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: Changing tactics
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

The party has announced its chief ministerial candidate in advance, appointing Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal as its state chief.

Inside track: Old enemy blossoms
Sun, Nov 22, 2015

An old adversary of Modi, Sanjay Joshi, is also beginning to flex his muscles. Joshi, an RSS pracharak, was once a power to reckon with in the party, but was eased out of the BJP in 2005 thanks to Modi.

Inside Track: L K Advani’s birthday business
Sun, Nov 15, 2015

Advani had decided not to celebrate his birthday this year and had asked loyal followers like Harin Pathak in Gujarat not to fly down to Delhi for a party.

Inside Track: Strained relations
Sun, Nov 08, 2015

The government is piqued that Pranab Mukherjee has raised the issue of tolerance in society on four separate occasions.

Inside track: With 41 and more, Summit snags
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

The MEA had a tough time monitoring the movements and ensuring the security of 41 heads of State and officials from 54 countries at the third India-Africa Forum Summit in Delhi.

Inside track: Office, but no work
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

Cabinet minister Smriti Irani has a strong hold over her ministry and hence there is little power delegated to either of Irani’s two deputies. Tharoor was fortunate.

Inside Track: Mark of confidence
Sun, Oct 18, 2015

The Vigilance Bureau building is reportedly to be converted into the CM’s ‘advisory council office’ if Nitish returns as CM.

Inside Track: The Noida jinx
Sun, Oct 11, 2015

The Noida jinx myth goes back nearly two decades, starting with Chief Minister Vir Bahadur Singh in 1988.

Inside track: Last-minute switch
Sun, Oct 04, 2015

A casualty could be Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu. He was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, although he was technically in the Shiv Sena.

Inside Track: Invisible ministers
Sun, Sep 27, 2015

Shahnawaz Hussain, thanks to being party spokesperson and having been a minister in the Vajpayee government, is well-recognised. Under Modi, the party spokespersons are more visible than a majority of the ministers.

Inside Track: Big B’s toothache
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

Many of the big names of the Hindi literary world, were not invited to 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan, although they were present at the 2012 conference held in Mauritius. Their omission was presumably because they had been close to the UPA government.

Inside track: Now Kamal TV
Sun, Sep 13, 2015

DD programme Janne ka Haq was the only TV show in India which for over nine years was based solely on RTI and transparency-related issues.

Inside Track: In San Francisco mode
Sun, Sep 06, 2015

But the biggest NRI rally of all is likely to be at the Wembley Stadium, London, later this year where around 85,000 people are expected.

Inside Track: Woke up late
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

Last week when TV channels announced that Sarma was holding talks with BJP president Amit Shah, Rahul sprang belatedly into action.

Inside Track: Rahul Gandhi’s Questions
Sun, Aug 23, 2015

Congress members are curious whether the widely distributed questionnaire is part of Rahul’s efforts at democratising the party or a subtle way of finding out who is in which camp.

Inside Track: In full control
Sun, Aug 16, 2015

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses India-Pakistan relations with NSA Ajit Doval and Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Doval does most of the talking.

Inside Track: The Naga Tales
Sun, Aug 09, 2015

PM Narendra Modi's tweet on Monday took most people in the government by surprise.

Inside Track: Silent President
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur responds to all media queries about the board while BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya is silent.

Inside Track: Breakfast with PM
Sun, Jul 26, 2015

What Dulat does not mention is that Khan, on one of his trips to India, had breakfast with then prime minister Manmohan Singh at Race Course Road.

Inside Track: Unfurling UFA
Sun, Jul 19, 2015

The MEA's attitude towards the talks by the two heads of government is interesting.

Inside Track: Home vs MEA
Sun, Jul 12, 2015

The US is upset over the Home Ministry’s stringent action against the Ford Foundation, which has made its continuation in India problematic.

Inside Track: Maun Vrath
Sun, Jul 05, 2015

The BJP feels its best strategy is to ride out the storm, at least till after the Bihar assembly elections.

Inside Track: On the Mat
Sun, Jun 28, 2015

On the International Yoga Day, there was no shortage of yoga enthusiasts. However, a shortage of mats was the problem.

Inside Track: Law unto himself
Sun, Jun 21, 2015

In his licence application, Tomar attached only his school leaving certificate, and not his ‘fake’ college degree.

Inside Track: Jayanthi out in cold
Sun, Jun 14, 2015

The problem is that Natarajan expects the BJP to accommodate her by awarding her with some post.

Inside Track: Celebrating Gujaratis
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

The government has set up a task force to study and put forward an authoritative account of Ballabhbhai Patel’s achievements, most notably his integration of the princely states.

Inside track: Bad timing
Sun, May 31, 2015

Earlier the same day, Singh had strongly criticised Modi, so the meeting later in the day blunted the edge of his assault on the government.

Inside Track: Keeping his distance
Sun, May 24, 2015

Not travelling with Modi is just one part of it; the media are not permitted to even stay in the same hotel as the PM.

Inside Track: Learning Golf
Sun, May 17, 2015

Despite his hectic schedule of late, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is learning to play golf at the prestigious Delhi Golf Club.

Inside Track: Spring Cleaning
Sun, May 10, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a spring cleaning of his office and residence at Race Course Road. Twelve truckloads of stuff was removed in the clean-up drive.

InsideTrack: Rawal, in play
Sun, May 03, 2015

The bold Hindi play Kishan v/s Kanhaiya staged in the auditorium of Parliament House library left MPs by surprise.

Inside Track: Unconventional approach
Sun, Apr 26, 2015

PM Narendra Modi broke with convention on at least three occasions on his recent visit to France, Germany and Canada.

Inside Track: Sticking on
Sun, Apr 19, 2015

Unlike others who have had to leave after completing their parliamentary terms, Amar Singh has so far managed to stay on.

Inside track: Not so tweet
Sun, Apr 12, 2015

Some of Anil Vij’s earlier tweets can also be interpreted as innuendoes against M L Khattar.

Inside Track: House on fire?
Sun, Apr 05, 2015

T K Viswanathan, has written to both Narendra Modi and Pranab Mukherjee that the Delhi Fire Service had refused to give a fire safety clearance to the building.

A Lady on Grub Street
Sat, Apr 04, 2015

In 1950s’ Delhi, newspaper offices had little room and no toilets for women. But Kamla Mankekar barged her way in. This is her story.