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.

Dr Anupam Hazra’s bhalo naam, may be Anupam but his daak naam, is Anup. In Bangla, bhalo naam is the formal name and daak naam nickname. [Read more]

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The first thing I noticed about Bhagwant Mann was his turban. It was not the yellow colour, given that MPs are prone to wear very bright and often fluorescent colour turbans. [Read more]

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I had attended Gaurav Gogoi’s wedding reception in New Delhi. I didn’t know him then, like I don’t now. My connection is his father, Tarun Gogoi, currently chief minister of Assam.

What struck me at the wedding reception that Tarun Gogoi held for his son was his humility. He was not on stage like most parents are when their children wed. He stood at the entrance welcoming everyone personally. And he stood alone, no aides, or paraphernalia, i.e. simply a cane chair on which he sat when he got a breather from the unending stream of visitors. Gogoi was at the gate till the very end. There was, therefore, no chance of slipping away after registering your presence at the event.

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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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