Sanjay Kapoor

Editor of Delhi's Hardnews magazine and author of Bad Money Bad Politics- the untold story of Hawala scandal.

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Post date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 17:51

Sanjay Kapoor New Delhi

 On April 30, first time in five years, the Islamic State (IS) released a video of their Khalifa, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Greyed and portly, Baghdadi was defiant and angry after the loss of their stronghold of Bagouz in Syria. He was trying to shore up the morale of his supporters that he was physically healthy and leading the struggle of the Islamic State even after the loss of Syria and Iraq.



Post date: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 15:54

In early April, I traveled to Deoband in western UP, famous for its Islamic seminary, to attend the first joint ‘Mahagathbandan’ rally. The road to the venue, where the three parties decided to come together to show unity and solidarity, was marked by small jathas carrying party flags, joyfully and energetically trudging to hear their leaders. This was no rent-a-crowd.



Post date: Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 18:43

At the time of writing this analysis, three rounds of the staggered seven-phase general election have been completed. However, much of what was feared from the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) seems to be playing out in different voting booths in diverse parts of the country. Hundreds of thousands of voters have found their names deleted, EVMs have malfunctioned, and the Voter Verified Paper Trail (VVPAT), meant to preserve the EVM’s integrity, has not just stumbled, but also fallen short on its promised seven-second display after the casting of vote.



Post date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 18:06

Hardnews is covering the fourth general elections since it started publishing in 2003-2004. It got all the election results right, even the tricky ones like the 2004 general elections where the buzz in Delhi suggested one outcome and the ground reality told a different story. Predicting 2009 and 2014 polls were relatively easy to read, but the 2019 election presents a different challenge all together. The threat of violence from an intrusive Surveillance State is cramping the freedom with which the ordinary voters shared their views on politics and the government.



Post date: Friday, May 3, 2019 - 17:52

Right-wing leaderships do not want to relinquish power. They are now using the Surveillance State to manipulate the voters. India is a test case in the on-going parliamentary polls



Post date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 13:17



Post date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 18:18

The staggered election schedule shows that EC has made light of the harm fake news can do to the electoral outcome



Post date: Monday, March 4, 2019 - 18:36

The burst of fake news after air strikes into Pakistan and Pulwama suicide attack raises fears of a similar occurrence during the coming parliament elections that could undermine the electoral process. Can the Election Commission fight this challenge?



Post date: Monday, February 18, 2019 - 12:25

In 1999, a caretaker Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee led India to war at Kargil against Pakistani intruders. BJP led coalition won handsomely in those polls. Will that template be repeated after Pulwama?



Post date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 20:44

There are different ways to rig elections and from Bangladesh to other countries, authoritarian figures are mastering it all over the world. Can our Election Commission rebuild trust?



Post date: Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 19:54

As the race to win 2019 elections  intensifies, there are rumors that the law enforcement agencies might arrest some of the leaders that are being probed on charges of corruption. How fair then 2019 elections be? 



Post date: Friday, December 28, 2018 - 17:07

Indian government has agreed to grant visa to Karmapa Lama to visit the country, but is unsure about what his acceptance of Dominican nationality mean for exiled Tibetan Buddhist community