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.
From President's At Home party to BJP's Tirang Yatra, here are some interesting stories of the week to think about.
Babul Supriyo joined politics in 2014 and was voted to Parliament from West Bengal, one of only two BJP MPs from the state.
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.
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.
The AAP leader is uncomfortable with anyone with a mind of his own.
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.
Smriti Irani’s downfall came about largely because she had alienated most of her Cabinet colleagues, including those handling the HRD in the PMO.
The aristocratic Nath is the senior most Congress parliamentarian, having been elected for a record nine times.
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.
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.
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.
Pit stops at everything that happened during the week.
Pit stops at everything that happened during the week.
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.
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.
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.
Compared to his predecessor Mrinal Pande, chairperson of the Prasar Bharati board Surya Prakash has increased his perks, emoluments and powers.
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.
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.
Priyanka’s newfound closeness to the Vadras comes after years of the Gandhis generally keeping a distance from Robert’s family.
Also read how the Congress party almost lost its war room - 15, Gurdwara Rakabganj Road.
In Gujarat, Congress members have been supporting a group which was on a hunger fast demanding that cow be declared the national animal.
The buzz is that Surjewala could be asked to get approval from Prashant Kishor before he takes any poll-related decision. The man actively promoting Kishor is Rahul’s close aide K Raju.
From LK Advani's wedding anniversary party to the long standoff between the Home Ministry and the Ford Foundation in India. We get you the details from Lutyen's Delhi.
A leading news channel had invited PM Narendra Modi to be its chief guest, but he backed out at the last minute and the function had to be postponed.
Subhash Chandra’s journey up the corporate ladder can be a lesson for all business management students.
The most powerful voice for strong action against JNU students came from Amit Shah, who was convinced that an example needed to be made of the youth who, he felt, were indulging in “anti-national” activity.
Many senior Congressmen feared it might be construed as support for those shouting slogans in favour of Afzal Guru, a terrorist who was hanged during the UPA regime for his role in the Parliament House attack.
Of the 15 people working on the Budget, one does not know what the other is doing. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is the sole coordinator.
In the second part of his autobiography, President Pranab Mukherjee appears to have held back from exposing too many secrets
In his biography The Z Factor, television mogul Subhash Chandra has been extraordinarily candid about his past.
The Indian government was keen to present Hollande a portrait of himself by an Indian artist who specialises in capturing the likeness of his subjects from a photograph.
Here's the latest from Coomi Kapoor's Sunday column Inside Track.
Justice R M Lodha in his report suggesting reforms for the BCCI, recommended that ministers and government servants be kept out of the administration of the sports body.
Controversial Delhi Police chief B S Bassi is due to retire at the end of February and there is a tussle between four DG grade officers who are next in line for the job.
Modi is sensitive to the criticism that he is far too often out of the country, sometimes even when Parliament is in session.