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

Prashant Kishor’s ex-aide who worked on BJP’s 2017 UP campaign joins Congress

Uttar Pradesh polls: Kanugolu, some in the Congress say, could fill the role the party envisaged for election strategist Kishor, who mentored the former and made him part of the team that managed Narendra Modi’s 2014 campaign.

A senior Congress leader confirmed that Sunil Konugulu, who was part of the founding team of the organisation A Billion Minds, has now officially joined the All India Congress Committee as a member and will a new department of the party (Archive)
A senior Congress leader confirmed that Sunil Konugulu, who was part of the founding team of the organisation A Billion Minds, has now officially joined the All India Congress Committee as a member and will a new department of the party (Archive)
Published on Mar 04, 2022 12:06 AM IST

French woman held under 1897 treaty sues India

The international human rights body confirmed that on February 16, India sent its response to the charge of violating international human rights law and other rights codified in the 2015 minimum standards of treatment of prisoners, also known as the Mandela Rules.

Marie-Emanuelle Verhoeven with her lawyer Ramni Taneja.
Marie-Emanuelle Verhoeven with her lawyer Ramni Taneja.
Updated on Feb 22, 2022 03:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

3 years on, Nagaur MP Beniwal yet to get an official house

It’s not that Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal has been ignored by the committees that allot residences to members of Parliament, but the search for a house for him is stuck in a legal battle and one former parliamentarian’s refusal to vacate his home.

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party Lok Sabha MP Hanuman Beniwal speaks in the Lower House during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (ANI)
Rashtriya Loktantrik Party Lok Sabha MP Hanuman Beniwal speaks in the Lower House during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 07:54 AM IST
BySunetra Choudhury and Risha Chitlangia, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Law does not say anything in any way that gives govt power to ban hijab’

‘It says the government has to work to promote the education of weaker sections of the society, of backward classes, and arguably these young women, by virtue of being women if nothing else’

Professor Farrah Ahmed (law.unimelb.edu.au)
Professor Farrah Ahmed (law.unimelb.edu.au)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 03:54 PM IST

Slow pace of donation drive irks BJP chief Nadda

On Tuesday, BJP chief Nadda told his office bearers that he expected senior leaders to motivate workers to not just donate but to also use this as an occasion to recruit new members.

The objective of the campaign is to mobilise cadre, with the donations being as small as <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5. (PTI)
The objective of the campaign is to mobilise cadre, with the donations being as small as 5. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 05, 2022 05:50 AM IST

Interview: I share a relationship with the people of Karhal, says SP Baghel

After filing his nomination papers, the sitting Parliamentarian from SP Singh Baghel told HT that he was delighted to be the surprise nominee for his party and that he has the requisite experience to take on Yadav as he had already fought against four members of the SP family in the past.

Union minister SP Singh Baghel.(ANI photo)
Union minister SP Singh Baghel.(ANI photo)
Published on Feb 01, 2022 06:36 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Many people change parties before polls....we have to fight the good fight’

Ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, including in Congress-ruled Punjab, former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot spoke to Sunetra Choudhury about the rumblings in the party.

File photo: Congress leader Sachin Pilot. (ANI)
File photo: Congress leader Sachin Pilot. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2022 04:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre looks to build brand around National War Memorial

The defence ministry has sought the help of the information and broadcasting ministry for the elaborate branding of the National War Memorial, officials said.

The government has started work on an overarching plan to take the National War Memorial to the people through a large-scale branding exercise. (ANI)
The government has started work on an overarching plan to take the National War Memorial to the people through a large-scale branding exercise. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 21, 2022 05:11 AM IST

BJP sets up committees to strengthen election campaigns

The poll panel has put a moratorium on all large gatherings and rallies, a preferred method of outreach, till January 23, forcing political parties to come up with alternative methods of canvassing.

UP BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh during party's door-to-door campaign for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Lucknow. The party has formed committees to strengthen its campaign in five poll-bound states. (PTI)
UP BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh during party's door-to-door campaign for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Lucknow. The party has formed committees to strengthen its campaign in five poll-bound states. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 04:52 AM IST

Joining Congress wasn’t my plan... BJP overreacted, says Harak Singh Rawat

Uttarakhand elections: “Congress wanted me to join them but that wasn’t really my plan. I think the BJP overreacted after seeing such reports on social media, and this will prove to be harmful for the party,” Harak Singh Rawat said.

“Congress wanted me to join them but that wasn’t really my plan. I think the BJP overreacted after seeing such reports,” former Uttarakhand minister Harak Singh Rawat, who was expelled from the saffron party ahead of elections, said.
“Congress wanted me to join them but that wasn’t really my plan. I think the BJP overreacted after seeing such reports,” former Uttarakhand minister Harak Singh Rawat, who was expelled from the saffron party ahead of elections, said.
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 09:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UP elections: Recent exits will not have any impact on NDA, says Sanjay Nishad

UP elections: The recent exits will not have any impact on the NDA, Sanjay Nishad of the Nishad party said.

interview NISHAD party chief Sanjay Nishad said the recent exits in UP will not have any impact on NDA during the upcoming elections. (ANI)
NISHAD party chief Sanjay Nishad said the recent exits in UP will not have any impact on NDA during the upcoming elections. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 05:03 AM IST

BJP enemy of OBCs, many more leaders will quit party: Rajbhar ahead of UP polls

UP polls: In an interview with HT, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) leader OP Rajbhar said BJP was an enemy of OBCs and more party leaders are expected to quit ahead of the elections.

interview Ahead of UP elections, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader OP Rajbhar called BJP an enemy of OBCs and said more leaders are likely to quit the saffron party in the coming days.
Ahead of UP elections, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader OP Rajbhar called BJP an enemy of OBCs and said more leaders are likely to quit the saffron party in the coming days.
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 04:51 AM IST

Out on harassment charges, Cong leader back in key position

Congress leader Ranajit Mukherjee told HT that he has been punished long enough, and the party was recognising the hard work that he has done since.

Ranajit Mukherjee, 41, resigned in 2020 after an internal inquiry.(Ranajit Mukherjee/Twitter)
Ranajit Mukherjee, 41, resigned in 2020 after an internal inquiry.(Ranajit Mukherjee/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 30, 2021 09:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

No plans yet to vaccinate kids younger than 15, say officials

Several countries are inoculating younger children, in some cases as young as five, and there have been stronger calls to expand the universal coronavirus vaccination in light of the threat posed by the highly resistant and transmissible Omicron variant of the Sars-CoV-2

A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine, at a UPHC in Sector 31, in Gurugram, India, on Monday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine, at a UPHC in Sector 31, in Gurugram, India, on Monday. (Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 06:02 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sunetra Choudhury, National Political Editor, picks her favourite reads of 2021

Former US President Barack Obama’s A Promised Land had brutally honest descriptions of world leaders like Vladimir Putin and closer home, to Rahul Gandhi

Former US President Barack Obama’s political memoir had honest descriptions of world leaders. (HT Teeam)
Former US President Barack Obama’s political memoir had honest descriptions of world leaders. (HT Teeam)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 02:39 AM IST

Rawat to meet Congress brass amid Uttarakhand rumblings

The party’s general secretary in charge of organisation, KC Venugopal, reached out to Harish Rawat on Thursday and invited him for a meeting in the Capital.

Uttarakhand Congress campaign committee chairman Harish Rawat.(PTI)
Uttarakhand Congress campaign committee chairman Harish Rawat.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 02:55 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Gita Gopinath: Recovery agent

After picking economics by happenstance as a Delhi teen, Gopinath, 50, went on to study at Princeton, teach at Harvard, and is now set to be the first deputy MD at IMF, guiding world economies amid the devastating blows of the pandemic.

Economist Gita Gopinath (File Photo / HT)
Economist Gita Gopinath (File Photo / HT)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 11:31 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Lots of women before me could have done the job: Gita Gopinath of IMF

Gopinath has studied at Princeton, taught at Harvard, and is now set to be the first deputy managing director at IMF, guiding world economies amid the devastating blows of the pandemic. Excerpts from an interview.

 (Raj K Raj / HT)
(Raj K Raj / HT)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 11:24 PM IST

Code read: Smriti Irani on her first novel, a thriller called Lal Salaam

A murder mystery set in Chhattisgarh, the book is inescapably political. But the union minister and former TV star knows how to script a twist in the tale.

‘Nobody looks for a message in a work of fiction... If people look for a message, it is that you need to continue to believe in the supremacy of your Constitution,’ Irani says. (Photo courtesy Tarun Vishwa)
‘Nobody looks for a message in a work of fiction... If people look for a message, it is that you need to continue to believe in the supremacy of your Constitution,’ Irani says. (Photo courtesy Tarun Vishwa)
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 05:39 PM IST

FB whistleblower offers to testify before House panel

Sophie Zhang is a former Facebook data scientist who warned in an internal memo that there was a “political sophisticated” attempt to influence the February 2020 Delhi elections.

Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang is keen to appear before India’s parliamentary committee on information.
Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang is keen to appear before India’s parliamentary committee on information.
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 04:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Repeal of farm laws a win for opposition’: Jayant Chaudhary

Farmers have shown a lot of courage by asking some hard questions to the government throughout the last year, he said.

Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary. (HT File Photo)
Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 02:15 AM IST

‘They want to control everything as if they are going to rule for 100 years’

Kharge says the move to extend the period of CBI and ED chiefs for five years means that the government wants their choice of people for a longer time so that they can harass the common people, the opposition parties, NGOs, and journalists

Kharge said the Congress will also ask other opposition parties to stay united on this because the Centre was “killing” the democracy and they were “not” following the Constitutional rules and procedures. (ANI Photo)
Kharge said the Congress will also ask other opposition parties to stay united on this because the Centre was “killing” the democracy and they were “not” following the Constitutional rules and procedures. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 03:04 PM IST

In his book, Ban ki-Moon talks about his time as ex-UN secy general; mentions Tharoor

“Even now, nearly fifty years later, I tell the Indian people that half of my heart belongs in their country,’’ Moon writes in the book

Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. (HT photo)
Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 10:02 PM IST

‘Blaming Nehru would not solve China problem’: Nirupama Rao

Nehru thought these two big countries of Asia could work together to become the third force in world politics that could benefit India. Now, as it turned out, he was proved wrong in his calculations about China, says Nirupama Menon Rao

Nirupama Rao said her research made it clear that from 1949 onwards, Nehru was worried about the Chinese entering Tibet which was going to change the scene along our frontiers. (HT Photo)
Nirupama Rao said her research made it clear that from 1949 onwards, Nehru was worried about the Chinese entering Tibet which was going to change the scene along our frontiers. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 03, 2021 02:54 PM IST

Priyanka bumps into Akhilesh Yadav on plane. They speak, say will meet again

The partnership between Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s Congress fell apart after the 2017 UP assembly elections following a dismal showing

Friday’s afternoon’s brief interaction between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Akhilesh Yadav on the afternoon flight to Lucknow was described as “cordial”.
Friday’s afternoon’s brief interaction between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Akhilesh Yadav on the afternoon flight to Lucknow was described as “cordial”.
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 07:38 PM IST

Plan to induct strategist Prashant Kishor into Congress hits roadblock

After a series of meetings that started in the spring of 2020 when Kishor first met party president Sonia Gandhi, and meetings with regional leaders across the country, the plan has now been “put off”, two leaders familiar with the details said

File photo: Election strategist Prashant Kishor. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
File photo: Election strategist Prashant Kishor. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 08, 2021 06:12 PM IST

UP Police manhandled me, tried to force me into their vehicle: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra told HT, “I tried to walk but they were pushing and shoving. Then they started beating my colleagues, punched one of them several times in the stomach and lifted him up and tried to stuff him into a jeep

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders reach to meet the victims of the violence that erupted during a farmers' protest and claimed eight lives a day earlier, in Lakhimpur Kheri, Monday. (PTI)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders reach to meet the victims of the violence that erupted during a farmers' protest and claimed eight lives a day earlier, in Lakhimpur Kheri, Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 05, 2021 09:09 AM IST

Exclusive: Need visa to go to UP, asks Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel

Baghel said the visit of Congress leaders to violence-hit district to express solidarity with the families of aggrieved farmers should not be seen through the prism of politics.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 04, 2021 03:11 PM IST
By | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Indra Nooyi on demanding what you’re worth and always having a back-up plan

The former PepsiCo chairperson and CEO discusses facing and fighting subtle acts of discrimination in her career, battling for pay parity in the boardroom, and what it really takes to make it to the top.

Nooyi’s newly released memoir is titled My Life in Full.
Nooyi’s newly released memoir is titled My Life in Full.
Updated on Oct 01, 2021 07:47 PM IST

Don’t try to be Superwoman: Indra Nooyi on choice, freedom and having it all

The former PepsiCo chairperson and CEO, now 65, has a memoir out titled My Life in Full. In it, she traces her journey from Chennai to Connecticut to only the 11th woman in the world to head a Fortune 500 company. She speaks of her pursuit of pay parity in the boardroom, of profits and growth for the multinational, and of her home life: caring for an ailing father and an exacting mother, tending to a marriage and two daughters. Excerpts from an interview.

 (Image: Dave Puente)
(Image: Dave Puente)
Updated on Oct 01, 2021 08:03 PM IST
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