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.

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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Kinjarapu Yeerannaidu, a force to reckon with in Andhra Pradesh politics, was paranoid about driving. His daughter, Bhavani, inherited his fear. [Read more]

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Vivek Gupta was born during the Emergency. Those were days of press censorship and his family-owned newspaper also experienced tough times. [Read more]

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