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

BJP banked on fresh faces to win heartland state polls

The party emerged victorious in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, trouncing the Congress.

While the BJP was able to wrest power from the Congress by using new faces in Chhattisgarh, in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, the party fielded just 40 fresh candidates in the 230 seat assembly (Arun Sharma/HT)
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 06:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Pranab knew he wouldn’t become PM,’ daughter’s book on ex-Prez

The new book by Sharmishtha Mukherjee explores her father, former President Pranab Mukherjee’s political journey from a lawmaker to country's top brass

Written by his daughter Sharmishtha Mukherjee and titled Pranab, My Father, the book draws on his diaries and conversations with his daughter. (HT Archive)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 08:47 AM IST

Unsavoury words were used against me... MP results have silenced them: Scindia

Jyotiraditya Scindia whose move to BJP in 2020 saw it return to power after losing the 2018 elections, spoke to HT on stunning performance in MP and road ahead.

Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia in Bhopal on November 9. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 02:28 AM IST

BJP plans OBC survey to blunt Opposition’s caste census campaign

The BJP has changed its strategy – from avoiding the topic altogether, to an endorsement of the survey

The BJP's central election committee decided on November 1 that the party would announce an Other Backward Classes (OBC) survey(PTI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 01:14 PM IST
By, New Delhi

HT Interview: By Dec 2024, you will have the entire temple, says Nripendra Misra

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22, with the first phase of construction to be completed by then.

Nripendra Misra (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 07:54 AM IST

What’s at stake for Congress: Polls put caste census demand, INDIA to test

The issue has been a rallying cry for the party, with Rahul Gandhi making it his single-point agenda at all his press conferences and public speeches

The assembly elections may be the first indicator of whether the Congress’s gambit of taking up the issue of the caste census. (File photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2023 09:03 AM IST

Bihar caste survey: Opposition sees scope for new narrative, poll dividends

With Bihar releasing headline numbers of the caste survey on Monday, the movement appears to have acquired more momentum

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar demanded a caste survey as early as 2021 (HT)
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 08:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

It will not be easy to draft Constitution today: Nariman in book

It won’t be easy to draft a new Constitution for India today, one of India’s most respected jurists Fali Nariman writes in his new book “ You Must Know Your Constitution”.

Jurist Fali Nariman’s comments come at a time when some right wing intellectuals have raised questions about the current Constitution, and asked whether its basic structure can be changed. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 07:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

HT Interview: If Oppn fights together, we are going to succeed, says Kharge

The 81-year-old is feeling quietly confident about the upcoming five state assembly polls

Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 07:19 AM IST

INDIA group will edge BJP out in ’24: Kharge

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge believes that the INDIA alliance will succeed in the upcoming elections, citing voting patterns and data. He also dismissed controversy over his absence from a recent G20 dinner, stating that he is of cabinet rank and not comparable to BJP party chief JP Nadda. Kharge also accused the BJP of using the upcoming special session of Parliament as a campaign tool. He expressed confidence in the alliance's unity and said that even if seat-sharing talks are 90% successful, the alliance will have an edge over the BJP. Kharge refused to comment on the topic of sanatana dharma.

Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 11:58 PM IST

Canada PM Justin Trudeau still stuck in India after plane glitch

The plane involved in the current debacle is a CC-150 Polaris, one of several modified Airbus A310-300 the Canadian armed forces uses for its VIPs.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stuck in India owing to plane glitch. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 12, 2023 08:06 AM IST

HT interview: Felt G20 consensus won’t be reached multiple times, says Kant

The Indian G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant was exhausted and relieved at having achieved what was considered impossible earlier last week -- a joint declaration.

G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 06:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi:

Rohini Commission may recommend key changes to OBC quota policy

The report, which is more than 1,000-pages long, is divided in two parts.

Justice G Rohini Commission’s report , which is more than 1,000-page long, is divided in two parts -- the first deals with how the OBC quota should be allocated; and the second is an updated list of all 2,633 OBC castes across the country. (HT Archives)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 08:04 AM IST

BJP grapples with CM-face question on Rajasthan poll terrain

Bharatiya Janata Party’s parivartan yatras will mark the official launch of the election campaign in Rajasthan.

The upcoming assembly elections will be the first one in 20 years where Vasundhara Raje is not the party’s chief ministerial face (Sanjib Kumar Dutta)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 02:59 AM IST

HT interview | ‘Wanted to be Cong chief; it’s a 100 times better job’: Gehlot

Gehlot said he is confident of repeating his 1998 feat of winning 153 seats in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly

Rajasthan chief minsiter Ashok Gehlot (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 04:25 AM IST

Face recognition tech for MPs at new Parliament

Apart from face scans, other biometrics have also been collected from parliamentarians in case the facial recognition system fails.

According to the new system, media cards will allow access to an adjacent North Utility building that will have, among other things, a canteen and a facilities room.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 04:30 PM IST
By, New Delhi

YSRCP decides to support NDA on Delhi services bill

YSRCP has decided to back the Narendra Modi government when it brings the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 10:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Clamour grows for CM’s ouster; disquiet in BJP

Calls for the removal of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh are growing after his government's response to a sexual assault case was deemed lax. A video of two women being assaulted and paraded naked went viral, prompting nationwide outcry. Singh, who is from the dominant Meitei community, has faced criticism for his handling of the case and his perceived bias towards his own community. Pressure on Singh has been mounting for some time, with some BJP leaders and opposition parties calling for his resignation.

Manipur CM N Biren Singh on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 11:58 PM IST

Bengaluru: Never-before-seen scenes at Oppn meet as unlikely allies join hands

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee reserved her warmest reference for former Congress president Rahul Gandhi during her address, terming him “our favourite”

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee interacts with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during Opposition parties meet, in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 09:16 AM IST

Sena, Ajit’s faction may join NDA meet on July 18

As HT reported on June 10, the BJP is attempting to recreate the old NDA in its 25th year anniversary

This will be the first meeting of the ruling coalition in the last one year. (HT)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 12:24 AM IST
By, New Delhi

HT interview| Mother tongue key, English can’t be barrier: Dharmendra Pradhan

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that the NCERT has removed “mischievous” topics from the textbooks during its rationalisation exercise.

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 04:35 AM IST

Only repetitive, mischievous topics removed from books: Dharmendra Pradhan

In an interview with HT, Pradhan also said that a focus on mother tongue in early childhood education is necessary in a country such as India.

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan addresses a programme marking the completion of 9 years of PM Modi-led central government, in New Delhi, Sunday.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2023 12:07 AM IST

BJP steps up efforts to build alliance before 2024 general elections

Many parties are eager to join the NDA and the NCP has just taken the lead, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said in Kangra on Tuesday.

BJP steps up game to make alliances and get a strong foothold ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2024. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 04:18 AM IST

Many NCP MLAs wanted to tie-up with BJP... Sharad Pawar knew this: Praful Patel

NCP parliamentarian Praful Patel said he doesn’t acknowledge his sacking by Sharad Pawar as he had acted according to the wishes of party colleagues.

NCP leader Praful Patel. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 12:29 AM IST

‘Shiv Sena was more rabid’: Praful Patel defends NCP move to back BJP govt

Praful Patel said the NCP's decision to tie up with BJP was being mulled over for the past year and even Sharad Pawar was aware of their moves

interview Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel acknowledged that there were major differences in the organisation which led to Sunday’s exit (ANI)
Updated on Jul 03, 2023 09:51 PM IST

Decision on Congress working committee likely this week

The announcement, likely in early July, is also expected to include new heads of all frontal organisations such as the National Students Union of India.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and K.C. Venugopal, and Telangana Congress President Revanth Reddy.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 27, 2023 04:49 AM IST

Hit, but not politically: Water mission gives BJP planners food for thought

BJP's internal surveys reveal that voters give full credit to Modi government's housing for all scheme, but are indifferent about the Jal Jeevan Mission.

HT Image
Updated on Jun 17, 2023 06:34 PM IST

BJP looks to bring old allies on board for 25 years of NDA

The BJP won 282 seats on its own in 2014, and the NDA together, 336; in 2019, the BJP won 303 and the NDA 352

The SAD walked out of the NDA in 2020 in protest against the proposed farm laws which were subsequently retracted by the Modi government (PTI)
Updated on Jun 10, 2023 12:33 PM IST

8 days before Odisha accident, Railway board briefed on safety-first approach

The national transporter showcased an index based on the number of accidents per million train kilometres.

A rescue and search operation being conducted at the accident site in Odisha’s Balasore district, on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 05:37 AM IST

Team PK, and where they are now

A band of election strategists who started out with Prashant Kishor are in high demand. Meet four of them, including one who just became chief advisor to a CM

Though 46-year-old Kishor moved from advising netas to becoming one himself, the field of political consultancy is now led by a handful of highly-sought after members of his original I-PAC team(PTI)
Published on Jun 04, 2023 12:31 PM IST
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