Coomi Kapoor

Articles By Coomi Kapoor

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End of an era: 1923-2018 – Between The Lines: Fearless Kuldip Nayar, journalism’s conscience

Kuldip Nayar wore so many hats in his eventful life that the tired old cliché, ‘a doyen of Indian journalism’, does not really fit.

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Inside Track: From ‘Spy’ Chandraswami to keeping fit with former Vice-President Hamid Ansari

Political hustler and influential guru Chandraswami, who helped bring down the Morarji Desai government and was accused of trying to tarnish VP Singh’s reputation by faking documents from a St Kitts bank, was also a ‘CIA

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RIP Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A statesman who soft spoke his mind

Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s liberal admirers sometimes described him as the right man in the wrong party. His critics called him a “mukhauta”, a mask which hid his party’s harsh uncompromising Hindutva agenda.

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Inside Track: From Tamil Nadu Government not granting permission to bury M Karunanidhi at Marina beach to Sushma Swaraj creating stir in BJP Parliamentary Party meeting

Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam disagreed on the issue of granting permission to bury DMK leader M Karunanidhi at Marina beach.

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Inside Track: From Mamata Banerjee’s nephew’s birthday to Modi’s media rules

Mamata Banerjee’s parliamentary brigade had flown to Kolkata to attend the birthday party of five-year-old Azaana Banerjee, daughter of Mamata’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee.

Inside Track: From Rahul Gandhi’s hug to Congress-BSP alliance in Maharashtra, All you need to know

A section of the Congress is furious that a veteran like Kamal Nath should have publicly displayed his eagerness to tie up with Mayawati’s BSP in Madhya Pradesh.

Inside Track: From Lord Alexander Carlile reaching Delhi to Kumaraswamy’s emotional outburst at Hubli

HD Kumaraswamy’s emotional outburst at Hubli, pulling out his red handkerchief and wiping tears saying he felt he was being poisoned, has Congresspersons seeing red. Kumaraswamy has inherited from his father Deve Gowda the

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Inside track: From Prashant Kishor, Mahagathbandhan to Ambani family and Rahul Gandhi

Campaign strategist Prashant Kishor seems to have travelled full circle. He took credit for Narendra Modi’s success in the 2014 general election and Nitish Kumar’s victory in Bihar in 2015. However, he had to eat humble

Inside Track: From Sushma Swaraj to the appointment of Supreme Court judges

Most in the BJP have chosen to ignore the fact that Sushma Swaraj was recently trolled by virulent Hindutva-BJP sympathisers. Their hands-off attitude is reflective of the division in the BJP high command.

Inside Track: Not So Tweet

Sushma Swaraj was crudely and unfairly trolled by the Hindutva brigade because a Lucknow passport officer was summarily transferred on the basis of a tweet that he humiliated a Hindu-Muslim couple.

Inside Track: From Varun Gandhi’s hitting out at Jairam Ramesh to Mamata Banerjee’s meeting with Ahmed Patel

Normally Rahul Gandhi celebrates his birthday abroad, disappointing his party workers keen to pay homage. But this week on June 19 Rahul remained in Delhi to celebrate his 48th birthday.

Inside Track

The Gandhi family wants Narendra Modi to be defeated in 2019 at all costs. The Congress war room is working on a strategy that an anti-BJP alliance should field joint candidates for 403 seats in 15 states in the next election

Inside Track: Modi-Shah duo planning to roll back diktat that people over 75 have no place in politics

The Modi-Shah duo is planning to roll back its diktat that people over 75 have no place in politics. The party high command wants to guard against dissidence from disgruntled seniors.

Inside Track: Coomi Kapoor

While HD Kumaraswamy was in Delhi handing out bouquets to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, his 85-year-old father Deve Gowda was photographed speaking to the Karnataka chief secretary and police commissioner at his Bengaluru re

While HD Kumaraswamy was in Delhi handing out bouquets to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, his 85-year-old father Deve Gowda was photographed speaking to the Karnataka chief secretary and police commissioner at his Bengaluru residence.

Inside track: From speed with which JD(S)-Congress stepped in to stake claim to form Karnataka government to Congress performance a blow to Rahul Gandhi

The speed with which the JD(S)-Congress stepped in to stake claim to form the Karnataka government is thanks partly to Sitaram Yechury and Mamata Banerjee, who gave the Congress a push, but largely to HD Kumaraswamy.

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Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has been nicknamed ‘Neendha Ramiah’ by his adversaries, who accuse him of being sleepy and a non-performer.

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Inside track: From CAATS Act signed by US President Donald Trump worrying India to Laxman Singh tweet surprising Congress state unit

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act signed by US President Donald Trump this year has worried the Indian government.


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Many Congresspersons are unhappy with the party decision to back the motion for impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. They feel Rahul Gandhi was unduly influenced by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, whom he

They feel Rahul Gandhi was unduly influenced by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury, whom he sometimes addresses as “chief’’.

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There is a notice on the front door of Arun Jaitley’s residence at 2, Krishna Menon Marg: ‘No Visitors Allowed’. This has triggered off the rumour that the finance minister’s health is serious and he is kept in total

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Inside Track: From dousing Jeevan Jyotis to speculation of SM Krishna joining Congress

Rahul Gandhi and SM Krishna met at the Bengaluru airport last week and chatted cordially for a few minutes, leading to speculation that Krishna might be rejoining the Congress.

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Inside Track: From Smriti Irani blaming Frank Noronha to JDU leader KC Tyagi’s son’s new-found media attention

Smriti Irani blames the retiring chief of the PIB Frank Noronha, and two senior broadcast journalists for her humiliation in having to back down over the draconian guidelines on media accreditation, which had the entire journ

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Inside Track: From Sri Lankan minister keen to visit Lingaraja temple in Odisha to Mamata Banerjee’s recent visit in national capital

Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Buddha Sasana, Sri Lanka, who was in India last month, was keen to visit the famous Lingaraja temple in Odisha.

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Inside Track: From Amita Shah’s Parliament appearance to Mayawati’s UP fight

In Phulpur and Gorakhpur, it needs to analyse not just who came to vote, but who did not. In Gorakhpur city, Yogi Adityanath’s pocket borough, the turnout was a mere 37%.

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Inside track: From Naresh Chandra Agrawal’s joining BJP to nomination of second Congress candidate for Rajya Sabha

Weathercock legislator Naresh Chandra Agrawal’s timing has usually been impeccable.

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Inside Track: From glimpses of Karti Chidambaram’s clout to equations in AIADMK power struggle

With the CBI having arrested Karti Chidambaram in the INX media case, other instances of Karti’s alleged clout in the Manmohan Singh regime are being talked about.

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Inside Track: From no help from BSP to unhappiness of Gujarat minister Purshottam Solanki

The Congress is not as elated by its win in the two by-elections in Madhya Pradesh, as it was over the Rajasthan wins.

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