The Superwoman of the Kargil War: Barkha Dutt

Barkha: As a Personality


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Barkha Dutt, a renowned name, and the most versatile journalist of India. She is also active in TV Journalism and contributes as a columnist. She currently works as a group editor in NDTV. She also writes a column for Hindustan Times, called “Third Eye”.

She was born on 18th December, 1971. She took her birth in the heart of the country, New Delhi, to Prabha Dutt and S.P. Dutt (an officer in Air India). She has a younger sister Bahar Dutt, who is also a journalist, working for the channel CNN IBN.

The Scholastic Credentials

She did her schooling From Modern School, New Delhi and studied English Literature from St. Stephan’s College, Delhi. She received her Master’s degree in Mass Communication, from one of the most renowned university for journalism- Jamia Milia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center, New Delhi.

At the early age, she commenced her journalistic career with NDTV, because of her talented journalistic skills; she rose to be the chief of the English news wing. She also received the Master’s degree in Journalism from the best schools of the States, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, at New York.

Awards & Achievements

She gained prominence from the live coverage of the Kargil War in the year 1999, which also included a personal interview with Captain Vikram Batra (he was awarded by the Paramveer Chakra for his performance in the Kargil War). Since then, she has covered conflicts in Pakistan, Kashmir, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Her contribution in journalism, leaded her towards winning several national and international rewards. She is honored with the Padma Shri award from the Government of India in 2008, for the coverage of Tsunami in 2004. She also won the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Award for the journalists of the year 2007. She also got the Indian Television award for the best anchoring for five consecutive years. She was listed in top 100 of ‘Global Leader of Tomorrow’ list, prepared by the World Economic Forum.

The Shades

The controversies come with fame, and the same happened to Barkha Dutt. At the time when she was covering the Kargil War, she was blamed that she was compromising with the safety of the troops, by giving the troop locations. She received criticism after the sensational coverage of terrorist attacks in Mumbai. She was involved in the 2G lobbying, and Neera Radia Tapes’ Controversy.

In 2010, she was appointed as a member of India’s National Integration Council, and was Asia Society’s Fellow too in 2006. Not only this, at the International Advisory Council of the Asian Society, she contributed through her flair and ability.

Earned Name in B-Town

She is the idol for every female journalist, who wants to be a reporter or a news anchor. We can see our very own Indian film industry, portraying her character in the films. She is been portrayed by Priety Zinta, as a Kargil War reporter in the film, Lakshaya, directed by Farhan Akhtar. She was also the model for the principal protagonist in the political novel, ‘The Peddler of Soaps’, by writer and activist Anand Kurian. Recently in 2010, the role played by Rani Mukherjee in the film ‘No One Killed, Jessica’, was also based on her career.