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.

Veteran journalist S Nihal Singh (1929-2018): Among the last old-school titans
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Singh lived a full life until the end. He was a regular on the diplomatic circuit in Delhi and meticulous in writing his column for the Tribune and Asian Age, before he was hospitalised recently.

Inside Track: Flame doused
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

Towards the end of the last Parliament session, the Congress appeared at the forefront of the Opposition move to bring an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

Inside Track: Caught in the middle
Sun, Apr 08, 2018

The hapless Frank Noronha, who was on leave prior to retirement as PIB chief, was reportedly asked by the PMO to immediately issue the WhatsApp message declaring that the PM had ordered the I&B Ministry to withdraw its notification.

Inside Track: Land of Buddha
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Buddha Sasana, Sri Lanka was in India last month, he was refused entry into the Lingaraj temple despite him being a devout Buddhist.

Inside Track: Ostrich attitude
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

In Parliament, BJP president Amit Shah appeared chipper and confident despite his party’s setbacks in the recently held bypolls.

Inside track: Barometer bungled?
Sun, Mar 18, 2018

Incidentally, Akhilesh’s denial of a Rajya Sabha seat to Agrawal is also a setback for Ram Gopal Yadav, considered Akhilesh’s chanakya in his battle with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav

Inside Track: Glimpses of Karti’s clout
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

A Raja claims in his newly released book 2G Saga Unfolds that Karti Chidambaram had approached him to meet the owner of a leading telecom service provider and he had obliged Karti, since he was the son of a ministerial colleague.

That Which Doesn’t Heal
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

An account of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom which, while recalling a shameful episode, offers no fresh evidence

Inside Track: No help from BSP
Sun, Mar 04, 2018

Contrary to its assumption that the BJP would be at a disadvantage because the BSP didn’t put up candidates, the voting figures suggest the contrary. This is worrying for the Congress whose poll strategy for 2019 is to focus on the SC vote.

Inside Track: No curtain call
Sun, Feb 25, 2018

Modi’s grim face indicated that he was unhappy with the glitch in an otherwise well-choreographed event.

Inside track: Scramble for seat
Sun, Feb 18, 2018

Since the BJP won 312 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, it is expected to win at least eight seats. There is speculation whether Jaya Bachchan, an active and conscientious MP unlike others, will return since her party, the Samajwadi Party, can win only one seat

Inside Track: Predictions begin
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

A leading Congress leader even suggested that a less autocratic and more affable BJP leader, such as Rajnath Singh, could be acceptable to potential allies in case of a hung parliament.

Inside Track: Flying too high
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pointed out that her books had fared much better in sales without any self-publicity or gifting of free copies to fellow MPs.

Inside Track: Post-Modi diplomacy
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not meet Rahul or Sonia Gandhi during his recent trip to India although it is customary in diplomacy for visiting heads of states to also speak to the leader of Opposition.

Inside Track: Home truths
Sun, Jan 21, 2018

Whether it is the scare over the Gujarat elections or the coming Lok Sabha polls in 2019, both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah appear keen to mend fences with the media.

Inside track: Keeping politics out
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

Rahul and Shah are clearly still to imbibe the spirit of bonhomie in Parliament, where ideological differences do not translate into personal enmities

Inside Track: Beginning his reign
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Congress leaders in Maharashtra and Gujarat apprehend that Rahul was egged on by the newly elected Independent MLA Jignesh Mewani, who is fond of displaying the many WhatsApp messages he exchanges with the Congress president.

Inside Track: Poll doles Tamil Nadu Style
Sun, Dec 31, 2017

Elections to the prestigious RK Nagar seat, once represented by the late Jayalalithaa, were countermanded twice since cash running into tens of crores was recovered during the campaign.

Inside track: Hardik a help?
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

With the fiery Patel youth leader supporting the Congress, anti-Patel OBC communities such as Thakors and Kolis voted in large numbers for the BJP

Inside track: Gift rapped
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

The Gujarat results will indicate how seriously the voters of the state take Rahul Gandhi. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi certainly does.