Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury

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Pawar to host meeting of civil society, Opposition leaders

By Sunetra Choudhury and Faisal Malik
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2021 12:00 AM IST
New Delhi/Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar will host a meeting of Opposition leaders and civil society members at his house in Delhi on Tuesday to initiate discussions about bringing together outfits against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his party said
Chinmay Tumbe. (HT file)
Chinmay Tumbe. (HT file)

‘May 2021 is as horrific as November 1918, during the influenza pandemic’

UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 07:43 PM IST
The Age of Pandemics author Chinmay Tumbe, who studied death registrations in five states, found they exceed by at least 10 times the official toll from the second wave of Covid-19
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Ajit Singh: Face of Jat politics in UP and champion of farmers’ rights

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2021 04:14 AM IST
  • Son of north India’s tallest farm leader Charan Singh, Ajit was pushed into abruptly swapping a 15-year-long career as a computer scientist in Silicon Valley to the dusty fields of Western Uttar Pradesh in 1987.
Over the past two weeks, the panel spoke to 150 party lawmakers and functionaries. Singh and Sidhu, who have been locked in a bitter verbal war, also met the panel. Gandhi will now take the final call.
Over the past two weeks, the panel spoke to 150 party lawmakers and functionaries. Singh and Sidhu, who have been locked in a bitter verbal war, also met the panel. Gandhi will now take the final call.

Amarinder in charge, key role for Sidhu: Cong panel

By Sunetra Choudhury, Navneet Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2021 02:15 AM IST
The committee made five major recommendations, said a panel member on condition of anonymity.
Jitin Prasada talked about the general disconnect between the party and the people in his home state of Uttar Pradesh.
Jitin Prasada talked about the general disconnect between the party and the people in his home state of Uttar Pradesh.

‘I wasn’t being able to fulfil the aspirations of people’: Jitin Prasada

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2021 02:48 AM IST
Jitin Prasada said, "Defeats and wins are part of politics. I am talking about the distancing at large from the people of a political party, especially in my state."
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Cong panel failed to resolve issues: Pilot

PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 12:18 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Last year’s crisis in Rajasthan that the Congress papered over by setting up a committee to address the issues raised by then deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot against chief minister Ashok Gehlot have resurfaced, with the former expressing his displeasure at the lack of action
In July last year, Sachin Pilot and his supporters left Jaipur to camp at a secret location in Haryana, threatening the stability of the Ashok Gehlot government.
In July last year, Sachin Pilot and his supporters left Jaipur to camp at a secret location in Haryana, threatening the stability of the Ashok Gehlot government.

Panel has failed to resolve issues: Sachin Pilot

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2021 07:54 AM IST
  • Sachin Pilot told Hindustan Times that the Congress high command has failed to deliver on the promises that were made to him when he along with 18 legislators returned to the party after a month-long drama.
Representational image. (HT Archive) Exclusive
Representational image. (HT Archive)

Managing intra-party dissent—the contrasting tale of the BJP and the Congress

UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times speaks to leaders in both parties and dissident camps to understand how the tools may be different in both camps, but the fallout could often end up being the same
At the core of the issue, according to one camp, is the chief minister’s style of functioning; according to the other, it is the ambition of some of the Captain’s rivals, including Navjot Singh Sidhu.(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times Archive)
At the core of the issue, according to one camp, is the chief minister’s style of functioning; according to the other, it is the ambition of some of the Captain’s rivals, including Navjot Singh Sidhu.(Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times Archive)

Cong grapples with Punjab infighting

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2021 03:23 AM IST
Congress spokespersons did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment, but the fact that calls were being made was confirmed by one of Gandhi’s aides who insisted it is part of a feedback gathering mechanism.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI) Exclusive
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)

The politics of Twitter: Why did Rahul Gandhi stop following his aides?

UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 03:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times has learnt that this action was in response to certain party members complaining that Gandhi was following people selectively, and not all party leaders
Rajnath Singh first became education minister in 1991 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed its first government in Uttar Pradesh.(PTI file photo)
Rajnath Singh first became education minister in 1991 when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed its first government in Uttar Pradesh.(PTI file photo)

Why defence ministry chaired the GoM on Class 12 exams

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2021 06:16 AM IST
One of the officials quoted above said PM Modi chose Rajnath Singh after consultations because he wanted not only his senior-most minister but also someone who had experience in this area.
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Why defence min chaired the GoM on Class 12 exams

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2021 12:14 AM IST
New Delhi Defence minister Rajnath Singh was handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week to head the group of ministers (GoM) looking into the feasibility of conducting Class 12 examinations because of his stature as the government’s senior-most minister and cross-party acceptance, HT has learnt after speaking to two senior government officials
KK Shailaja. (File photo) Exclusive
KK Shailaja. (File photo)

With Shailaja’s omission, decoding the Indian Left’s gender blind spot

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 11:23 AM IST
The CM may have ruled out a rethink but not everyone is convinced with this decision. HT spoke to a cross section of women Left leaders on the record, including a Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member, who don’t agree with the chief minister
Dr Faheem Younus. (Photo: Twitter)
Dr Faheem Younus. (Photo: Twitter)

Ramp up your vaccination to permanently control this virus: Dr Faheem Younus

UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2021 11:48 AM IST
The chief of infectious diseases at the University of Maryland talks about the disease, Covid-19 vaccination, etc
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (Samir Jana/HT file) Exclusive
Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (Samir Jana/HT file)

The inside story of why the BJP lost Bengal

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2021 01:57 PM IST
The official party line is that it is focused, at the moment, in protecting workers from a vindictive TMC’s violent attacks post elections, to do any in-depth review of the results
Tom Frieden. (Photo: Sourced) Exclusive
Tom Frieden. (Photo: Sourced)

‘Vaccine is not 100% protective, but it’s highly effective’: Former CDC director

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 01:52 PM IST
Tom Frieden, a former director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), runs Resolve to Save Lives, a global public health organisation. He talks about the second Covid wave in India
Sonia Gandhi Gandhi asked the CWC to “take note of our serious setbacks” and said that “to say that we are deeply disappointed is to make an understatement.”(HT Photo)
Sonia Gandhi Gandhi asked the CWC to “take note of our serious setbacks” and said that “to say that we are deeply disappointed is to make an understatement.”(HT Photo)

Factionalism, poor local leadership behind poll losses: Leaders at CWC meet

By Saubhadra Chatterji, Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 09:14 AM IST
The party again deferred its internal election to find a successor of president Sonia Gandhi “in view of the nationwide emergent conditions prevailing on account of unprecedented Corona pandemic.”
“I genuinely tweeted it when I noticed a striking coincidence in North Eastern states,’’ Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.(HT File Photo)
“I genuinely tweeted it when I noticed a striking coincidence in North Eastern states,’’ Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.(HT File Photo)

Former Congress leaders now helm six states

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 05:41 AM IST
Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s message was likely prompted by Himanta Biswa Sarma being sworn in as CM of Assam.
The 90-minute-long virtual workshop, where Information & Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar also spoke to the participants, comes against the backdrop of a surging second wave of Covid-19 infections. (ANI Photo)
The 90-minute-long virtual workshop, where Information & Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar also spoke to the participants, comes against the backdrop of a surging second wave of Covid-19 infections. (ANI Photo)

Top Central government officials attend session on boosting image, perception

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 11:44 AM IST
HT learns that the meeting, attended by several secretaries of the government, saw the minister emphasising the need to focus on positive news.
TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during an interaction with media in Kolkata on Sunday, May 2. (PTI)
TMC chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during an interaction with media in Kolkata on Sunday, May 2. (PTI)

How TMC pulled off a massive win against formidable BJP

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2021 10:13 AM IST
TMC successfully used a combination of Asmita, messaging about successful delivery of welfare schemes and a strategic campaign against anti-incumbency to defeat a formidable campaign launched by the BJP, according to party members and election strategists involved in the campaign
File photo: A man carrying an oxygen cylinder at IGMC hospital, Shimla.      (Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)
File photo: A man carrying an oxygen cylinder at IGMC hospital, Shimla.      (Deepak Sansta / Hindustan Times)

‘Demand for medical oxygen rising rapidly in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, UP’: Experts

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2021 11:17 PM IST
While there is still a lack of clarity over the situation in Delhi, the Centre said it is supplying enough, the state said it isn’t receiving enough while the Delhi High Court has criticised both governments for not doing their job
The meeting came on a day India posted its highest number of infections and deaths, at 345,159 and 2,622, respectively, straining further the country’s health infrastructure already burdened with the world’s worst outbreak.(File Photo)
The meeting came on a day India posted its highest number of infections and deaths, at 345,159 and 2,622, respectively, straining further the country’s health infrastructure already burdened with the world’s worst outbreak.(File Photo)

PM Modi chairs meets on infra crisis as cases, deaths soar

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2021 05:38 AM IST
  • In his meeting with chief ministers of 11 worst-hit states and Union territories, Modi said the central government was working to increase oxygen production and ensure seamless supply across states.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with chief ministers on the Covid-19 situation, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Friday, April 23. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a meeting with chief ministers on the Covid-19 situation, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Friday, April 23. (PTI)

Work as one nation to ensure no scarcity: Modi to CMs amid surge in Covid cases

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON APR 23, 2021 05:35 PM IST
In his meeting with chief ministers of 11 worst-hit states, Modi stressed India was able to fight the first wave of the pandemic due to “collective power, united effort, and strategy’’
A man carries a filled oxygen cylinder to load into a truck for a hospital outside a private refilling station. (REUTERS)
A man carries a filled oxygen cylinder to load into a truck for a hospital outside a private refilling station. (REUTERS)

Top central govt official steps in to ensure smoother interstate oxygen movement

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2021 03:54 PM IST
The second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak has sparked shortages of hospital beds and other crucial supplies such as oxygen and medicines. Oxygen is a critical medical intervention against Covid-19
Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen. (HT Archive)
Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen. (HT Archive)

Bengal has been a divided ground for long: Amartya Sen

By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2021 02:33 AM IST
What happens electorally is not just a matter of what preceding justice was in a particular area. It depends so much on the organisational facility, said Amartya Sen.
West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra.(HT PHOTO.)
West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra.(HT PHOTO.)

Amit Shah got his numbers wrong in 11 states: Amit Mitra

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2021 04:42 AM IST
West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra said, "This 200 seats was said by Mr Amit Shah. Now what is his track record -- In 11 states, he got his number wrong. In 13 states, the BJP underperformed since 2019."
Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen. (HT Archive)
Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen. (HT Archive)

Bengal has been committed to secularism in a way that’s remarkable: Amartya Sen

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2021 08:32 PM IST
What happens electorally is not just a matter of what preceding justice was in a particular area. It depends so much on the organisational facility, says Amartya Sen
In the clips, Kishor is heard explaining the reasons behind Modi’s popularity.(HT file photo)
In the clips, Kishor is heard explaining the reasons behind Modi’s popularity.(HT file photo)

BJP, TMC spar over Prashant Kishor’s conversation with journalists

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2021 12:25 AM IST
Kishor immediately hit back over “the selective and distorted use of part of the conversation” and asked the BJP to release the full conversation. In a tweet, Kishor added he is repeating that the BJP will not cross 100 seats in the 294-member state assembly.
Political strategist Prashant Kishor's audio clips from a Clubhouse interaction have been cited by BJP leaders to claim that the Trinamool also acknowledges the BJP's edge in Bengal (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor's audio clips from a Clubhouse interaction have been cited by BJP leaders to claim that the Trinamool also acknowledges the BJP's edge in Bengal (HT Photo/Santosh Kumar)

BJP hits Mamata with Prashant Kishor’s clip on PM Modi. He responds with a dare

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2021 01:41 PM IST
In a tweet, Prashant Kishor added he is repeating that the BJP will not cross 100 seats in the 294-member state assembly.
Voters show their voter-ID card as they arrive to cast their vote during the second phase of the West Bengal Assembly election at Nandigram. (ANI Photo)
Voters show their voter-ID card as they arrive to cast their vote during the second phase of the West Bengal Assembly election at Nandigram. (ANI Photo)

BJP internal assessment: Nandigram a contest

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2021 07:42 AM IST
On record, however, the BJP says none of the 294 seats is difficult. “It is the first time our party has gone to 80,000 of the total 100,000 polling booths that we have across the state
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