Coomi Kapoor

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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.


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.

Inside Track: Prashant Kishor’s sway in West Bengal leaves Trinamool Congress veterans restless

The Opposition played into the ruling party's hands by creating ugly scenes in front of the Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, providing the government with an excuse not to have a division on the farm reform Bills.

But the absence from India which has triggered the biggest buzz is not of a politician, but a leading Mumbai industrialist who has been in UK for a while.

Inside Track: Political debut on the cards for Raihan Rajiv Vadra?

No question hour, alternating four-hour sessions daily for the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, and MPs to be spread over seats in both the Houses and the visitors' galleries.

Entry in the premises will be allowed only on production of a COVID-19 negative report, with the test conducted not more than 72 hours before the start of the session.

Letter by 23 leaders was meant to target the coterie surrounding Rahul Gandhi, not Gandhis

This coterie is so empowered that when Sonia Gandhi recently sent the approved names as observers for the Madhya Pradesh bypolls, K C Venugopal did not clear the names for three days.

He said it is a matter of pride for India that the team has entered the finals of the Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Who’s the winner? Ashok Gehlot is looking rattled, Sachin has suffered only notionally

But surely it was up to the two veteran BJP leaders to take the call, or as a courtesy a relative could have been deputed for this historic event.

Since Gehlot retained both the home and finance ministries, he ensured that no funds were released for Pilot's portfolios and that he could not even choose his own staff, let alone ensure a posting in his constituency.

Deluxe living: Priyanka Gandhi moves to penthouse apartment that surpasses most global luxury standards

The problem for Vadra is that the complex is so exclusive, the residents will not take kindly to the obtrusive security detail for Vadra, who enjoys Z-plus security.

Vadra may have lost a prized Lutyens address in the heart of Delhi, but her new residence, which she purchased many years back, does have compensations.

Ashok Gehlot has climbed greasy political pole by cutting to size all who stood in his way, writes Coomi Kapoor

Only an opportunistic Digvijaya Singh and a few lesser known MPs have come forward to chant the familiar slogan "Rahul Lao, Congress Bachao".

Inside Track | Is Cabinet reshuffle on the cards by August?

Some believe that only middle-rank portfolios will be switched since the PM wants certain politicians replaced by domain experts and those with technical know-how.

Salve has impressed Prime Minister Modi after his legal victory on Kulbhushan Jadhav at the International Court of Justice.

Inside Track: Why Congress and NCP are unhappy with Uddhav Thackeray

The CM is seldom to be seen at his office or official residence, and is not available on the phone after 11 pm. He clears files only after the Chief Secretary's approval.

Inside Track: India’s belated response to Chinese build-up along the LAC

The excuse cited for a probable delay in summoning Parliament is that the 24 parliamentary standing committees must first meet and submit their reports.

Inside Track: Power equations are changing

When Mishra (PKM) took over from Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to the PM, it was assumed that he would automatically wield the most clout in Modi's secretariat.

Inside Track: Why Mamata Banerjee is wary of Prashant Kishor’s alleged BJP links

It is unclear whether Kishor will stay on in the state. Some Trinamool leaders and an advertising agency owner perceive him as a threat.

Prashant Kishor, Mamata Banerjee, TMC, Bengal election, coronavirus

Inside Track: Amid COVID-19 crisis, steps seem afoot to ensure Rahul Gandhi returns as Congress president

The impression was reinforced when Rajnath Singh, and not Shah, was appointed last month to head the 15- member high-power ministerial committee coordinating with states on ensuring movement of essential supplies during the l

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