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  • These days the press is either coming under open attack from politicians or being ignored altogether. When any of these leaders do grant interviews or even meet informally with the media it is usually only with people they like or approve of or with those they think can impact their political standing, writes Barkha Dutt.
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
    May 08, 2015 22:05 IST

    As netas become more media-savvy, mainstream media matters less

    These days the press is either coming under open attack from politicians or being ignored altogether. When any of these leaders do grant interviews or even meet informally with the media it is usually only with people they like or approve of or with those they think can impact their political standing, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Deepika Padukone
    Apr 10, 2015 21:36 IST

    A pain we won't show: Deepika Padukone's turmoil should get India talking about depression

    The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence. I knew perfectly well the cars were making noise and the people in them and behind the lit windows of the buildings were making a noise and the river was making a noise but I couldn’t hear a thing.’

  • gay rights celebration
    Mar 27, 2015 21:48 IST

    Time to cut to the chase: Sec 66A gone, but what about Sec 377?

    If the vault of freedom in the world’s largest democracy can only be unlocked by de-activating restrictive numerical encryptions like Section 66A and Section 377, then the Supreme Court has given us an important key or two.

  • twitter
    Mar 13, 2015 22:22 IST

    Social media, hysterical TV debates creates manufactured dissent

    A few years ago Pakistan’s ever-glamorous political poster boy said to me with an imperious flamboyance typical of him that “Liberals are the scum of Pakistan”.

  • Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai
    Feb 20, 2015 21:15 IST

    Centre vs Priya Pillai is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut

    At a time when the PM sent out a strong message on religious freedom, why is the BJP is investing so much of its capital fighting voices of dissent?

  • Barack Obama, Narendra Modi
    Jan 30, 2015 23:33 IST

    Obama's India visit: Telling it like a good story

    Modern-day politics is being mediated by Twitter hashtags, popular imagination and TV debate. The narrative belongs to those who script it effectively, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Kashmiri women stand in queues
    Jan 02, 2015 23:08 IST

    A vacuum can be dangerous, J-K needs a govt for India's sake

    The free and fair elections of 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir can give birth to new beginnings but only if this chance is not obliterated by the narrowness of power-seeking, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti
    Dec 19, 2014 21:48 IST

    PM Modi must take a clear stand against motor-mouth MPs

    The word in the BJP is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is angry. We are told that at two consecutive meetings of the party’s MPs, Modi let his displeasure be known to the motor-mouth MPs, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Kashmir
    Dec 05, 2014 21:06 IST

    Haider to hope: Impossible not to be optimistic about J-K's future

    Electoral politics in J-K has given space for soft separatism to be absorbed within the constitutional democratic process, rendering the boycott politics of the past irrelevant, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Robert Vadra
    Nov 07, 2014 23:15 ISTThird Eye

    This is serious: Indian politics moves to being great equaliser

    Any muscle-flexing of power, small or big, is not kosher in a healthy democracy. Politicians still wield inordinate influence; but they no longer enjoy an expiry-free licence for bad behaviour. The shelf life of political entitlements is over, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Akbaruddin Owaisi, Asaduddin Owaisi
    Oct 24, 2014 22:28 ISTTHIRD EYE

    Divide and win: Owaisi brothers reap the benefits

    The brothers may have cause to celebrate, but not India's Muslims. The rise of a party known for its inflammatory politics only reinforces the worst religious stereotypes, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Ceasefire violation
    Oct 10, 2014 23:58 ISTThird Eye

    Pakistan's army is in overdrive

    India's response to repeated ceasefire violations along the LoC must display not just determination but also deftness, writes Barkha Dutt.

  • Agartala
    Aug 29, 2014 22:26 ISTthird eye

    When a woman undermines the horror of rape

    The weakest link in the Karthik Gowda case is the woman’s desire to remain married to an alleged rapist. Accusing a man who didn’t marry you as promised or who married you and then dumped you isn't rape, argues Barkha Dutt.

  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi
    Aug 01, 2014 23:12 ISTThird Eye

    The leader who won't lead: Congress' Rahul Gandhi problem

    Rahul Gandhi wants to take apart the Congress’ structure and put his own architecture in place. But where are even the first signs of that process? Barkha Dutt writes.

  • Ved Pratap Vaidik, Hafiz Saeed
    Jul 18, 2014 22:35 ISTThird Eye

    Missing the point: when media made Vaidik news

    It was a week in which more than 200 people were killed in Gaza, in which drought became a threat in India. But if you watched TV news you would think the biggest global crisis was the Vaidik-Saeed meeting, writes Barkha Dutt.