Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury is the National Political Editor of the Hindustan Times. With over two decades of experience in print and television, she has authored Black Warrant (Roli,2019), Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous (Roli,2017) and Braking News (Hachette, 2010). Sunetra is the recipient of the Red Ink award in journalism in 2016 and Mary Morgan Hewett award in 2018.

Articles by Sunetra Choudhury

Exclusive | ‘Narendra Modi is obsessed with my family’: Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi denied that his father, the late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, had gone for a holiday on a warship, a day after PM Modi alleged that the latter had used the INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for family vacations.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 10, 2019 12:48 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | BySunetra Choudhury

‘Aircraft carrier not cruise ship’: Rahul Gandhi jabs PM on Viraat vacation

Congress president Rahul Gandhi admits that he did visit INS Viraat with his father, late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, but adds that it was an official trip, not a holiday.

Gandhi says he doesn’t want to respond to the flurry of attacks on his father during the election campaign of 2019.(HT Photo)
Gandhi says he doesn’t want to respond to the flurry of attacks on his father during the election campaign of 2019.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2019 09:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Bathinda | BySunetra Choudhury

K Chandrashekar Rao sends feeler to Congress over possible post-poll arrangement

Late last month, and approximately 10 days after Telangana voted on April 11, a parliamentarian from Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) met a senior Congress functionary to set the ball rolling.

K Chandrashekar Rao(PTI file photo)
K Chandrashekar Rao(PTI file photo)
Updated on May 09, 2019 08:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

Chandrababu Naidu opts out of PM race, says any Oppn leader better choice than Modi

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has ruled himself out of the prime ministerial race, should no party get a clear majority in the Lok Sabha. The

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu(PTI file photo)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu(PTI file photo)
Updated on May 08, 2019 08:22 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

December dinner indicated Congress, BSP won’t partner

In December, at least a month before the alliance of the SP, BSP, and RLD was announced, and ahead of the announcement of the results of the assembly elections in five states, BSP chief Mayawati received a request.

The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Indian National Congress, potential allies not so long ago, are now busy trading charges.(File Photo)
The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Indian National Congress, potential allies not so long ago, are now busy trading charges.(File Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2019 08:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘Will remove Article 370, it blocks integration of Kashmiris’: Ram Madhav

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Bharatiya Janata Party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav spoke extensively on Kashmir, where he was one of the architects of the BJP forming an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 that broke down last year

haratiya Janata Party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav(HT Photo)
haratiya Janata Party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav(HT Photo)
Updated on May 09, 2020 05:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘We don’t need any kingmaker, have the king,’ says Ram Madhav

Asked if the BJP was in touch with fence sitters like the Biju Janata Dal, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party, Madhav said, “Strategy is not discussed in front of cameras. Anybody is welcome to walk into the NDA.”

“We have the king so we do not need any kingmakers,” BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav said in a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File PHOTO)
“We have the king so we do not need any kingmakers,” BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav said in a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File PHOTO)
Updated on May 09, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘Attractive phrase’: Manmohan Singh on PM’s ‘Harvard vs hard work’ remark

HT also asked Dr Singh if he identified with Prime Minister Modi when it came to coming from modest backgrounds.

Listing the names of a number of leaders such as Dr Ambedkar, Homi Bhabha, Dr Hargobind Khurana and Dr APJ Kalam, all known for their scholarly abilities, he said, “They did not brag about their hardships or their humble backgrounds.”(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Listing the names of a number of leaders such as Dr Ambedkar, Homi Bhabha, Dr Hargobind Khurana and Dr APJ Kalam, all known for their scholarly abilities, he said, “They did not brag about their hardships or their humble backgrounds.”(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 02, 2019 02:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘Nyay will restart economy that has come to a stop today’: Manmohan Singh

Comparing NYAY to UPA’s rural job guarantee scheme, MGNREGS, Singh said: “The Congress party is committed to fiscal discipline.”

“In past 70 years, a government in power never had to hide behind the valour of our Armed Forces. Such attempts to politicize our forces are shameful and unacceptable.” said Manmohan Singh .(Ht Photo)
“In past 70 years, a government in power never had to hide behind the valour of our Armed Forces. Such attempts to politicize our forces are shameful and unacceptable.” said Manmohan Singh .(Ht Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2019 02:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘PM Modi doesn’t come anywhere close to Indira Gandhi or Shastri’: Manmohan Singh

Dr Singh’s remarks come after senior BJP leaders have attacked him for being ineffectual as a Prime Minister in his response to terror attacks.

While BJP president Amit Shah said that Singh didn’t respond when our soldiers were attacked by militants from across the border, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India failed to give a fitting response to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
While BJP president Amit Shah said that Singh didn’t respond when our soldiers were attacked by militants from across the border, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India failed to give a fitting response to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
Updated on May 02, 2019 01:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘Govt is hiding behind valour of armed forces’: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had decided to “isolate and diplomatically expose Pakistan as a terror hub” after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has criticised the Narendra Modi-led government for its “unpardonable failures on the economic front”(HT File Photo)
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has criticised the Narendra Modi-led government for its “unpardonable failures on the economic front”(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2019 09:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘Many surgical strikes during UPA’s tenure’, says former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

“Multiple surgical strikes took place during our tenure, too. For us, military operations were meant for strategic deterrence and giving a befitting reply to anti-India forces than to be used for vote garnering exercises,” Singh, 86, said in an interview with Sunetra Choudhury of Hindustan Times

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh(Vipin Kumar/HT File PHOTO)
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh(Vipin Kumar/HT File PHOTO)
Updated on May 02, 2019 01:31 PM IST
Hindustan Times | BySunetra Choudhury
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