Coomi Kapoor

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Inside Track: Even some of Modi’s bitter political critics have appreciated swift measures in COVID19 fight

Even some of Modi’s bitter political critics have appreciated the swift measures he put in place against coronavirus and the economic bailout package.

Narendra Modi’s response to the COVID-19 threat was faster and bolder than both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s and US President Donald Trump’s. News

Inside Track: Scindia Story

The longstanding family feud is not about different political ideologies but over the inheritance of the vast Scindia estate.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, BJP, Vasundhara Raje, Supriya Sule, Rahul Gandhi, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raj Thackeray, Meira Kumar News

Inside Track | Donald Trump’s India visit and his differences between old-school bureaucrats in Washington

It seems there are differences on US-India policy between the old-school bureaucrats in Washington and the recent Trump appointees, including his own family members.

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Post Delhi polls, Prashant Kishor keen to take centrestage

Kishor, who is from Bihar, wants to create a viable opposition political alliance for the Assembly polls later this year.

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Central hall out? Parliament restructure plan has set alarm bells ringing

Through most of the year, Parliament’s Central Hall is a meeting place for MPs, past and present, and senior journalists to exchange notes over coffee, tea and snacks, between attending sessions in the House.

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Here are some key winners and losers at the end of 2019

Narendra Modi and Amit Shah were riding quite high in January 2019. But the general elections loomed large and the naysayers warned of the unbeatable arithmetic of a Samajwadi Party-BSP combine in Uttar Pradesh and the handic

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After CAA, BJP plans to embarrass Shiv Sena further — Here’s how

The wordy skirmish arose after the Sena initially assured the Congress it would vote against CAB and then backtracked.

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Inside track: From how Naresh Gujaral did not get postive respose to Sanjay Raut’s political journey

Thanks to the BJP’s hubris, there was no one in the party, except possibly Nitin Gadkari, who could have acted as an intermediary when the Shiv Sena was parting company.

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Inside Track: From Maharashtra politics to Rakesh Asthana still in favour

Most intriguing of all was the fact that Amit Shah’s camp seemed uncharacteristically comatose and benevolent about losing the most cash-rich state in India.

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Is NSA Ajit Doval up or down in Modi-2 regime? Read this to know

There are even three deputy NSAs and the building entrance has got a facelift. Most importantly, the rules of business were re-framed this month so that the NSC can generate Cabinet notes and act like a full government depart

At times, when Doval issues instructions to the IB chief or other agency heads, he is informed that they have to first check with Shah. (File photo) News

Congress leaders are speaking out of turn, where is discipline panel?

The average age of the committee, chaired by A K Antony is 82. The three-member panel consists of Antony,78, Motilal Vora, 90, and Sushil Kumar Shinde, 78.

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Howdy, Modi! Why Madison Square mastermind Ram Madhav missed action

On September 12, more than a month after the Bill was passed, the government brought out a three-page corrigendum to correct 52 typos, spellings and grammatical errors in the Act.

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PK Mishra — the man who knows what Modi desires

Misra, on the other hand, was unknown to Modi when he joined the PMO in 2014, and was chosen because of his familiarity with the Capital’s power structure, since Modi was new to Delhi.

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Amit Shah’s new role: He is now in-charge of Jammu and Kashmir

As home minister, he is now in charge of the police force in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Arun Jaitley: The politician who won hearts across all divides

From abiding friendships with many fierce rivals in politics to pals and protégés in court and Cabinet, Jaitley won hearts across all divides.

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Chidambaram’s arrest: History has shown vendetta politics seldom works

Chidambaram refused to indulge in theatrics or even mention Home Minister Amit Shah’s name. Many see parallels with both Emergency and post-Emergency arrests.

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Article 370: What PMO advised and how Amit Shah moved

Abolition of Article 370 was on the government’s agenda, but it was at Amit Shah’s insistence that it was pushed through in the Budget Session itself.

Shah was confident of securing a majority in the Rajya Sabha for the Bill (PTI Photo) News

Taxing super-rich was a political decision, Sitharaman may be merely a scapegoat

It is believed that the BJP top leadership pushed for the richest Indians to be taxed higher, even though finance ministry officials fought against the proposal, pointing out that this would send wrong signals to the business

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‘Congress’ heads BJP – an embarrassing secret from Swatantra Dev Singh’s past

If it is a bit confusing that the former ‘Congress Singh’ now heads the BJP in UP, it is also true that descendants of most of the old Congress families in the state are now in the BJP.

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Amit Shah eyes defections to shore up BJP numbers in Rajya Sabha

The Capital’s journalists find it tough to get exclusive news breaks, since the usual sources are increasingly fearful of being seen talking to journalists.

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Rahul Gandhi or Motilal Vora: Who is in-charge of Congress?

The 90-year-old Vora has a new spring in his step as he modestly accepts congratulations, though he admits that he has not received any formal intimation of his new role.

Rahul Gandhi has resigned as president of Congress party (AP Photo) News

PM Modi must caution BJP politicians who throw their weight around

Last week, on Delhi’s Humayun Road, a speeding SUV with an MP sticker displayed on the windshield and a VIP number plate banged into a stationary car at the red light.

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Hobson’s choice: With Rahul Gandhi firm on quitting as president, Congress is left with a few options

The old guard is pushing three names for president — Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot and Sushil Kumar Shinde — since they are considered loyalists and have the requisite experience.

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Inside track: Is Modi silently changing the guard in Rajasthan BJP?

Modi does not go by the traditional logic of job suitability. More than language skills and parliamentary experience, Birla was rewarded for outstanding social work and public service in his constituency.

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Rahul Gandhi disappears again leaving Congress shell-shocked

Rahul Gandhi has reportedly gone abroad and is not planning to return till June 19 when the swearing in of the new MPs is complete.

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Game of number two in Modi 2.0: Rajnath or Amit Shah, Doval or Jaishankar

Pecking order Rajnath Singh was belatedly included in additional Cabinet committees after the normally pliable minister made known his unhappiness. Though Singh may be officially No. 2 in Cabinet hierarchy, few dispute that A

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Advani syndrome: Will Amit Shah be Modi’s eventual successor?

Ever since the poll results, Shah has continuously been by Modi’s side, whether in Delhi, Varanasi or Ahmedabad. Before the swearing-in, the PM and Shah spent marathon sessions confabulating over the names for the Cabinet.

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