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.

When kids are born, they get a name. But Raghav got both a name and a surname. His parents did not stop at naming him Raghav. They decided to resurrect the long forgotten family name and peg it to their newborn. [Read more]

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In his home state Punjab, Avinash Rai Khanna is likely to be referred to as the boot-polishing MP. His critics may slam the drive as one meant only to grab eyeballs, but Khanna cannot stop talking about its success, some 12 years hence. [Read more]

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Ravneet or Bittu is a Noida boy transported to Punjab where his family has roots. The son of a martyr, Bittu carries his lineage on his sleeve, as it were. His grandfather, Beant Singh, was the chief minister of Punjab.

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When DMK’s Tiruchi Siva moved a private members’ bill in Parliament, he flagged it as a move that needed attention. I remember him walking up to me and telling me that it needed to be written about. This happens very often. MPs usually contact journalists and talk about the issues they speak on in the hope that it would find a mention in the print or electronic media. Many do it because more than the issue, it is their own profile as an MP that they are seeking to push. [Read more]

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Chaudhary Birendra Singh, on more than one occasion, has been seen as the man of the moment. For starters, when he quit the Congress post-Lok Sabha polls he made news. His detractors had then said that he had struck a deal with the BJP and junked his relationship of 40 years with the Congress. [Read more]

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