Barkha Dutt is an Indian journalist, reporter, and writer. She is famously known for her news reporting during the Kargil War. She worked as a group editor in NDTV and has covered the Taj Mahal Hotel and Oberoi Trident attack in 2008. Dutt has won a number of National and International awards and honor for her news reportings including, Padma Shri, TA Awards for Best Anchor, Indian Telly Awards, Star Guild Award for Best News Anchor and much much more. She is also known as the “Face of the tapes scandal’ and has been taped “Radia Tapes controversy”.

Barkha was the host of the weekly, award-winning talk-show “We The People” as well as the daily prime-time show “The Buck Stops Here.” On January 15, 2017, she reportedly quit her job at NDTV and has requested that she would like to explore some new opportunities. According to NDTV, Dutt also wants to pursue other interests and work on her own ventures.


Barkha Dutt was born on 18 December 1971 in New Delhi, India to S.P Dutt and Prabha Dutt. Her father was an Indian Air Force and her mother was a renowned journalist. Dutt has one sibling, a sister, Bahar Dutt, who is now employed at CNN-IBN as its journalist.

Barkha attended St. Stephen’s College in Chennai and graduated with an English Literature. She completed post-graduation in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center in Delhi. She then moved to the United States through Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarship. Dutt completed another post graduation degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Subsequent to her graduation, Dutt went back to India and began her career at NDTV in 1995.

Flashback to 1999 Kargil War

Life & Career

Barkha Dutt coverage of the 1999 Kargil conflict and a meeting with Captain Vikram Batra, got her to prominence quality in India. She has since reported conflicts in Pakistan, Kashmir, Iraq and Afghanistan.

While covering the occasions of 2002 Gujarat violence, Dutt distinguished attackers and casualties of a mob as “Hindus” and “Muslims” on TV, ridiculing the rules of the Press Council of India. Varadarajan wrote that it was dishonorable for some portion of Barkha Dutt to perceive a politically prepared swarm as “Hindus”.

In the 2012 book “Corruption Free India: Fight to Finish”, Yasir Hussain depicted Barkha Dutt as a controversial and a “professional Sonia Gandhi” journalist. Britta Ohm wrote in 2011 that Dutt has pulled in “substantial criticism” in the course of recent years for her different parts of her reporting.

Dutt was initially group editor of NDTV and in February 2015, she won the role of consulting editor and following 21 years, she quit her job on January 15, 2017.

Barkha Dutt’s speech at The Telegraph National Debate 5th March 2016! Still supporting Anti-Nationals.

2008 Mumbai assaults scope

In 2008, Dutt was reprimanded for her coverage of Mumbai attacks, during which she reported from Oberoi Trident and Taj Mahal Hotel. She was rebuked for sensationalizing the attacks, putting lives at hazard and creating deaths by recognizing on live TV where the guests may be located. In 2012, in a meeting with Madhu Trehan, Dutt guarded herself against Kunte’s feedback and of other people who scrutinized her coverage of the 2008 Mumbai attack and acknowledged that she sent a lawful notice to Kunte.

Radia tapes contention

In November 2010, the OPEN and Outlook magazines released transcripts of some phone discussions between Nira Radia with some senior columnists, government officials, and corporates. The Central Bureau of Investigation declared that they had 5,851 recordings of telephone discussions by Radia, some of which framework Radia’s endeavors to representative arrangements in connection with the 2G range sale.Barkha Dutt’s discussions with Radia were accounted and Dutt turned into the substance of the tapes scandal. On 30 November 2010, Dutt protected herself before a jury of her companions in a broadcast program on NDTV. Dutt apologized over the issue saying it was “an error of judgment” on her part, yet said that she had not enjoyed any wrongdoing. Barkha Dutt’s part in the Radia Tapes did not appear to indicate an individual demonstration but rather an institutional disquietude.”

Oprah Winfrey gestures as she interacts with television journalist Barkha Dutt, during the Jaipur Literature Festival

Honors and awards

Barkha Dutt’s Sunday syndicated program has won the most honors out of any show on Indian TV, winning the Indian Television Academy award for “Best Talk Show” five years consecutively. In 2012, the Association for International Broadcasting granted Dutt the title of “television Personality of the year” with the accompanying reference: “a reporter of considerable stretch and depth, still passionate and fearless in bringing the issues closer to her viewers.” She was the beneficiary of the C H Mohammed Koya National Journalism Award in 2009.In 2008, Dutt got the Indian News Broadcasting Award for the Most Intelligent News Show Host. Dutt got the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association grant for 2007 Journalist of the Year. She was likewise awarded “Best TV News Anchor (English) for her program “We the people” at Indian News Television Awards in 2007.

In 2008, the Indian government granted Barkha Dutt the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, for her coverage of the 2004 Tsunami.

She has twice been named on the rundown of 100 “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” ordered by the World Economic Forum (2001, 2008). She was also among 50 Indians who were 35 or more youthful and recorded for their accomplishments and effect on society in 2005.

In 2010, Dutt was delegated as an individual from India’s National Integration Council. She was named an Asia Society Fellow in 2006 and serves on the International Advisory Council of the Asia Society.

Femina featured NDTV’s star presenter  Barkha Dutt on its cover in a smashing new avatar in August 2010.

Personal Life

According to unverified reports, Barkha Dutt is married twice and co-incidentally, both of her spouses are Kashmiri Muslims. The name of her first spouse was Mr. Mir. There is no data accessible in the public domain about the reason which constrained the couple to get a divorce. In the wake of separating Mir, Barkha Dutt wedded Haseeb Drabu, the current Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir in the PDP-BJP Government headed by Mufti Mohammed Saeed.

Barkha Dutt at home in New Delhi

Dr. Haseeb Drabu is broadly viewed as the best financial expert from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the Chairman of J and K Bank at the wake of his relationship with Dutt. Both began to date and later wedded.