About Kumkum Chadha

Kumkum Chadha has  interacted and covered all kinds of politicians: good, bad, crude and uncouth. At a time when there were not many women reporters in national dailies, it was not easy to get men to take women reporters seriously. Particularly politicians. Joined Hindustan Times in 1976 and is currently its Editor National News.

I had attended Gaurav Gogoi’s wedding reception in New Delhi. I didn’t know him then, like I don’t now. My connection is his father, Tarun Gogoi, currently chief minister of Assam.

What struck me at the wedding reception that Tarun Gogoi held for his son was his humility. He was not on stage like most parents are when their children wed. He stood at the entrance welcoming everyone personally. And he stood alone, no aides, or paraphernalia, i.e. simply a cane chair on which he sat when he got a breather from the unending stream of visitors. Gogoi was at the gate till the very end. There was, therefore, no chance of slipping away after registering your presence at the event.

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Meenakshi Lekhi was initially dubbed as one of Narendra Modi’s favourite women, others being Nirmala Sitharaman and Smriti Irani. After Modi was elected Prime Minister, Nirmala and Smriti were inducted in the Cabinet, leaving Lekhi out in the cold. [Read more]

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First-time MP Poonam Mahajan talks about the controversial men in her family; her fascination for a Mont Blanc pen that her father denied her; and sharing her birthday with the BJP. [Read more]

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The latest Cabinet reshuffle may have cost Trinamool Congress Mukul Roy the Railways portfolio but he stood his ground when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked him to visit two train accident sites: in Uttar Pradesh and Assam respectively. [Read more]

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Sanjay Baru, formerly media adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, says that Dr Singh lacks the political authority that he needs to be Prime Minister. [Read more]

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