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

30-yr-old incident, former CM Veerendra Patil become focus of Karnataka poll campaign

Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah have referred to the fate of the twice-elected chief minister Veerendra Patil in an effort to blunt the Congress’ strategy of attacking the ruling party for what they see as neglect of the Lingayat community

While many may not remember the name of Veerendra Patil, his name and his stature as a Lingayat leader has been weaponised by the Bharatiya Janata Party against the Congress, ironically, Patil’s party (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 07, 2023 12:18 AM IST

I won’t consider myself an Oppn leader, I will stay neutral: Ghulam Nabi Azad

In his memoir ‘Azaad’, the former J&K chief minister and Congress rebel is critical of his former party, describing its behaviour as “bloopers and bombast”

Ghulam Nabi Azad in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2023 11:36 AM IST

BJP forms 50-member team to begin election work in Karnataka

The meeting had a single point agenda -- to assign key persons who would help boost the party’s prospects in the state.

BJP national general secretary BL Santhosh. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 02, 2023 05:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre plans to rope in private companies to help secure govt servers, websites

The government’s IT services are managed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), which hosts 3.3 million email accounts and maintains more than 10,000 websites and services

The government’s IT services are managed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), which hosts 3.3 million email accounts and maintains more than 10,000 websites and services.
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 04:10 AM IST
ByBinayak Dasgupta and Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi

Jagan’s party on EC radar, its constitution under lens

Last Friday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) termed the Shiv Sena’s 2018 constitution, which had not been placed on record with the poll panel, as undemocratic because it vested too much power in the hand of the leader, although this wasn’t the reason why it ruled that the Eknath Shinde faction of the party was the real Shiv Sena (support of legislators and parliamentarians tiled the balance)

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Published on Feb 24, 2023 03:02 AM IST
By, New Delhi

No breaking point... parties did not give a concrete offer: TIPRA Motha chief

In the upcoming assembly elections in Tripura, the TIPRA Motha party, led by former Congress leader Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma, is being wooed by all national parties for an alliance.

TIPRA Motha chief Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma.
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 02:04 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Sunetra Choudhury picks her favourite reads of 2022

A classic on dealing with debilitating sorrow, a book on living in the present, and a surprisingly honest political autobiography

Information is control (HT Team)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 04:35 PM IST

Charles Sobhraj needs open-heart surgery, says Nepal order

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Nepal ordered the serial killer's release on humanitarian grounds. Sobhraj, 78, has been in jail since 2003.

Charles Sobhraj leaves a court in Paris on April 8, 1997. (AFP)
Updated on Dec 23, 2022 08:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Silent troubleshooter Bhupendra Patel helps his party buck anti-incumbency

Bhupendra Patel’s impressive election victory, winning by a record 212,480 votes, added to his achievements – a feat that found mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech

Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel at the BJP office in Ahmedabad on Thursday after the party’s stupendous victory in the assembly elections. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 08:31 AM IST

Canada’s federal police urged to act on gangsters operating from its soil

In general, New Delhi expects Ottawa to deport people like Brar who are in Canada on student visas, but are involved in organized crime back home

The development comes in the wake of a premature announcement last week on the detention of Goldy Brar, the man implicated in the murder of musician turned politician Sidhu Moosewala
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 04:09 AM IST

HT interview: Data bill in line with global practices, says Vaishnaw

Union minister says carve-outs in India’s new privacy bill are consistent with Constitution provisions

Union minister Ashwini Vaishnaw (HT file)
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 12:34 PM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, Sunetra Choudhury and R Sukumar

Centre asks ministries for details of clubs, institutes under them

The Union government has sought from ministries details of the functioning of Gandhian institutes, clubs, and conference centres, according to an official note

The Delhi Gymkhana Club, one of the oldest clubs in India. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 17, 2022 01:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Govt draws plan to mark Patel birth anniversary; CAPFs to take part

The Centre is planning a large-scale event involving all paramilitary forces, and across all districts in the country, to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31

Ahmedabad, India - October 31, 2018: A view of the statue of the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, during its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, five years after work began on the world’s tallest statue, in Narmada district of Gujarat, India on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Siddharaj Solanki / HindustanTimes)
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 05:03 AM IST

Cong prez polls: Kharge, Tharoor’s nomination papers present contrasting stories

The nomination papers filed by Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition (LoP) Mallikarjun Kharge and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor for the Congress presidential election on Friday were studies in contrast.

Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor shows his documents as he files his nomination papers for Congress party president election at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 05:04 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Panel pulls up 3 MLAs, does not blame Gehlot

A Congress panel on Tuesday accused three Rajasthan legislators of indiscipline but didn’t blame Ashok Gehlot for the turmoil, people aware of developments said, potentially giving the observers and the chief minister some manoeuvring space to resolve the crisis engulfing the party and its upcoming presidential poll.

Gehlot (back to camera) meets ministers and MLAs in Jaipur. (ANI)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 11:42 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress poll: Gehlot likely to file nomination after leadership crisis is over

Lawmakers loyal to Gehlot have threatened to bring the government down unless they get to pick his successor

Ashok Gehlot was expected to file his nomination for the Congress president’s election on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:23 PM IST

Gehlot’s supporters want announcement of his successor postponed till Oct 19

Congress’s central observers Ajay Maken said there seems to be a conflict of interest as a resolution authorises the party chief to take the final decision and that Gehlot could be the Congress president by then

Congress lawmakers outside Rajasthan assembly speaker CP Joshi’s residence. (PTI)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 10:05 AM IST
BySunetra Choudhury & Sachin Saini

Congress observers expected to meet Sonia Gandhi today amid Rajasthan crisis

Rajasthan Crisis: Scores of MLAs - in late-night drama - submitted their resignations to speakers.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 09:58 AM IST

Oppn may try different coalitions, but can’t match Modi’s popularity: Thakur

There is no real challenger to the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his politics of development, Union minister Anurag Thakur told HT in an interview.

interview Union minister for information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 11:06 AM IST
BySunetra Choudhury and Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

An officer and a lady: 30-year fight for equality in the armed forces

It's been an epic journey, especially for the 615 women who fought for permanent commission because the Ministry of Defence only allowed women to work for Short Service Commissions (SSC) which was initially just five years of service and then was gradually increased to 14 years of service.

(L-R) Squadron Leader Varlin Pawar, Squadron Leader Sumedha Chopra, Lt. Commander Seema Verma and Greeshma Mannari.
Published on Sep 06, 2022 09:52 AM IST

Five factors that led to Congress's decline over the years

In this edition of the First Voice Last Word, our weekly podcast on politics, Hindustan Times takes a deeper look at what has led to this decline.

in-Depth The Congress is confronting its most serious crisis in its electoral history since 1951. (HT file)
Updated on Aug 29, 2022 09:24 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘I joined Congress 51 years ago….feel’: Anand Sharma

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Sharma lashed out at the top leadership for “humiliating” him by not consulting or inviting him to core party meetings.

Former Union minister and prominent G23 leader Anand Sharma.(File photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2022 11:25 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Will BJP rule for the next 30 years?

On HT podcast 'First Voice, Last Word', union minister Bhupendra Yadav helps decode Bharatiya Janata Party's strategy, from ideological roots to the Modi magic.

How did the BJP go from launching in 1980 to ruling not just the centre, but 19 out of 28 states? Read here.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2022 07:16 PM IST

President poll result hints at waning impact of Opposition

The Bhartiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance(NDA) started out by being just short of the winning mark at 49% or 533,751 votes of the total 1,086,431 votes in the electoral college

As the extent of Sinha’s loss became clear, many leaders admitted that choosing a former BJP leader to run against the BJP, was not a very good idea (PTI)
Updated on Jul 22, 2022 05:48 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Uniting Opposition is the most crucial thing at the moment: Margaret Alva

Alva faces a tough task as the Opposition’s candidate for the Vice-President’s post with the NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar enjoying a comfortable majority in the electoral college

interview  Margaret Alva with Mallikarjun Kharge, Tiruchi Siva, Vaiko and other opposition leaders after filing her nomination papers at Parliament House, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 01:17 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why Kartikeya Sharma’s RS nomination in Haryana may queer the pitch for Congress

Kartikeya Sharma’s last-minute nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections in Haryana has revived memories of 2016 when 12 Congress MLAs were disqualified on the ground that they used the wrong type of ink

Kartikeya Sharma, who filed his nomination for a Rajya Sabha seat from Haryana, is founder of iTV Network, the founder of Pro Wrestling League and Indian Arena Polo League, according to his company website
Updated on May 31, 2022 04:44 PM IST

Just like Aryan Khan, I'm victim of a made-up case: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren is under fire from the opposition over a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the grant of mining lease. When questioned, Soren accused the BJP of vendetta.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(HT photo)
Updated on May 29, 2022 07:09 PM IST
By | Written by Aryan Prakash

Behind the scenes of Jayant Chaudhary and Kapil Sibal's Rajya Sabha nomination 

SP deciding to back the RLD chief and former Congress leader for the Rajya Sabha polls was a tactical call.  

Sibal (right) is contesting as an independent while Chaudhary is doing so on RLD's symbol. 
Published on May 27, 2022 01:42 PM IST

'There’s no question of joining other party': Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal was among the leading members of the group called G 23 within the Congress, which has since August 2020 sought wide-ranging reforms.

Special Former Congress leader Kapil Sibal files nomination for Rajya Sabha elections. (PTI)
Updated on May 26, 2022 11:48 AM IST

‘We admit certain miscalculations on our part’: Himachal CM Jairam Thakur

In the run-up to the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections at the end of this year, the focus is on the incumbent BJP’s main challengers: the Congress, which tasted success in recent bypolls, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) looking to repeat its stellar performance in Punjab

New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur calls on Union Power Minister R.K. Singh, at Shramshakti Bhavan, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on May 24, 2022 03:21 PM IST
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