Chitrabhanu Kadalayil
Chitrabhanu Kadalayil
Deputy Comment Editor


Trinamool Congress Party supporters celebrate their party's election results in Kolkata on Tuesday. EPA
Whatever happens in India's election, change is coming

Narendra Modi's BJP, while still a force to be reckoned with, will be a diminished one

June 04, 2024, 3:00 PM
A woman displays the indelible ink mark on her finger after voting in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on Monday. India's ruling BJP party, instead of making the election a referendum on its own performance over the past decade, it is attempting to shift the focus to the opposition. AP
Is the BJP's 'Mission 400' seat target mission impossible?

With the race having passed the halfway mark, some analysts are now asking not what the ruling party's margin of victory will be but whether it will win at all

May 15, 2024, 2:26 PM
In some areas, the BJP has been forced to diversify its agenda, even at the risk of diluting its Hindutva ideology, particularly in the southern states and territories where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been campaigning strenuously to improve on the party's 2019 performance. EPA
Can Modi's BJP become a truly pan-India party?

How the movement manages its many competing interests will determine the success or failure of the party’s expansionary project

April 18, 2024, 2:00 PM
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal, delivers a speech at a meeting of the opposition alliance, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, fourth from left, in Bengaluru, India, before next year's general election. EPA
Is the writing already on the wall for India's opposition?

The 28-party INDIA alliance has interesting ideas but it lacks a coherent message to take on the governing BJP in the 2024 election

December 18, 2023, 2:00 PM
Indian security personnel and Delhi police check people and vehicles heading towards the Parliament House in New Delhi on Wednesday. EPA
Despite a security breach, India's Parliament belongs to its people

An investigation is necessary, but the decision to bar ordinary citizens from visiting the legislature should be swiftly revoked

December 13, 2023, 2:37 PM
Indian cricketers celebrate after taking a wicket against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals in Mumbai this week. AFP
If India can work the way its cricket team does, the future is bright

While it is a stretch for a nation to apply sporting successes to other walks of life, why shouldn’t it at least try?

November 21, 2023, 2:00 PM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talking to Indian National Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in the old parliament building, in New Delhi, in September. AP
Can Kharge become India's first Dalit prime minister?

The resurgence of caste and social justice as issues in national politics could blunt the BJP's Hindu nationalist trump card in next year's election

October 31, 2023, 5:00 AM
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the start of the inaugural ceremony of the new parliament building in New Delhi in May. AP Photo
From India to Bharat to the Moon, the BJP is leaving no stone unturned

The opposition INDIA alliance has left the governing party worried ahead of the 2024 general election

September 06, 2023, 3:00 PM
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrives at the parliament in New Delhi on Monday after his Lok Sabha membership was restored. EPA
Rahul Gandhi should avoid the limelight, for the 'India' alliance's sake

The coalition of opposition parties cannot defeat Narendra Modi in 2024 by promoting any of its leaders as its prime ministerial candidate

August 10, 2023, 5:00 AM
A mourner pays respects to late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot on July 8, 2022. Reuters
How is Japan faring a year after Shinzo Abe's assassination?

The approval ratings of Abe's successor Fumio Kishida are up even as he faces challenges on the domestic front

July 07, 2023, 7:00 AM
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, seen in Patna, India last week, is building an alliance of opposition parties for the 2024 general election. Getty Images
Has India's opposition to Modi finally got its act together?

An ally-turned-foe of the Indian prime minister is forging a large coalition for the 2024 general election

June 29, 2023, 2:00 PM
South Africa's Charl Schwartzel watches his iron shot from the third tee on the third and final day of the LIV Golf Invitational Series event in St Albans, north of London, last June. AFP
Saudi Arabia’s emergence as a sporting power is capitalism at work

Golfers' disappointment over the PIF deal is understandable, but western reactions have been unfairly critical

June 14, 2023, 2:08 PM
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds the Sengol, a Tamil sceptre, along with priests during the inauguration ceremony of the country's new parliament building in New Delhi on Sunday. AFP
Row over India's parliament is about more than symbolism

There are signs the government wants to expand the number of MPs, but doing so risks dividing the country in dangerous ways

May 30, 2023, 2:05 PM
A mural of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Chennai. EPA
India's top political parties need to address power imbalances within

The BJP and Congress will do themselves and the country's politics a world of good by restoring inner-party democracy

May 16, 2023, 3:30 PM
Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi speaks at a rally in snowy Srinagar on Monday. AP Photo
Rahul Gandhi has completed his long march across India, but where has it led him?

The Indian opposition leader's cross-country trudge may not be enough to unseat Modi in 2024

January 31, 2023, 2:29 PM