Swapan Dasgupta


Swapan Dasgupta is a senior journalist

RSS must right itself

Judged purely by the lax standards of short-term politics, it was understandable that the Congress would go to town with the “confessions” of Swami Aseemanand, the militant Hindu activist who is being held as a terror suspect. Having been at the receiving end of an effective Opposition onslaught against corruption and Congress

Winds of change

Ever since a thoughtful English friend presented me with a beautiful leather-bound copy for Christmas some five years ago, I have been well and truly hooked to the Schott’s Miscellany Diary produced b

Red fading into green

As someone who visited Kolkata after more than a year, I was struck by a curious phenomenon: the abrupt disappearance of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) from public spaces.

Credibility crisis

On the NDTV programme Tuesday evening which was devoted exclusively to media navel-gazing, my co-panellist Dileep Padgaonkar, a former editor of Times of India, indulged in some nostalgia.

Take ‘N’ out of TINA

November has been a very cruel month for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. It was bad enough that Ashok Chavan had to resign as chief minister of Maharashtra for his complicity in the Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society scandal and an embarrassed party had to remove the by-now infamous Suresh

Jai Lakshmi Ramana

India, you may well say, is on a roll and, naturally, this is bound to rub off on Indians.

Semantics of tolerance

The disease known as “groupthink” has a curious penchant for infecting the media.

Mess management

Mahatma Gandhi is, arguably, the one Indian whose name is likely to have an instant recall anywhere in the world, not least in the countries of the erstwhile British Empire now grouped as the Commonwe

Abetment to azadi

There were many eye-openers for the parliamentary delegation that visited Jammu and Kashmir earlier this week.

Rumblings in Cong

There was a fleeting moment during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s interaction with the media on September 6 when I imagined he was going to use a dreaded C-word in the context of relations with a nei

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.