Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury

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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
BJP activists with party flags in Kolkata. (PTI)
BJP activists with party flags in Kolkata. (PTI)

BJP categorises Bengal constituencies, says Nandigram not ‘a tough contest’

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2021 07:33 PM IST
The categorisation has been done by top BJP strategists, and the list itself is with only some of the party’s top leaders and campaigners, HT has learnt
PK Sinha, principal adviser in PMO, has resigned. (FIle photo)
PK Sinha, principal adviser in PMO, has resigned. (FIle photo)

PM’s principal adviser, PK Sinha, steps down

By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2021 05:35 PM IST
His office confirmed that Sinha had submitted his resignation, but there were no immediate details behind the reason for his exit
Other Backward Class (OBC) groups protest demanding jobs in this file picture from November 18, 2013 in New Delhi. (Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times )
Other Backward Class (OBC) groups protest demanding jobs in this file picture from November 18, 2013 in New Delhi. (Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times )

Split in OBC quota may help most backward from next year

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 16, 2021 05:11 AM IST
  • 2 panel members confirmed that they will recommend the current 27% quota be broken up into 4, or even 5 sub-categories.
Dushyant Chautala(HT file photo)
Dushyant Chautala(HT file photo)

‘We can expect healthy changes to state quota bill’: Dushyant Chautala

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2021 06:41 AM IST
"We were a producing state and if we have to survive in the future, we have to get more consumption with locals than people who will take the money out of the state," he said.
The book Life in American Politics & Diplomatic Years in India published by Har-Anand Publications and expected to be out by September, quoted an exchange between the two diplomats at the height of the Kargil War in 1999.(HT Photo)
The book Life in American Politics & Diplomatic Years in India published by Har-Anand Publications and expected to be out by September, quoted an exchange between the two diplomats at the height of the Kargil War in 1999.(HT Photo)

1999 Kargil war: Ex-Pak envoy denies US diplomat’s claim

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 03:52 AM IST
Responding to revelations in Celeste’s forthcoming book reported by Hindustan Times last month, Qazi said: “My government did not instruct me to do any such thing as its communications with the US would naturally be through either our mission in Washington and/or the US mission in Islamabad.’’
PM Modi was addressing members of parliament and the emphasis of his talk was on India’s ongoing vaccination drive(HT File photo )
PM Modi was addressing members of parliament and the emphasis of his talk was on India’s ongoing vaccination drive(HT File photo )

'Set up help desks near Covid-19 vaccination centres': PM Modi in BJP MPs’ meet

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 03:49 AM IST
“Even if you have to park their cars, or help the elderly get to the vaccination camps, do that,” the PM said at the meeting according to a second person, a BJP MP.
Tirath Singh Rawat (HT Photo)
Tirath Singh Rawat (HT Photo)

Tirath Singh Rawat’s ability to take everyone along key factor for selection

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2021 03:04 AM IST
New Delhi When the assembly elections were held in Uttarakhand in 2017, Tirath Singh Rawat was not given a ticket despite being the president of the party in the state and a sitting legislator
Trivendra Singh Rawat sided with bureaucrats who didn’t create the right kind of impression for the government, an official said.(PTI)
Trivendra Singh Rawat sided with bureaucrats who didn’t create the right kind of impression for the government, an official said.(PTI)

Maharashtra guv’s meeting may have led to Trivendra Rawat’s exit in Uttarakhand

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2021 09:50 AM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) decision to remove Trivendra Singh Rawat a year before the polls appears to be a move to quell intraparty resentment against him. Rawat refused to share power and had about 60-odd portfolios
Another senior official said on condition of anonymity that the second half of the session, which starts on Monday, may run for just two weeks.(PTI)
Another senior official said on condition of anonymity that the second half of the session, which starts on Monday, may run for just two weeks.(PTI)

2nd half of Budget session may be cut short due to state polls

By Saubhadra Chatterji, Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 12:40 AM IST
  • An official said that both Houses could meet at 11 am from the second week following the vaccination of eligible MPs.
These will be part of a long-awaited overhaul in how India sees and approaches dangers in the digital domain.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
These will be part of a long-awaited overhaul in how India sees and approaches dangers in the digital domain.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Cyber policy to factor in threat from state actors

By Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 06:38 AM IST
  • The 50-odd pages document, anchored by the national security adviser’s office, is now awaiting the approval from the Prime Minister’s office before it is released.
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