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: In Speaker’s hands
Sun, Sep 17, 2017

No time limit was set for the Speaker of an Assembly to decide if a legislator should be disqualified for defecting.

Inside Track: Silence is consent
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

The big question is how Nirmala Sitharaman pipped everyone to the post and bagged the heavyweight Defence portfolio. The PM may be pleased with Sitharaman’s honesty, hard work, draftsmanship and ability to give a précis of lengthy documents, but other factors also weighed in her favour.

Inside Track: Reshuffle jitters
Sun, Sep 03, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wary of journalists. The moment he took over as PM, he stopped the media, other than Doordarshan, from accompanying him on his aircraft within India and abroad. Now that BJP nominee Ram Nath Kovind is President of India, the same rules apply.

Inside Track: Nitish’s choice
Sun, Aug 27, 2017

Singh, a Kurmi from the same region as Nitish, is a retired Uttar Pradesh IAS officer who worked with Nitish both when he was railway minister and later CM. After Singh retired, the JD(U) nominated him twice to the Rajya Sabha.

Inside Track: Personal property?
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

As a formality, the periodical sought permission from the Nehru Memorial Fund, housed in Teen Murti Marg and funded largely by government grants, to reproduce the draft speech to commemorate the 70th year of Independence.

Inside Track: Who’s with whom?
Sun, Aug 13, 2017

In the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, at the end of the day, it was still not quite clear as to who voted for whom.

Inside Track: Unkindest cut
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

The two articulate JD(U) spokespersons in Delhi, K C Tyagi and Pawan Varma, did not take more than a minute to make a complete U-turn in their political arguments once Nitish Kumar announced he was switching from the Mahagathbandhan to the BJP.

Inside Track: Notable omission
Sun, Jul 30, 2017

A noteworthy omission from Pranab Mukherjee's farewell address to Parliament was late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv had sidelined Mukherjee, the senior-most minister in his mother’s Cabinet, suspecting that he had prime ministerial ambitions.

Inside Track: Compromise formula
Sun, Jul 23, 2017

Reports in a section of the media last week that when the Congress organisational elections are held at the end of the year, Sonia Gandhi may continue as president since her health has improved, can be taken with a pinch of salt.

Inside Track: Unprecedented visit
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

An unusual trip, which went unnoticed, was that of Zhaohui’s wife, counsellor Dr Jiang Yili, who flew to Bhutan and called on the royalty there, including the Queen Mother.

Inside Track: Who is the most democratic of them all?
Sun, Jul 09, 2017

Does the BJP really differ from these family-run parties? The answer is both yes and no. Instead of one family, it is the Sangh Parivar which has the final say.

Inside Track: Flying phobia
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Recently, PM Narendra Modi asked Uma Bharti to fly to Tel Aviv as part of the preparations for his trip to Israel on July 4. Bharti suggested to the PMO that the secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources should go in her place.

Inside track: Cleared in two minutes
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

BJP president Amit Shah was convinced of Ram Nath Kovind’s suitability for the post from the beginning. Ram Nath Kovind’s name was not opposed or even debated by anybody at the BJP’s parliamentary board. The motion was proposed by Shah and passed in two minutes.

Inside Track: Wrong number
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

An amused Sitharaman, who later heard about the mix-up, asked Goyal and Pradhan why they had not got back to her. “Because we would have looked like three idiots,’’ was their response.

Inside Track: Prez’s card hunt
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Rashtrapati Bhavan was in a tizzy last week when President Pranab Mukherjee discovered that his Aadhaar card was missing.

Inside Track: Keeping a check
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Even the powerful Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath does not have a completely free hand.

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.