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: Super fast track

Apart from the concerned secretary from the IFS, Sanjay Kothari, the President’s Secretary, and E L S N Bala Prasad, the President’s Special Secretary, went with him.

Keep Calm and Humour On

The hoi polloi he dubs as the “masoor paavs”, those who gobble their masoor dal with smelly cut onions and suck the marrow from bones using their hands, rather than an elegant marrow spoon.

As Home Minister, Amit Shah is now in charge of the police force in Jammu and Kashmir

At Arun Jaitley’s funeral at Delhi’s Nigambodh Ghat, the VVIPs, whether chief ministers or Central ministers, did not try to pull rank but mingled freely with other mourners.

A man of open heart and mind, Arun Jaitley had friends across divide

Jaitley was dogged by ill health soon after he took oath in 2014. He fought his health issues with fortitude and courage and never let the world know of the many medical setbacks he faced.

Arun Jaitley hoped to pull through till end

An acute diabetic for long, he had a heart bypass two decades back. In September 2014, in the first Modi government, the BJP leader was advised a bariatric operation to reduce his weight and help control his diabetes.

It was a major social faux pas at the President’s At Home at Rashtrapati Bhavan on I-Day

President Ram Nath Kovind left his own party before the guests could even partake a morsel. That the President was leaving was amply clear since the military band played the national anthem, which is done only after the event winds up.

Inside Track: Savarkar No RSS Fan

During the famine of the 1950s, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar advocated that vegetarians should take to eating fish and eggs. The radical reformist Savarkar and RSS chief M S Golwalkar never really got along.

Happily Never After

Tracing the tragedy of Sunanda Pushkar’s life

Inside track: BJP leadership seems to have been inspired by Indira Gandhi

The leadership seems to have been inspired by Indira Gandhi, who, half a century ago, enforced bank nationalisation and abolished privy purses to demonstrate to the poor that the government would not spare the rich.

‘Congress’ heads BJP – an embarrassing secret from Swatantra Dev Singh’s past

Descendants of most of the old Congress families in UP are now in the BJP

Amit Shah has mounted an ambitious gameplan to trigger enough defections in Rajya Sabha by year-end

The BJP is focused on Uttar Pradesh since any MP who resigns will automatically be re-elected to the Upper House on a BJP ticket with the help of its large numbers in the state Assembly. Two BSP MPs and two SP MPs have been earmarked as potential targets.

With Rahul Gandhi’s resignation, there is a big question mark over who is in charge of the Congress

The president’s resignation is effective only after it is accepted by the Congress Working Committee (CWC). But no one is sure who has the authority to call a CWC meeting.

PM Modi should caution all BJP politicians who assume they have the licence to throw their weight around

Swaran Singh was Defence Minister and he banged his car into a man driving a scooter. The next day Singh sent a member of his staff to their house and asked if they would like to register a police complaint against him since he was driving the car.

Inside Track: Rahul Gandhi’s decision to quit has left Congress in limbo

The old guard is pushing three names for president — Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot and Sushil Kumar Shinde — since they are considered loyalists and have the requisite experience. Kharge’s performance as the party's leader in the previous Lok Sabha gives him an edge, particularly as he is from the south.

It is unlikely that Emergency will return, but eternal vigilance is the price for freedom

Authoritarianism does not necessarily come about like Indira Gandhi’s Emergency in one fell swoop. Dictatorships sometimes creep in slowly and insidiously without any official declaration. The health of a democracy is judged by several parameters.

Inside Track: Modi’s choices

Modi does not go by the traditional logic of job suitability. More than language skills and parliamentary experience, Om Birla was rewarded for outstanding social work and public service in his constituency.

Without a clear cut central authority, open warfare has broken out in some state units of Congress

There is near anarchy in Haryana with followers of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda and PCC chief Ashok Tanwar practically coming to blows.

Inside Track: Pecking order

Though Singh may be officially No. 2 in Cabinet hierarchy, few dispute that Amit Shah ranks next only to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in real terms.

Inside Track: Advani syndrome

Shah wants to be perceived as not just a wizard organisation man, but as Modi’s eventual successor. This is similar to the L K Advani syndrome, where for years Advani was the backroom boy and Atal Bihari Vajpayee the face of the BJP.

New look Cabinet: Some familiar faces in Modi Cabinet might be missing in his second innings

Incidentally, the only three Cabinet ministers on the dais when Narendra Modi was felicitated at the BJP office were Rajnath Singh, J P Nadda and Thawarchand Gehlot.