Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury is the National Political Editor of the Hindustan Times. With over two decades of experience in print and television, she has authored Black Warrant (Roli,2019), Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous (Roli,2017) and Braking News (Hachette, 2010). Sunetra is the recipient of the Red Ink award in journalism in 2016 and Mary Morgan Hewett award in 2018.

Articles by Sunetra Choudhury

Centre asks ministries for details of clubs, institutes under them

The Union government has sought from ministries details of the functioning of Gandhian institutes, clubs, and conference centres, according to an official note

The Delhi Gymkhana Club, one of the oldest clubs in India. (HT Archive)
The Delhi Gymkhana Club, one of the oldest clubs in India. (HT Archive)
Updated on Nov 17, 2022 01:05 PM IST

Govt draws plan to mark Patel birth anniversary; CAPFs to take part

The Centre is planning a large-scale event involving all paramilitary forces, and across all districts in the country, to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31

Ahmedabad, India - October 31, 2018: A view of the statue of the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, during its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, five years after work began on the world’s tallest statue, in Narmada district of Gujarat, India on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Siddharaj Solanki / HindustanTimes)
Ahmedabad, India - October 31, 2018: A view of the statue of the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, during its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, five years after work began on the world’s tallest statue, in Narmada district of Gujarat, India on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (Photo by Siddharaj Solanki / HindustanTimes)
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 05:03 AM IST

Cong prez polls: Kharge, Tharoor’s nomination papers present contrasting stories

The nomination papers filed by Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition (LoP) Mallikarjun Kharge and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor for the Congress presidential election on Friday were studies in contrast.

Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor shows his documents as he files his nomination papers for Congress party president election at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Friday. (AP)
Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor shows his documents as he files his nomination papers for Congress party president election at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Oct 01, 2022 05:04 AM IST

Panel pulls up 3 MLAs, does not blame Gehlot

A Congress panel on Tuesday accused three Rajasthan legislators of indiscipline but didn’t blame Ashok Gehlot for the turmoil, people aware of developments said, potentially giving the observers and the chief minister some manoeuvring space to resolve the crisis engulfing the party and its upcoming presidential poll.

Gehlot (back to camera) meets ministers and MLAs in Jaipur. (ANI)
Gehlot (back to camera) meets ministers and MLAs in Jaipur. (ANI)
Published on Sep 27, 2022 11:42 PM IST

Congress poll: Gehlot likely to file nomination after leadership crisis is over

Lawmakers loyal to Gehlot have threatened to bring the government down unless they get to pick his successor

Ashok Gehlot was expected to file his nomination for the Congress president’s election on Monday. (PTI)
Ashok Gehlot was expected to file his nomination for the Congress president’s election on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 12:23 PM IST

Gehlot’s supporters want announcement of his successor postponed till Oct 19

Congress’s central observers Ajay Maken said there seems to be a conflict of interest as a resolution authorises the party chief to take the final decision and that Gehlot could be the Congress president by then

Congress lawmakers outside Rajasthan assembly speaker CP Joshi’s residence. (PTI)
Congress lawmakers outside Rajasthan assembly speaker CP Joshi’s residence. (PTI)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 10:05 AM IST

Congress observers expected to meet Sonia Gandhi today amid Rajasthan crisis

Rajasthan Crisis: Scores of MLAs - in late-night drama - submitted their resignations to speakers.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI Photo)
Published on Sep 26, 2022 09:58 AM IST

Oppn may try different coalitions, but can’t match Modi’s popularity: Thakur

There is no real challenger to the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his politics of development, Union minister Anurag Thakur told HT in an interview.

interview Union minister for information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur.(PTI file photo)
Union minister for information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Sep 24, 2022 11:06 AM IST

An officer and a lady: 30-year fight for equality in the armed forces

It's been an epic journey, especially for the 615 women who fought for permanent commission because the Ministry of Defence only allowed women to work for Short Service Commissions (SSC) which was initially just five years of service and then was gradually increased to 14 years of service.

(L-R) Squadron Leader Varlin Pawar, Squadron Leader Sumedha Chopra, Lt. Commander Seema Verma and Greeshma Mannari.
(L-R) Squadron Leader Varlin Pawar, Squadron Leader Sumedha Chopra, Lt. Commander Seema Verma and Greeshma Mannari.
Published on Sep 06, 2022 09:52 AM IST

Five factors that led to Congress's decline over the years

In this edition of the First Voice Last Word, our weekly podcast on politics, Hindustan Times takes a deeper look at what has led to this decline.

in-Depth The Congress is confronting its most serious crisis in its electoral history since 1951. (HT file)
The Congress is confronting its most serious crisis in its electoral history since 1951. (HT file)
Updated on Aug 29, 2022 09:24 PM IST

‘I joined Congress 51 years ago….feel’: Anand Sharma

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Sharma lashed out at the top leadership for “humiliating” him by not consulting or inviting him to core party meetings.

Former Union minister and prominent G23 leader Anand Sharma.(File photo)
Former Union minister and prominent G23 leader Anand Sharma.(File photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2022 11:25 AM IST

Will BJP rule for the next 30 years?

On HT podcast 'First Voice, Last Word', union minister Bhupendra Yadav helps decode Bharatiya Janata Party's strategy, from ideological roots to the Modi magic.

How did the BJP go from launching in 1980 to ruling not just the centre, but 19 out of 28 states? Read here.(AFP)
How did the BJP go from launching in 1980 to ruling not just the centre, but 19 out of 28 states? Read here.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2022 07:16 PM IST

President poll result hints at waning impact of Opposition

The Bhartiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance(NDA) started out by being just short of the winning mark at 49% or 533,751 votes of the total 1,086,431 votes in the electoral college

As the extent of Sinha’s loss became clear, many leaders admitted that choosing a former BJP leader to run against the BJP, was not a very good idea (PTI)
As the extent of Sinha’s loss became clear, many leaders admitted that choosing a former BJP leader to run against the BJP, was not a very good idea (PTI)
Updated on Jul 22, 2022 05:48 AM IST

Uniting Opposition is the most crucial thing at the moment: Margaret Alva

Alva faces a tough task as the Opposition’s candidate for the Vice-President’s post with the NDA candidate Jagdeep Dhankar enjoying a comfortable majority in the electoral college

interview  Margaret Alva with Mallikarjun Kharge, Tiruchi Siva, Vaiko and other opposition leaders after filing her nomination papers at Parliament House, in New Delhi.(PTI)
 Margaret Alva with Mallikarjun Kharge, Tiruchi Siva, Vaiko and other opposition leaders after filing her nomination papers at Parliament House, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2022 01:17 PM IST

Why Kartikeya Sharma’s RS nomination in Haryana may queer the pitch for Congress

Kartikeya Sharma’s last-minute nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections in Haryana has revived memories of 2016 when 12 Congress MLAs were disqualified on the ground that they used the wrong type of ink

Kartikeya Sharma, who filed his nomination for a Rajya Sabha seat from Haryana, is founder of iTV Network, the founder of Pro Wrestling League and Indian Arena Polo League, according to his company website
Kartikeya Sharma, who filed his nomination for a Rajya Sabha seat from Haryana, is founder of iTV Network, the founder of Pro Wrestling League and Indian Arena Polo League, according to his company website
Updated on May 31, 2022 04:44 PM IST

Just like Aryan Khan, I'm victim of a made-up case: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren is under fire from the opposition over a case pertaining to alleged irregularities in the grant of mining lease. When questioned, Soren accused the BJP of vendetta.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(HT photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren.(HT photo)
Updated on May 29, 2022 07:09 PM IST

Behind the scenes of Jayant Chaudhary and Kapil Sibal's Rajya Sabha nomination 

SP deciding to back the RLD chief and former Congress leader for the Rajya Sabha polls was a tactical call.  

Sibal (right) is contesting as an independent while Chaudhary is doing so on RLD's symbol. 
Sibal (right) is contesting as an independent while Chaudhary is doing so on RLD's symbol. 
Published on May 27, 2022 01:42 PM IST

'There’s no question of joining other party': Kapil Sibal

Kapil Sibal was among the leading members of the group called G 23 within the Congress, which has since August 2020 sought wide-ranging reforms.

Special Former Congress leader Kapil Sibal files nomination for Rajya Sabha elections. (PTI)
Former Congress leader Kapil Sibal files nomination for Rajya Sabha elections. (PTI)
Updated on May 26, 2022 11:48 AM IST

‘We admit certain miscalculations on our part’: Himachal CM Jairam Thakur

In the run-up to the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections at the end of this year, the focus is on the incumbent BJP’s main challengers: the Congress, which tasted success in recent bypolls, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) looking to repeat its stellar performance in Punjab

New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur calls on Union Power Minister R.K. Singh, at Shramshakti Bhavan, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
New Delhi, Mar 11 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur calls on Union Power Minister R.K. Singh, at Shramshakti Bhavan, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on May 24, 2022 03:21 PM IST

Regional parties may be biggest gainers in upcoming Rajya Sabha elections

An analysis of Rajya Sabha seats that will go to elections on June 10 in 15 states shows that regional parties such as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the YSR Congress Party and the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) stand to gain by increasing their tally from the current 25 to 27 seats out of the 57.

The biggest gainers in the upcoming elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats will likely not be the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) but regional parties. (HT ile)
The biggest gainers in the upcoming elections to 57 Rajya Sabha seats will likely not be the Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) but regional parties. (HT ile)
Updated on May 21, 2022 12:03 AM IST

Mix of old, new candidates for Rajya Sabha entry as elections near

Among the new entrants is likely to be Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary, with the support of his alliance partner Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named.

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) national president Jayant Chaudhary.(HT File Photo)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) national president Jayant Chaudhary.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2022 01:33 AM IST

Mining lease inadequate reason for Jharkhand CM Soren’s disqualification: Ex-CJI

The Election Commission of India last week sent Soren a notice asking him to explain why he should not be disqualified over the lease

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT PHOTO)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 11, 2022 09:47 AM IST

EC grants CM Soren more time to reply to notice over mine lease

Jharkhand chief minister had written to the ECI on Monday, seeking a four-week extension of time to respond to the notice. The ECI, however, granted Soren 10 days to submit his reply.

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT file photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren. (HT file photo)
Updated on May 11, 2022 08:16 AM IST

Congress section prepares pitch for Rahul to helm ahead of introspection meet

Rahul Gandhi was elected Congress president in December 2017, succeeding mother Sonia Gandhi, and remained in the position till he resigned in May 2019 after the party won only 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.

Ahead of the Congress’ introspection meeting in Udaipur, a section of the party has prepared a pitch for the return of Rahul Gandhi as president. (PTI)
Ahead of the Congress’ introspection meeting in Udaipur, a section of the party has prepared a pitch for the return of Rahul Gandhi as president. (PTI)
Updated on May 08, 2022 05:33 AM IST

Prashant Kishor may float a political party

The political strategist said on Monday that it was ‘time for him to go directly to the people’, creating a buzz in political circles.

Interestingly, Prashant Kishor, who is in Patna was scheduled to meet chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday evening but did not. (ANI)
Interestingly, Prashant Kishor, who is in Patna was scheduled to meet chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday evening but did not. (ANI)
Updated on May 03, 2022 04:54 AM IST

What is Prashant Kishor up to in Bihar?

Kishor’s announcement of ‘Jan Suraaj’ comes at a time when there are murmurs of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar facing an existential crisis within the ruling coalition

Political strategist Prashant Kishor. (HT PHOTO)
Political strategist Prashant Kishor. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 02, 2022 12:59 PM IST

What preceded Kamal Nath’s resignation as MP leader of opposition

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath’s resignation as the leader of the opposition in the state assembly on Thursday comes on the heels of an incident last month.

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath. (ANI)
Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 05:59 AM IST

Kamal Nath quits as CLP leader. Will Congress enforce one-man-one-post for all?

The Congress announced the decision to accept Kamal Nath’s resignation on Thursday. A statement said seven-time MLA Govind Singh had been appointed as the new Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader.

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath’s resignation as leader of the Congress legislature party in Madhya Pradesh was accepted on Thursday. Govind Singh replaces him (ANI)
Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath’s resignation as leader of the Congress legislature party in Madhya Pradesh was accepted on Thursday. Govind Singh replaces him (ANI)
Updated on Apr 29, 2022 12:25 AM IST

Jharkhand secretary responds to EC notice; governor meets PM Modi, Shah

Taking note of a complaint by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the poll body had recently written to state chief secretary Sukhdev Singh seeking “authentication” of the documents related to granting of the mining lease to the chief minister.

Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 05:42 AM IST

Congress may still act on some of Prashant Kishor’s ideas

Meanwhile, a person familiar with happenings on both sides said the door was still open for a deal, and that Kishor and the Congress may well revive their discussions after the Gujarat elections.

Prashant Kishor on Tuesday rejected the Congress’s offer to join the party.
Prashant Kishor on Tuesday rejected the Congress’s offer to join the party.
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 05:47 AM IST
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