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.
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.
Of late Mayawati has started interacting with the press more frequently and is a gracious hostess.
Banks in the poll-going states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are particularly badly hit and unable to meet the cash demand.
Discussing demonetisation with newsmen, the resourceful Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh remarked that he himself had no black money, only black cards.
Sasikala plans to contest from Jayalalithaa’s Assembly constituency R K Nagar to gradually strengthen her claim on succeeding Jayalalithaa.
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.
Many myths on demonetisation have gone viral including presence of a chip in the new notes which can be downloaded by the Income Tax.
Telegana CM Chandrasekhar Rao felt the chief minister’s office block should be higher than all other ministerial office blocks in the complex.
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.
The AICC headquarters in Delhi, sleepy and mostly deserted these days, suddenly sprang to life 10 days ago.
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.
The real reason for the differences between the father and his son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, lies closer home.
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.
In view of the mounting rumours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Governor Vidyasagar Rao to meet the Chief Minister in hospital.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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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.