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

‘Congress a better platform... in tune with idea of India’: Jignesh Mevani

Jignesh Mevani spoke to Sunetra Choudhury about why it is the right platform for him even as the party has faced a series of defections

Jignesh Mevani (HT file)
Jignesh Mevani (HT file)
Updated on Oct 02, 2021 12:12 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Indra Nooyi memoir: The secrets to balancing work and family life

In her book, My Life in Full: Work, Family and our Future, Indra Nooyi focusses on the importance that organisational support plays in working women’s lives. For instance, she lists the offer of three months of paid leave by BCG to take care of her father in India when he was diagnosed with cancer

65-year-old Nooyi, who retired from PepsiCo in 2019 after serving at the top for more than a decade, traces her journey in her memoir My Life in Full (Photo by Priyanka Parashar)
65-year-old Nooyi, who retired from PepsiCo in 2019 after serving at the top for more than a decade, traces her journey in her memoir My Life in Full (Photo by Priyanka Parashar)
Updated on Sep 27, 2021 11:04 AM IST

‘Not because of CoWIN’: RS Sharma on UK quarantine rule for Indians

NHA chairman RS Sharma, who supervises functioning of the CoWIN platform, said a baseless controversy was created by some people around the digital platform in context of the UK travel rule that mandates a 10-day quarantine for flyers from India even if they are fully vaccinated.

NHA chairman RS Sharma said the UK’s 10-day quarantine rule for fully vaccinated Indians was not linked to CoWIN or the certification process (File photo/Mint)
NHA chairman RS Sharma said the UK’s 10-day quarantine rule for fully vaccinated Indians was not linked to CoWIN or the certification process (File photo/Mint)
Published on Sep 24, 2021 08:35 PM IST

‘Not because of CoWIN’: RS Sharma on UK quarantine rule for Indians

NHA chairman RS Sharma, who supervises functioning of the CoWIN platform, said a baseless controversy was created by some people around the digital platform in context of the UK travel rule that mandates a 10-day quarantine for flyers from India even if they are fully vaccinated.

National Health Authority chairman RS Sharma, who handles the Cowin vaccination portal said there were absolutely no concerns raised at any point in time by the British side on India’s Covid-19 vaccine certification process. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
National Health Authority chairman RS Sharma, who handles the Cowin vaccination portal said there were absolutely no concerns raised at any point in time by the British side on India’s Covid-19 vaccine certification process. (HT FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Sep 24, 2021 08:55 PM IST

Book on Kashmir by R&AW officer’s daughter fans furore

Saiba Varma’s book The Occupied Clinic: Militarism and Care in Kashmir has been published by Duke University in the US and Yoda Press in India.

While Das describes the book as “brilliantly written” and “powerful”, she now feels that it is problematic.(HT File)
While Das describes the book as “brilliantly written” and “powerful”, she now feels that it is problematic.(HT File)
Updated on Sep 17, 2021 01:53 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

26/11: What Mumbai Diaries gets right, and what it gets wrong

When the new web series, Mumbai Diaries 26/11 dropped last week, it wasn’t the first attempt to portray the horrific events surrounding the 2008 attacks on India’s financial capital when terrorists unleashed an attack that left 172 dead and changed India’s security outlook and apparatus forever

Smoke is seen billowing out of the ground and first floor of the Taj Hotel in south Mumbai during security personnel's Operation Cyclone following the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008. (File photo)
Smoke is seen billowing out of the ground and first floor of the Taj Hotel in south Mumbai during security personnel's Operation Cyclone following the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008. (File photo)
Updated on Sep 15, 2021 10:52 AM IST

‘Why has Govt not used its majority in House to pass Women's Reservation Bill?’

In an interview with Hindustan Times, the Communist Party of India (Marxist)’s politburo member and former MP, Brinda Karat, talks about whether the Women’s Reservation Bill is still relevant, and the significance of reservation for women in politics. Edited excerpts:

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat(HT file photo)
CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat(HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2021 03:08 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

CPM’s Brinda Karat underscores significance of women’s reservation bill in conversation with HT

HT spoke to CPM’s politburo member and former MP Brinda Karat about whether this proposed law is still relevant.

File photo: CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat. (PTI)
File photo: CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 11, 2021 02:43 PM IST

BJP plans events to mark PM Narendra Modi’s 20 years in public life

The special drive has been named “Sewa Aur Samarpan Abhiyan”, which means a campaign in tribute to service and dedication.

In a celebration of PM Narendra Modi, the campaign will focus on how the journey in 2001 was fraught with challenges as Modi had to handle the aftermath of the Bhuj earthquake. (PTI)
In a celebration of PM Narendra Modi, the campaign will focus on how the journey in 2001 was fraught with challenges as Modi had to handle the aftermath of the Bhuj earthquake. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 05, 2021 02:44 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Committed to holding caste census: BJP MP

Munde said that the BJP was not the kind of party that said one thing in opposition and then changed its position in government. Munde’s words come at a time when the demand for a caste census has grown louder .

Committed to holding caste census: BJP MP
Committed to holding caste census: BJP MP
Updated on Aug 26, 2021 04:45 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

OBC commission member Bajaj backs caste census

The last time there was a full caste census was in 1931, but in recent weeks, the demand for one has only gotten louder with the BJP’s own leaders such as Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Modi justifying the need for one

The support for the survey was evident in the composition of the delegation from Bihar that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought a survey
The support for the survey was evident in the composition of the delegation from Bihar that met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought a survey
Updated on Aug 25, 2021 06:20 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Inside story of a defection: How Sushmita Dev switched from the Congress to TMC

The surprising switch of Sushmita Dev, who was known for her emphatic defence of the party leadership even as the Congress faced multiple crises, came after a summer of disappointing election performance in her home state of Assam and active wooing by both the BJP and TMC

Sushmita Dev’s father, former union minister Santosh Mohan Dev, seen here with then Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. (Sourced)
Sushmita Dev’s father, former union minister Santosh Mohan Dev, seen here with then Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. (Sourced)
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 05:17 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Indians stuck in Afghanistan struggle to return home

India on Monday said it will take all steps for the security of Indians and its interests in Afghanistan and facilitate the repatriation of Sikhs and Hindus who wish to leave the war-torn country.

A Taliban fighter holds a weapon while standing on a building outside Kabul airport, Kabul, Afghanistan(REUTERS )
A Taliban fighter holds a weapon while standing on a building outside Kabul airport, Kabul, Afghanistan(REUTERS )
Updated on Aug 17, 2021 04:53 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Peace has returned to Assam, Mizoram: Himanta Biswa Sarma

"My ministers visited Aizawl and after that meeting, we issued a joint press release whose operative part was that no state will deploy their police forces at the border and they will try to resolve all disputes peacefully. Second, both states have decided that CRPF will be at the border till we come to certain solutions," the Assam chief minister said.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. (File photo)
Published on Aug 11, 2021 06:22 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

All parties must come together and save India: Kapil Sibal

We feel that the BJP is destroying the foundations of our republic; they have belittled every institution in this country.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. (PTI file photo)
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal. (PTI file photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2021 05:56 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Oppn leaders discuss 2024 poll strategy at dinner hosted by Sibal

At least 20 of the so-called “G-23” group of leaders, who wrote a letter to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi last year asking for an overhaul in the party organisation, were present at the dinner, as was former finance minister P Chidambaram.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien arrives at Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s residence on Monday. (ANI)
TMC leader Derek O’Brien arrives at Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s residence on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 05:52 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

BJP plans outreach programmes for new ministers

Called the Jan Ashirwad Rally, the three-day events are being carefully curated so that they underline the social message sent out by last month’s cabinet expansion that expanded the council of ministers to 77.

After the Cabinet reshuffle on July 7. (PTI)
After the Cabinet reshuffle on July 7. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 10, 2021 05:29 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Day after his 73rd birthday, Sibal set to host Opposition leaders on Monday

Sharad Pawar, Derek O’Brien, Omar Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav, and Lalu Prasad are likely to make an appearance.

Day after his 73rd birthday, Sibal set to host Opposition leaders on Monday
Day after his 73rd birthday, Sibal set to host Opposition leaders on Monday
Updated on Aug 09, 2021 05:21 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

OBC list: Centre moves to give states the power

The new bill effectively nullifies the top court’s decision, which triggered protests by state governments and OBC groups. In India, separate OBC lists are drawn up by the Centre and each state concerned.

This marks the third time in as many years that the central government has brought legislation to effectively rollback a decision of the Supreme Court relating to lower castes.(HT PHOTO)
This marks the third time in as many years that the central government has brought legislation to effectively rollback a decision of the Supreme Court relating to lower castes.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 05, 2021 04:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

BJP reinforces embrace of ‘outside’ political talent

BJP acknowledges that it’s a new trend to keep up with the demand for leaders at a time when expansion has been at a frenetic pace.

Basavaraj Bommai, the new Karnataka chief minister. (PTI)
Basavaraj Bommai, the new Karnataka chief minister. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 02, 2021 08:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Buzz over Prashant Kishor’s Congress entry grows

Whispers to the effect have grown louder in Congress circles although neither the party nor Kishor have said anything on the record.

Poll strategist Prashant Kishore. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
Poll strategist Prashant Kishore. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Jul 29, 2021 02:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Why I went to the SC on Pegasus: MP John Brittas

The first time MP, who served as Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s media advisor, spoke to HT about the Pegasus row and why he turned to the apex court for a probe into the controversy

MP John Brittas. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
MP John Brittas. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jul 28, 2021 05:39 PM IST

Centre must give a categorical response to Pegasus row: Justice B N Srikrishna

Justice Srikrishna, who was appointed by this government to identify and address issues in data protection in India in 2017, described the response of the government, which has thus far denied its involvement in any illegal surveillance as “unsatisfactory”.

A consortium of 17 media organisations, including The Guardian, The Washington Post and India’s The Wire, had said a phone hacking software known as Pegasus was used to target potentially thousands of people around the world.(PTI)
A consortium of 17 media organisations, including The Guardian, The Washington Post and India’s The Wire, had said a phone hacking software known as Pegasus was used to target potentially thousands of people around the world.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 22, 2021 01:12 AM IST
By, New Delhi

It was a difficult decision to stop kanwar yatra: Uttarakhand CM Dhami

I think people understand where we are coming from. If you believe in God as I do, you know that human life is more precious. God will not approve of this, said the Uttarakhand CM

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. (PTI)
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 16, 2021 03:11 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Congress revival plans focus of Kishor’s meet with Gandhis

According to the Congress leaders cited above, Rahul Gandhi has told Kishor that if he was interested in helping Congress win elections, he should join the party and do so from within the organisation.

Prashant Kishor(PTI)
Prashant Kishor(PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2021 05:27 AM IST
ByAnisha Dutta, , New Delhi

Nishank resigned as education minister just ahead of NEP completing a year

Popularly known as Nishank, a pseudonym he used as a poet, he took charge of the crucial education ministry in the second term of the Modi government in 2019

Former Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ . (PTI)
Former Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ . (PTI)
Updated on Jul 08, 2021 09:39 AM IST

New Cabinet portfolios overlap to boost work efficiency

The distribution of portfolios was announced hours after 43 ministers were sworn in and the new council of ministers was a mix of fresh faces and experienced hands with a focus on harnessing effectiveness.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves after a function at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters following a state election in New Delhi, India.(AP file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves after a function at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters following a state election in New Delhi, India.(AP file photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 01:49 AM IST

New Cabinet portfolios overlap to boost work efficiency

New Delhi: Thirty Cabinet ministers and two ministers of state with independent charge will handle all Union ministries as the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government moved on Wednesday to create synergies between departments with similar or overlapping domains and break silos to boost work efficiency

HT Image
HT Image
Published on Jul 08, 2021 12:53 AM IST
BySunetra Choudhury and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Stan Swamy’s death exposes the state of the elderly in India’s prisons

Just as Swamy foretold his death during his medical bail hearing in May to the Bombay high court, suffering as he was from a progressive neurological disorder like Parkinson’s, there is a growing elderly population in prisons that struggles to get basic health care needs

Members of The Bombay Catholic Sabha hold a memorial mass outside St. Peter's Church in Bandra on Tuesday for rights activist and Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, who died on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Members of The Bombay Catholic Sabha hold a memorial mass outside St. Peter's Church in Bandra on Tuesday for rights activist and Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, who died on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 07, 2021 12:42 PM IST

Will follow any decision by Sonia Gandhi, says Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Captain Amarinder Singh also avoided commenting on Navjot Sidhu, the cricketer and TV personality who is his biggest detractor with the party, and who seemingly enjoys the patronage of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, both of whom separately met Gandhi ahead of her meeting with Singh.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh speaks to media after meeting Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, at her residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh speaks to media after meeting Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, at her residence in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jul 07, 2021 03:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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