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Sunday, January 26, 2020

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.

For half a century, Parliament’s Central Hall has been a turf for MPs and scribes to exchange views
Sun, Jan 19, 2020

For over half a century, Central Hall has served as a convenient neutral turf for government and opposition leaders and journalists to informally exchange news and views.

Up and down in 2019: A day can be a long time in politics, the wheel of fortune keeps changing
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

Here are are some key winners and losers at the end of 2019. But who will be at the top in New Year 2021 is anybody’s guess.

Manufacturing Victory
Sun, Jan 05, 2020

An intrepid reporter’s account of how the NaMo effect mesmerised voters across the country.

With ideological differences between Sena and its alliance partner, BJP seeks to embarrass its former ally
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

The wordy skirmish arose after the Sena initially assured the Congress it would vote against CAB and then backtracked.

Inside Track: Unlike the old days, BJP today is extraordinarily cavalier towards allies
Sun, Dec 08, 2019

In the old days, Pramod Mahajan and L K Advani had developed a personal rapport with the Thackeray family and frequently played the role of peacemakers with their demanding partner.

The test of Pawar’s proclaimed innocence is whether Supriya Sule becomes a Central minister within 6 months
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

Pawar was speaking to Ramdas Athawale from the Maharashtra NDA, while Ahmed Patel just a few feet away expressed uncertainty about Maharashtra.

The legacy of the IAS, despite the shine of prestige and authority, has paled over the years
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

The author is a conscientious insider who held senior positions in the government and is the rare civil servant who, during his years in office, occasionally put down his contrarian views in writing, even if these offended the powers that be.

Govt’s decision to convert Parliament House into a museum is not without reason
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

The government’s decision to convert the historic Parliament House, built in 1927, into a museum is not without reason. Signs of ageing of the iconic circular structure have been apparent for some time.

Inside Track: Is NSA Ajit Doval up or down in the Modi-2 regime?
Sun, Oct 27, 2019

At times, when Doval issues instructions to the IB chief or other agency heads, he is informed that they have to first check with Shah. On the other hand, there is physical evidence that Doval’s clout is expanding in other areas.

Speaking out of turn in Congress has become the norm
Sun, Oct 13, 2019

The last time Congress party's Disciplinary Committee took any meaningful action was the revocation of the suspension against Mani Shankar Aiyar over a year ago.

Renaming of Kotla stadium after Arun Jaitley was a hasty show
Sun, Sep 29, 2019

The DDCA only leases the land. After first making the announcement, Sharma had to clarify later that the name of the ground remained unchanged, only the stadium was named after the former president of the DDCA, who was responsible for remodelling and modernising the stadium.

Inside Track: Super fast track
Sun, Sep 15, 2019

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
Sat, Sep 07, 2019

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
Sun, Sep 01, 2019

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
Sun, Aug 25, 2019

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
Sun, Aug 25, 2019

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
Sun, Aug 25, 2019

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
Sun, Aug 18, 2019

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
Sat, Aug 17, 2019

Tracing the tragedy of Sunanda Pushkar’s life

Inside track: BJP leadership seems to have been inspired by Indira Gandhi
Sun, Aug 04, 2019

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.