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.
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.
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.
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.
N M Ghatate, a lawyer and close friend of Atal Bihari Vajpayee since 1957 who visited him regularly, is positive that Vajpayee never described Indira Gandhi as ‘Durga’ after the Bangladesh War.
Kuldip Nayar was much more than just a newsperson. He was an author of many bestsellers, champion for civil liberties and freedom of speech, an untiring activist for peace between India and Pakistan and conscience keeper of the nation.
India, says the book, was the playground of games between the CIA and KGB for decades.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee dead: People close to Atalji, as he was called by those who knew him well, say the defining characteristics of the man was his humanism, humour, his love for poetry, food and music. And, above all, his pragmatism.
EPS wanted to take a tough stand against the DMK to demonstrate to his followers that he is not being pushed around by OPS, who is now soft on rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran
Had the man, who was Indira Gandhi’s Man Friday for over a decade, really opened up about his pivotal role in government and politics of the Seventies and Eighties, it would have been an explosive tell-all.
The birthday, incidentally, was celebrated at P C Chandra Garden, a venue so large it is normally used for hosting marriage receptions and major events.
Curiously, those who protest self-righteously against being associated with gender-based journalist organisations have no qualms about being active members and even office-bearers of various other media bodies, in which membership is also restricted.
The photo of Rahul Gandhi’s forced hug of a stiff and stunned Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament could become part of the Congress’s campaign for 2019.
MEA instructed the Indian High Commission in London to not issue him a visa. But by the time New Delhi contacted London, an e-business visa had been granted.
Kishor took credit for Narendra Modi’s success in the 2014 general election and Nitish Kumar’s victory in Bihar in 2015. However, he had to eat humble pie when the Congress was routed by its worst margin ever in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
Clearly, Sushma Swaraj is not on the same side as the majority in the party, who feel she tweets for personal PR and not for the party.
Sushma Swaraj was crudely and unfairly trolled by the Hindutva brigade because a Lucknow passport officer was summarily transferred on the basis of a tweet that he humiliated a Hindu-Muslim couple.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is a seasoned political player. Her recent meeting with Congress leader Ahmed Patel is seen as an attempt to compensate for not attending Rahul Gandhi’s iftar.
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The Congress war room is working on a strategy that an anti-BJP alliance should field joint candidates for 403 seats in 15 states in the next parliamentary elections.
Both Shatrughan Sinha and Yashwant Sinha have for all practical purposes left the party. If the elderly are back in the BJP, it may face a disadvantage in presenting a youthful presence.