About Kumkum Chadha

Kumkum Chadha has written about all kinds of politicians: good, bad and the uncouth. At a time when there were not many women reporters in national dailies, it was tough for men to take women reporters seriously. Politicians rarely did. Kumkum joined Hindustan Times in 1976 and has written extensively on politics, crime and gender.

If her father helped get his people the state of Telangana, his daughter Kavitha Kalvakuntla helped them identify with Bathukamma – a nearly extinct festival in the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh.

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The first time I saw Neelam Sonkar in Parliament I thought she had come to witness the swearing-in of her husband or a relative. A few days on, when I saw her again I concluded that she was accompanying her husband to get a sense of what Parliament was all about. [Read more]

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Three years ago, Ninong Ering locked horns with yoga guru Ramdev. At that point in time, Ramdev was touring the country and organising yoga camps. [Read more]

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Butta Renuka — I don’t know why her name follows her husband’s family name — sells more jewellery than she actually wears.

Even though one cannot miss the dainty diamond bracelet and earrings that she routinely wears, the fact remains that she underplays her riches. Till she told me about her assets, I had no clue that she was a successful businesswoman. [Read more]

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Chirag Paswan was, at one point in time, referred to as the opposition’s Rahul Gandhi. [Read more]

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