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.

Articles By Coomi Kapoor

Inside Track: Ides of Jan

Uddhav is playing hardball and insists that if there is to be an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls, an agreement should first be reached for the Assembly.

Inside track: Dress up

Manmohan Singh comes from a humble background and temperamentally felt more comfortable in a secure government job than a temporary position in power.

Inside Track: Flying Baraat

The three oath-taking ceremonies, in Bhopal, Jaipur and Raipur, were all held on the same day, and Rahul Gandhi took a jumbo party of a few senior Congresspersons and leaders of various alliance partners to each venue.

Inside track: It is Behenji who will decide what form the alliance takes with Congress

The Congress believes that the BSP leader will eventually climb down under public pressure for a united front.

Inside Track: Modi monitors

The Government of India’s calendar for next year is almost ready with photographs of Prime Minister Modi highlighting major social welfare schemes in the country.

Inside Track: Elders Rout(e)

There is speculation whether the BJP Margdarshak Mandal members, L K Advani, 91, Murli Manohar Joshi, 84, Shanta Kumar, 84, and Kalraj Mishra, 77, will contest.

Inside track: Tower of babble

The Congress’s social media in-charge Divya Spandana had responded to a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi standing next to the mammoth statue of Sardar Vallabhai Patel with the remark, “Is that bird dropping?’’

Inside Track: Hunk’s Bunk

The title of Khan’s book is The Big Mistakes of My Life. But the real mistake Khan seems to have made is the timing of the book’s release.

Inside Track: Ensuring a view of Mr Modi

Maneka Gandhi’s frontal and public Twitter attack on Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, over the killing of man-eater tigress Avni in Yavatmal, has angered some high-ups in the BJP.

Inside Track: CBI’s RAW deal

The R&AW angle proved to be the last straw. Earlier the government, though extremely unhappy with Verma, planned to let him complete his two-year tenure, as stipulated by the apex court.

Inside Track: Who’s with whom in this battle?

If the CBI is on the boil, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), where Director Karnal Singh’s term has just ended, is simmering.

Stars on the campaign ground

A humorous, informed account of Bollywood celebrities who hit the electoral canvas, for better or worse

Replacement Hunt

The government is searching for a reliable replacement for CBI chief Alok Verma, who retires in January next year.

Inside Track: Rajput raj

The propaganda that the BJP is no longer concerned about Brahmin interests has been reinforced by the lack of representation of the community in key slots in the party and government.

Inside Track: Brawn, not brain

The blunt announcement had undiplomatic phrases and even an inaccuracy. (It claimed that Imran Khan had been in office for a ‘few months’, when it had only been a month since he took over.)

Inside track: The Nehru Memorial Museum fight

NMML Director Shakti Sinha wants to convert the Teen Murti complex into a museum for all former prime ministers, not simply Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Inside Track: Sangh song

Yet another explanation is that Bhagwat is simply keen to establish that the RSS has evolved and should not be penalised by future non-BJP governments. It should also be in a position to attract a younger generation with a more liberal mindset.

Inside Track: Party before govt?

There are enough straws in the wind to indicate that former BJP president and Union minister Nitin Gadkari is feeling the chill even though, officially, both pro and anti camps deny rumours.

Inside Track: Vanishing line

The BJP high command and the PMO have been pressing the chief ministers of BJP- ruled states to furnish statistics of the beneficiaries of different Central and state government schemes at the state, district, block and village level.

Inside track: The ‘outsider’

Manipur's Governor Najma Heptulla, who is unlikely to clear the Bill in a hurry, rushed to Delhi last week to apprise Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the situation. The state government has reportedly buckled under pressure from the dominant Meitei community.