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: 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.

How Far They Travelled
Sat, Mar 25, 2017

The story of the unlikely romance between Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the young Parsi heiress, Ruttie Petit

Inside Track: Maun vrat?
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

Ramdev also nurses a grievance that the BJP government has not rewarded him suitably for his extensive campaigning in 2014.

Inside track: Shahanshah
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Amit Shah runs a one-man show in which there is little room for debate or consensus.

Inside track: Family asset
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Treading cautiously
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

The ruling AIADMK fears that if the MLAs are disqualified, fresh elections would be held in their constituencies and could expose Sasikala’s unpopularity.

Inside track: Resort to tactics
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Trumped out
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

The recent re-release of P N Chopra’s biography of Sardar Patel highlights how the Nehru-Gandhi regimes have downplayed Patel’s contributions.

Inside track: Literary flourish
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Stars to forefront
Sun, Jan 29, 2017

The Samajwadi Party and Congress have an uneasy alliance. Neither Rahul Gandhi nor Akhilesh Yadav was present in Lucknow when the alliance was announced.

Inside Track: Aiming higher
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

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

Inside track: Consensus choice
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

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.

Inside Track: Affable Mayawati
Sun, Jan 01, 2017

Of late Mayawati has started interacting with the press more frequently and is a gracious hostess.

Inside Track: Ready to face music
Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Banks in the poll-going states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab are particularly badly hit and unable to meet the cash demand.

Inside Track: No to Indira show
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Discussing demonetisation with newsmen, the resourceful Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh remarked that he himself had no black money, only black cards.

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”.