Santwana Bhattacharya

Why NOTA will matter a great deal for Ahmed Patel

Apex court refuses Cong plea and allows use of no-vote option for 3 Guj RS seats

04 Aug 2017

The Elders can party too!

The Opposition is in a shambles. Their erasure from a number of state legislatures will soon show up starkly in the Upper House

03 Aug 2017

With firebrands gone, Rajya Sabha likely to see fewer fireworks

The Upper House will see some drastic changes in the next session. BSP supremo Mayawati, a sharp speaker, has resigned her seat.

02 Aug 2017

Twists and turns of ‘CM-portability’ set the House abuzz

As Nitish Kumar got a sworn-in as the chief minister with BJP support in less than 24 hours after he resigned, he earned the sobriquet ‘CM-portability’.

28 Jul 2017

Ahmed Patel, Yechury and the RS seat trouble

A third term denied to Yechury also means that the Congress may be pushed into an alliance with TMC, a tactical blunder in many ways than one for Bengal CPI-M.

27 Jul 2017

Nehru out, Deendayal in: Kovind nips and tucks the new pantheon

The black limousine, the mile-long cavalcade and the Thoroughbred horses supplied the pomp as the 13th President of India stepped down to usher in the 14th.

26 Jul 2017

Amit Shah, the man behind the ex-Bihar governor’s march to Rashtrapati Bhawan

The BJP chief was the one who garnered support for Kovind, beyond the NDA votes.

21 Jul 2017

Rahul to be made Congress chief soon?

Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan on a visit to the old haunt, reeled out Rahul’s contribution in nurturing young leaders.

20 Jul 2017

Parliament Diary: Venkaiah gets teary-eyed, Maya breathes fire

Certain of a win, Naidu promised to work for democratic principles; Gandhi said his contest was a common citizen’s response to the current political climate.

18 Jul 2017

Parliament Diary: How do you tell the PM he’s early, so please wait?

The PM reached a little before time, and to ease the nerves of the polling staff, he joked away their embarrassment at having to ask him to wait.

17 Jul 2017

It’s Meira vs Kovind in the race to Raisina Hills

Seventeen Opposition parties decide to pit renowned Dalit leader Babu Jagjivan Ram’s daughter to take on NDA’s nominee

17 Jul 2017

Insider Out

The terror strike on Amaranth pilgrims was dastardly, but it brought about a change in the atmospherics of the Kashmir Valley.

15 Jul 2017

Decoding the inscrutable Mr Kumar

Nitish is in a bind. The Bihar CM can’t sack his deputy and turn him into a hero. And he can’t gravitate to the BJP without a strong reason

14 Jul 2017

After series of goof-ups in public glare, Congress’ media department shake-up an expected move

But the ‘yes-no-very well’ fiasco over Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Chinese envoy Lau Zhaohui amid the tri-junction standoff brought the internal contradictions of the party, out in the open.

14 Jul 2017


Basirhat has turned into a communal tinderbox and the Darjeeling hills are on fire with the Gorkhas up in arms

10 Jul 2017