Barkha Dutt is consulting editor, NDTV, and founding member, Ideas Collective. She tweets as @BDUTT.
Articles by Barkha Dutt
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2018 05:29 PM IST
As a proud feminist I do not accept that tradition and custom can remain frozen in time
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2018 08:04 AM IST
At the moment, it is Mayawati who is stitching together a state-by-state patchwork quilt of partnerships - the Gowdas in Karnataka, Jogi in central India and the Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana.
Experimenting with the security apparatus, like the transfer of SP Vaid, isn’t in Kashmir’s interest | Barkha Dutt
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 09:51 AM IST
It is believed that one of the controversies that cost SP Vaid his job was the swap deal the Jammu and Kasmir police were compelled to make: releasing relatives of terrorists in exchange for the release of kidnapped family members of local policemen.
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 05:30 PM IST
India wanted to assert its self reliance; the scale of its economy and the end of any donor-driven influence. But India is not going around asking anyone for help; the offers have come from other nations on their own.
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 07:47 PM IST
Stung by defeat, some Opposition MPs are privately wondering why the election for Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson was fought at all
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 09:08 AM IST
The weak link in the chain is Bihar where Nitish Kumar has started making discernible murmurs against the BJP just a year after he abandoned his alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav. But Lalu’s son Tejaswi is almost more dismissive of Nitish than he is of Modi, telling me, that there is no way they can work with “Chacha Paltu” again.
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2018 02:22 PM IST
If a new political force is born from the chaos and contradictions of Kashmir politics today, Delhi should welcome it. And the other two Valley-based parties should stop complaining. If Delhi is to blame for the lack of forward movement in Kashmir today; so are they.
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2018 05:24 PM IST
As the state spiralled into free-fall, I saw the former CM become the very opposite of what I have known her to be
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 02:48 PM IST
Else, as Shujaat’s assassination shows us, things could become entirely irretrievable
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 10:39 AM IST
The party that will be hurt the most by the ascent of regional forces and their localised identities will be the Congress. Most likely the political fault line in 2019 will be Hindutva vs Caste disruptions
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 10:23 AM IST
By focusing too much on personality-centric narratives, the Opposition is walking straight into a trap set by Amit Shah and Narendra Modi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2018 11:40 AM IST
The division between the two parties only makes India’s most sensitive state that much more vulnerable. Terrorism, the embrace of militancy by locals, religious radicalisation, Hindu-Muslim communalisation, jingoism, hysterical television channels, a collapse of any space for dialogue - all of it is terrible news.
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 07:13 PM IST
My problem with it is that it reinforces the hush-hush element to our conversation about sexual violence. It subliminally signals that silence or discreet whispers is the way to talk about rape
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 08:22 PM IST
Facebook is on the mat for a breach that impacted 87 million users globally and these are all welcome measures to enable the start of a long overdue conversation about privacy in India where the laws needed to protect it still don’t exist
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2018 07:41 AM IST
The Delhi CM’s apology spree erodes the very foundation on which his party was built
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2018 07:10 PM IST
All politicians should keep their distance from this sensitive case. This is no time for point-scoring or political sloganeering. We cannot forget that in the end this is about a young girl who took her ponies to graze near a village pond when she was kidnapped, drugged, brutalised and dumped in the thick of the forests. She was a child
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2018 07:11 PM IST
The elections in 2019 may be different from the one in 2014, in one fundamental way — a suddenly re-energised Congress has learnt some of the same tricks of the trade that Narendra Modi used to demolish it
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2018 07:39 PM IST
Irrespective of whether or not Padmaavat is a fine film, by refusing to publicly take on the frenzied bigotry of the Karni Sena, Bollywood has opened itself up to similar lunatic threats in the future
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2018 11:55 PM IST
No matter what your political ideology is, as citizens, we must reject status quo as a response to this judicial crisis. The Supreme Court has been our moral conscience; it has upheld individual liberty as part of the right to privacy, struck down triple talaq, shown a determination to decriminalise homosexuality, recognised the rights of transgenders and has almost always been more liberal and brave than our elected leaders in delivering justice
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2017 08:02 AM IST
The BJP’s victory in Gujarat reinforces the primacy of Narendra Modi as first among equals but it also shows that the other side has upped its game.
Gujarat elections: Pakistan spectre, talk of Rahul Gandhi’s Hindu credentials worrying, writes Barkha Dutt
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2017 09:23 AM IST
The disturbing bit was for the Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala to claim that Gandhi was not just a Hindu; he was a ‘janeu-dhari’ believer. This referencing of the ‘sacred thread’ with all its upper caste connotations was a desperate me-too moment for the Congress that militated against its claim of being a party for the Dalits, minorities and tribals
By Barkha Dutt
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2017 08:49 AM IST
The Soldier is not a ‘stepney’ to be brought in every time the vehicle of civil administration develops a snag; he is not a spare part meant to fix faulty administrative performances.
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2017 08:20 AM IST
He was that rare entity in Indian politics — a genuinely democratic leader who made space for some dissent and did not personalise media criticism of him. As the second tenure of the UPA descended into chaos and corruption scandals I was among the many journalists who became unsparing in my criticism of his leadership. But not once did he hold that against me or anyone else or clamp down on information routes or reporting access to officials in the Prime Minister’s office
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2017 01:33 PM IST
This campaign video is important because after the relentless and caricatured demonisation of the ordinary Kashmiri by primetime prejudice, here is finally an alternative view that humanises and validates the warmth of the Kashmir I know and love
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2017 06:04 PM IST
Gauri Lankesh, a critic of Hindu extremism, who was shot dead at her house in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening. Her murder is an insurmountable loss to critical journalism in India.
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2017 07:31 AM IST
How the right to privacy will be applied specifically will obviously be decided on a case by case basis. But by conflating privacy with dignity, diversity, dissent, choice and freedom, the court has widened the issue to a reading of first principles.
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2017 06:47 PM IST
Ahmed Patel’s victory in the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election — met with distinctly noticeable silence on social media by Rahul Gandhi — has exposed the internal fault-lines within the party.
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2017 02:35 PM IST
Not only is the Congress, with its present set of weapons and ammunition, not battle-ready to take on the BJP; it isn’t even equipped any longer to lead the opposition.
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2017 09:06 PM IST
Rajnath Singh, Mehbooba Mufti, Salim Sheikh and the people of the state make me optimistic
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2017 08:07 PM IST
In the sharply polarised Kashmir valley, where jingoists and separatists have hijacked the discourse, squeezing out every inch of nuance, I cannot think of a single group that is more endangered by all sides than the Jammu and Kashmir police.