In short bursts MINDSCAPE

In short bursts

The prospect of my morning exercise routine loomed over me as a stressor. Though I manage stretches...

By Vandana Kohli | October 16, 2017
Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt is an Emmy-nominated reporter, an author and a columnist. One of India's finest journalists, Dutt is a Contributing Editor of THE WEEK.


  • A no is a no is a no

    A no is a no is a no

    By Barkha Dutt | October 01, 2017

    India’s politicians have missed a chance to make history twice. The first was a cowardly refusal (save a few individual murmurs) to legislate on the rights of the homosexual...

  • Constitution above codes

    Constitution above codes

    By Barkha Dutt | September 03, 2017

    Notwithstanding the interesting irony of an all-male bench passing a historic verdict on an issue that Muslim women have fought for on the front lines, the Supreme Court’s...

  • Women who dare to be disliked

    Women who dare to be disliked

    By Barkha Dutt | August 06, 2017

    There are many reasons to admire Kangana Ranaut—her acting prowess, her stylish good looks, her gumption, her self-made journey to stardom from a village in Manali to the...

  • If I were Muslim...

    If I were Muslim...

    By Barkha Dutt | July 09, 2017

    I am agnostic and entirely non-religious; I do not self-identify with any religion and leave the required column blank in application forms. I suppose you could call me—as my...

  • Studiotronics is turning anchors into actors

    Studiotronics is turning anchors into actors

    By Barkha Dutt | May 14, 2017

    I coined a new word this week—Studiotronics—to capture the hysterical histrionics of studio-bound prime time warriors and the sad and very deliberate descent of daily news into...

  • Bovine justice

    Bovine justice

    By Barkha Dutt | April 16, 2017

    They thrash a man to death and we call them ‘vigilantes’, a rather shameful and disingenuous euphemism for murderers. Pehlu Khan of Haryana is this year’s Mohammad Akhlaq,...

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