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Coomi Kapoor

Articles By Coomi Kapoor

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Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Why former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh met Amit Shah & NSA Ajit Doval in Delhi

Since 1971, parliamentary constituencies have been frozen regardless of huge disparities in population. If delimitation takes place in 2026 on the basis of the 2021 Census, it will open a Pandora’s box.

The government’s calculation, on the basis of which the figure has been provided, is on the assumption that the numbers of parliamentary constituencies will increase dramatically once the freeze on inter-state delimitation of seats is lifted in 2026.

Common foe: Arun Jaitley had once warned Amarinder Singh that Sidhu would undermine him, writes Coomi Kapoor

It came as a shock to other BJP-ruled states that Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, along with his entire Cabinet, was replaced a fortnight ago with a first-time MLA, Bhupendra Patel.

Common foe: Arun Jaitley had once warned Amarinder Singh that Sidhu would undermine him, writes Coomi Kapoor

Ides of March: Challenge 2022, before 2024, for PM Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath

However, even in his own party some are wary of an Adityanath victory, criticising him for his over-the-top campaign displaying his photograph along with the Prime Minister on billboards in the Capital.

PM Narendra Modi

Narayan Rane vs Uddhav Thackeray: A case of the pot calling the kettle black, writes Coomi Kapoor

The Indian government is said to be completely out of the loop in Afghanistan, with Pakistan trying to ensure that there is no rapprochement with the Taliban.

Although the Kabul airport is guarded on all sides by the Taliban, the Indian government managed to sneak in batches of evacuees seeking shelter in India.

Inside Track: Kapil Sibal’s dinner was more popular among Opposition leaders than Rahul Gandhi’s breakfast meet, writes Coomi Kapoor

Rahul Gandhi’s breakfast meeting recently with Opposition MPs to build up a national narrative against the Modi government was not as successful as the Congress tried to project.

Despite the help of the CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, political parties like the BSP and AAP stayed away. Some others, such as the NCP, TMC and SP sent their B-team.

Navjot Singh Sidhu vs Amarinder Singh: The new steel in the Congress spine is reportedly courtesy Prashant Kishor

Though Kishor was originally Amarinder's appointee, he nevertheless warned the Gandhis that despite the CM's stature, Sidhu was gaining traction with the public by raising popular issues.

Though Kishor was originally Amarinder's appointee, he nevertheless warned the Gandhis that despite the CM's stature, Sidhu was gaining traction with the public by raising popular issues.

Real agenda behind Prashant Kishor’s meeting with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, writes Coomi Kapoor

There is a preponderance of SCs and OBCs among the new ministers and only one Brahmin, though the caste is far more influential than its numbers.

The last-minute changes in the inductees from Uttar Pradesh were reportedly under the influence of Yogi Adityanath, who cited the BJP’s encouraging performance in the recent elections for chairpersons of state zila panchayats.

Inside Track: PM Modi’s Cabinet expansion a chance for Shiv Sena to ditch the shaky MVA govt in Maharashtra?

A united opposition could possibly pose a threat to the ruling party since the BJP's presidential vote tally has fallen after losing several state Assembly elections.

The Manch meet was to revitalise anti-government forces and bring them together on a common platform.

Inside Track: Sharad Pawar’s meeting with Prashant Kishor and the plan to counter BJP & Congress in next polls

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, reportedly prodded by daughter Supriya Sule, had a three-hour-long meeting with Prashant Kishor.

Prashant Kishor

Inside Track: Story behind Rahul Gandhi unfollowing 50 people on Twitter, writes Coomi Kapoor

But, PTR also tends to shoot off his mouth. He ruffled feathers in the establishment recently by describing celebrity yoga guru Jaggi Vasudev as a “publicity hound” and compounded it by later quoting an audit report sugge

Tamil Nadu’s new Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan

Nuanced, but timely: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says need for collective action rather than individual leadership

By referring to RSS founder K B Hedgewar’s heroic role during the plague epidemic, Bhagwat hinted that the BJP had been found inadequate in public service during the pandemic — a point also made by RSS Delhi state executi

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat

Trauma and heartbreak: Delhi’s darkest days, writes Coomi Kapoor

The continuous wail of ambulance sirens throughout the night, WhatsApp groups and social media flooded with desperate pleas for help in getting a hospital bed, oxygen cylinders, remdesivir, plasma et al.

A regular flow of obituaries in the newspapers reminding us that many of yesteryear’s newsmakers were also victims.

Inside Track: Amit Shah and his ‘wry sense of humour’

And when Shah finally got the ticket in 2019, he conclusively demonstrated that he was certainly not politically irrelevant.

Shah was clearly referring to the fact that six times he ignored his own political aspirations so that L K Advani could stand from Gandhinagar.

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Rahul Gandhi’s trusted lieutenants

The Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance accuses Devendra Fadnavis of using Param Bir Singh, who was promoted out of turn as Thane police commissioner when Fadnavis was the Chief Minister, to de-stabilise the state government.

Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh (File image)

Behind the Tata-Mistry feud, the crossed wires of history

When Cyrus took over, he was the first Tata Sons chairperson in the group’s history not to be made chairperson of the Sir Dorab Tata Trust. Ratan Tata retained his position as chairperson of the two major trusts.

Club Class: VK Sasikala’s announcement to quit politics came as a rude shock to her nephew TTV Dhinakaran

V K Sasikala's announcement to quit politics immediately after her release from prison came as a rude shock to her nephew TTV Dhinakaran.

Most assumed that Sasikala at 66, with nearly two dozen pending criminal cases against her, had lost her appetite for a fight, and wanted a peaceful retirement, especially when the BJP had put its weight behind Chief Minister E Palanisamy.

Vaccine wastage? The supply far outstripped actual vaccinations

If the procedure for inducting private players for the vaccine drive is not worked out smoothly and speedily, a large number of vaccine dosages could end up being wasted.

A large proportion of those on the computerised list of prioritised beneficiaries did not show up to take the jabs.

Inside Track: Do you know who shaped Modi’s vision for AtmaNirbhar Bharat campaign?

Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian has a Phd in economics from Chicago University, with Raghuram Rajan as his doctorate supervisor.

Prime Minister Modi once observed that "hard work is more powerful than Harvard'', in response to Harvard professor Amartya Sen's rubbishing the government's demonetisation drive.

Shrinking space: Central Hall is out of bounds for all except sitting members

Not renewing Lok Sabha passes for accredited journalists in the Long and Distinguished category seems part of a larger pattern for shrinking the media space.

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Inside Track: Behind instantaneous clearance of Bharat Biotech’s corona vaccine

Earlier, the minutes of the expert committee meeting reveal that Bharat Biotech was asked to first submit additional research data as the company had not completed its Phase III trials.

It is unclear who was responsible for influencing the expert committee on vaccine approval to grant immediate clearance to Covaxin on January 2.

Inside Track: Modi’s challenge in 2021 will be to revive an economy which has slipped into deep recession

The economy may have hit an all-time low and unemployment and inflation a new high, but Modi, with his hirsute sanyasi-like looks and his air of calm assurance, exudes confidence and reassurance in these difficult times.

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Haryana CM and his deputy could well end up as casualties of farmers’ agitation

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy Dushyant Chautala could well end up as casualties of the farmers' agitation.

Inside Track: Of new VVIP Air India One aircraft and Kisan brigade

Kovind was keen to try out the aircraft dedicated for the exclusive use of the President, Prime Minister and Vice President, and went on the inaugural flight.

Its plush interiors with conference rooms and suites are reportedly on a par with the US President's Air Force One.

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Curious delay in finalising CAA rules

The BJP's political opponents fear that the government wants to bring out the rules during the West Bengal election campaign to polarise the atmosphere. Another reason for dragging feet on a follow-up could be concerns over a

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Bangladesh on its 50th anniversary in March next year and would not want to sour the atmosphere before his trip.

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Family kept away from campaign in Bihar election

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was rattled by the hostile reception on his campaign trail. Nitish made matters worse by generally keeping his distance from journalists, while both Tejashwi Yadav and Chirag Paswan went out

On Thursday, Nitish criticised those making inflammatory speeches on the CAA.

Inside Track: Why BJP-JDU changed their on-ground poll strategy in Bihar

Several BJP state leaders grumble privately that by constantly playing second fiddle to Nitish, Modi has taken the BJP nowhere.

The decision to permit Chirag Paswan to cut into JD(U) votes was not merely to clip Nitish Kumar's wings but also to target deputy CM Sushil Modi.

Inside Track by Coomi Kapoor: Dangerous liaisons in Bihar, tragic deaths in Modi Cabinet

The first hint of the BJP's ambitions to be senior party in the alliance with Nitish Kumar was at a virtual conference a fortnight back when general secretary Bhupendra Yadav observed that the BJP invariably played second fid

Nitish compelled the BJP to announce his name as the CM candidate, but he cannot force the LJP not to carry posters of the late Ram Vilas Paswan with Modi.
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