articles by Suhit K Sen

India

BS Koshyari's overreach threatens federal tenet of strong government-governor relationship

It was not just the fact that Koshyari chose to make an intervention, his manner of doing so was immeasurably crass and was a direct assault on constitutional values

Politics

BJP national reshuffle exposes Bengal fault lines; Mukul Roy, Anupam Hazra get key posts, Rahul Sinha dumped

While no reshuffle of this magnitude can possibly be uncontroversial, some decisions taken with regard to West Bengal certainly look a bit on the quixotic side.

India

Delhi riots: Chargesheet ignores hate speech by Kapil Mishra and others, makes mockery of justice

Commentators, neutral observers, journalists and academics were struck from the very outset by the fact that the anti-CAA protests were ‘non-political’ in the sense that they were not organised or led by political parties

India

Rhea Chakraborty denied bail: It’s not just SSR case, persecution of random citizens could be watershed moment for India

The persecution of Rhea Chakraborty, the actor’s one-time partner, borders on lunacy, if we are to cling to some notions of rationality and humanity

India

Pranab Mukherjee was the last of a particular type of leader created by the Congress

He was as much at home with the nitty-gritty of administrative detail, the key to ministerial success, as he was with the intricate calculations that went into party management

Politics

CWC meeting: Sonia and Rahul should see critical letter as a new beginning for Congress rather than a conspiracy

The Congress has been rocked yet again by a controversy arising from internal differences, this time in the shape of a letter laying out an agenda of organisational reform in the party signed by many senior Congress leaders.

Politics

Raj Bhavan's messaging in Rajasthan and J&K is yet another reminder of gubernatorial overreach in contemporary Indian politics

It is extremely doubtful whether any canon of gubernatorial propriety allows a Governor to say that the chief minister of the state which he ceremonially heads is running a ‘police state’ as Dhankar did early in May this year.

Politics

Congress suddenly remembers PV Narasimha Rao, but fails to join the dots

The former PM's centenary celebrations should be an occasion to reflect on Congress' blind supplication to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty rather than an empty exercise in symbolism

India

Concerted action in wake of Cyclone Amphan, COVID-19 should focus on building strong public infrastructure in Bengal

After Cyclone Amphan battered coastal and deltaic West Bengal on 20 May, the mammoth task of picking up the pieces can justifiably be said to have just begun. It took the Centre some time to react, but after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s aerial survey on 22 May coordination seems to have been established.

India

Coronavirus Lockdown 3.0: Suspension of labour laws by fiat can only be an immediate-term response to the current crisis

There has been talk for some time now about easing labour laws, already seen in industry circles as being too rigid and acting as a drag on growth, specifically to facilitate emerging from the lockdown. And it’s not just a question of emerging from it, there’s also the issue of surviving what looks like being a brutal and prolonged global economic downturn. It was reported on Friday that ordinances were being issued in some states.

India

Coronavirus Lockdown: Congress paying for stranded migrants' return train fare is humanitarianism wrapped in deft politics

The Centre’s decision to charge fares from migrants, which include a surcharge of Rs 50 — one a ‘superfast’ levy of Rs 30 and the additional charge of Rs 20 — has attracted, not surprisingly, condemnation across the board.

India

Before the USCIRF gets trigger-happy in condemning India's treatment of minority communities, it would do well to peek into its own hate-filled backyard

The Union government has done well to dismiss the conclusions of the USCIRF, given the track record of the United States in treating its own minorities

India

Coronavirus outbreak will push a vast section deeper into poverty and hunger; governments must take these steps to ease suffering

Despite the lockdown, state governments or the Union government should make special provisions to ensure that unemployed workers return home, either to be rid of the burden of paying extra for a roof, or to escape shelters and camps where an outbreak of COVID-19 could spread calamitously.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Suspension of MPLADS could hurt local govts at a time when state-Centre synergy is vital

The current debate over the discontinuation of the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) shines a light on the issue of devolution of powers.

India

Coronavirus outbreak has brought to fore the tyranny of Delhi's self-aggrandising resident welfare associations

RWAs have become a form of an arbitrary and tyrannous urban panchayat, though, unlike actual panchayats, they have no powers in law.

Politics

Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP: Congress may point fingers at saffron party, but Madhya Pradesh imbroglio is primarily a self-goal

The conditions under which Scindia has taken this route have been created by the Congress ‘high command’ or whatever passes for it.

Politics

On TMC turf, local issues threaten BJP's prospects in West Bengal civic polls; party’s ‘goli maaro’ sentiment will hurt it politically

Whether a poor showing in the municipal elections will augur a comfortable return to power for the Trinamool Congress is a matter of speculation.

Politics

AAP strolls to win as BJP's polarisation bid fails; voters bucking national trend yet again should make saffron party introspect

The Delhi election throws up several conclusions. For one, it reinforces an electoral trend that has seen voters buck the national trend and vice-versa

Politics

BJP's ambiguity on Anantkumar Hegde exposes its divergence from Mahatma Gandhi's legacy

The ruling party is now caught in a cleft stick. It has show-caused Hegde and asked him to apologise, which he hasn’t done yet. It has been forced to do this because it wants desperately to appropriate Gandhiand his legacy, as all other parties want to do as well. Hegde’s criticism of Gandhi doesn’t sit well with this project.

Politics

Anurag Thakur leading 'goli maaro' chant tests limits of political speech, speaks to malaise of hate in Indian polity

Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur was the offending leader on Monday, raising the chant while campaigning for a BJP candidate in Rithala, Delhi