pranab Mukherjee discovered that his Aadhaar card was missing.

Inside Track: Keeping a check
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Even the powerful Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath does not have a completely free hand.

Inside Track: Dubious Age
Sun, May 28, 2017

Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela has made his unhappiness clear to his party.

Inside Track: Smriti’s makeover
Sun, May 21, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Cinematic licence
Sun, May 14, 2017

Producer-director Karan Johar’s autobiography An Unsuitable Boy, released earlier this year, has riled quite a few members of the extended Johar clan.

Scales of Justice
Sat, May 06, 2017

A new book on the Nanavati case provides a gripping account of the trial and its aftermath

Inside Track: No-confidence vote
Sun, Apr 30, 2017

The ostensible reason for the talks is the choice of a common Presidential candidate to contest against the NDA’s nominee.

Inside track: Silent coup
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

The new camaraderie was on display last week, when the Navy arranged a day out at sea for AIADMK MLAs, MPs and their families.

Inside track: Fighting Spirit
Sun, Apr 09, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Looks won’t kill
Sun, Apr 02, 2017

Partypersons wonder at the need to experiment with newcomers when seasoned hands are at a loose end

Inside Track: Amit Shah’s choice
Sun, Mar 26, 2017

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.