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.

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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BJP President Nitin Gadkari’s call to revive the mandir agenda could not have been more ill timed. [Read more]

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