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.

The business bug may have hit Jayadev Galla because of his father but his plunge into politics is thanks to his mother. That he did not join films despite being connected to icons in the Telugu film industry is another matter. [Read more]

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Union minister Babul Supriyo treats his ministership as his second child: one who may have come in late but is loved none the less. [Read more]

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It was a famous dialogue from an equally famous film that connected film star-turned politician Sandhya Roy to her fans and later the electorate in her constituency in Medinipur, formerly Midnapore in West Bengal. [Read more]

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Anyone in Delhi who is a somebody knows Pavan Varma. A former diplomat turned politician, Pavan is a familiar face in Delhi’s social and literary circles. [Read more]

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For someone who works under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kiren Rijiju may not wish the comparison lest it ruffles feathers or generates unnecessary controversy but, to me, he came across as Chota Modi, a younger version of the Prime Minister.

I have several reasons to say this. [Read more]

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