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.

It was in the corridors of Parliament that a chance remark by a senior MP unnerved Poonam Madam. [Read more]

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Dushyant Chautala’s first reaction after watching biopic Mary Kom was to bring out his boxing gloves and go back into the ring.

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Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore did not come across as interesting as I had thought he would.

I had, before I started chatting with him, thought he would narrate several anecdotes and interesting turns his life has taken. I thought he would lace them in humour and come out with wise cracks but it was just the opposite. Even when he attempted a joke, it was with a burdened smile.

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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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