Why do we hate Barkha Dutt now?

Let me admit I once admired this lady. I would follow her Kargil reports, any story she covered was bound to get that extra attention from me because I thought highly of her, and I was willing to pay attention to her.

But this is getting out of hand. When you refuse to accept criticism, it smacks of megalomania. And that is definitely not acceptable. Especially when the world and its godfather is united in their opinion of the coverage she, along with other news channels provided during 26/11. I spent three days glued to the television set and came away with the feeling that except for Times Now, every other channel was going into hyperdrive.

Yes, I did watch her coverage of 26/11. And I expected more from her, because she is capable of better. But one admits that the situation was such that news reporters were doing their own thing in the absence of any guidelines for reporting. But Dutt is a veteran of reporting live from sensitive situations. One would think she would have better questions to ask people waiting for their loved ones trapped within. With that one question, she lost me completely as an admirer. It was, in retrospect, the moment I realised that reportage is now become carrion vulturism.

Other folks have dissected the action again the Netherland based blogger Kunte better, and I’m linking to The Mad Momma who’s done a more informed post and linked to more protests.

As for me, I’m sad. There are blog sites proliferating all over that are libelious and deragatory. But an innocous post (read it in the cache if you can access it), gets slapped with a  legal notice. I have read through the post, and it says nothing that I disagree with. And nothing that hasnt been said before.

What about accepting criticism with grace, and learning from one’s mistakes? And toning down the screeching please. And the next time round know that we the nation are not amused.

And yes, if you agree, slap this badge on your blog. Designed by the ultracreative MayG.



About Kiran Manral

Kiran Manral published her first book, The Reluctant Detective in 2011. Since then, she has published eight books across genres till date. Her books include romance and chicklit with Once Upon A Crush (2014), All Aboard (2015), Saving Maya (2017); horror with The Face at the Window (2016) and nonfiction with Karmic Kids (2015), A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up (2016) and True Love Stories (2017). Her short stories have been published on Juggernaut, in magazines like Verve and Cosmopolitan, and have been part of anthologies like Chicken Soup for the Soul, Have a Safe Journey (2017) and Boo (2017). Her articles and columns have appeared in the Times of India, Tehelka, DNA, Yowoto, Shethepeople, New Woman, Femina, Verve, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Conde Nast Traveller, DB Post, The Telegraph, the Asian Age, iDiva, TheDailyO and more. She was shortlisted for the Femina Women Awards 2017 for Literary Contribution. She is a TEDx speaker and a mentor with Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk 2017.
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8 Responses to Why do we hate Barkha Dutt now?

  1. Pingback: We, the bloggers… « The Mad Momma

  2. Shilpa says:

    Well said. Will display this badge on my blog.

    Great. Thanks.


  3. Barkha dutt needs to go back to journalism school. As a viewer I will say that she needs refresher courses in ethics, research methodology, reportage and interview techniques. She also needs to go back to the basics about production. She is not all that and you do not float the rest of your career based on reporting in Kargil so long ago. Reporting in Kargil did not come off as impeccable either. The situation at hand is no excuse. If her producer is responsible for not reining her in, he/she should also be retrained. The coverage was unprofessional. There I said it.

    Great. Now put the badge on your blog. Good to know everyone feels the same about her.


  4. Solilo says:

    Displayed badge already.

    Like you I was a fan of Barkha Dutt and that was before NDTV became a channel. Barkha, Srinivasan Jain, Appan Menon, Mr. Roy all brought us news then but now it is always a BREAKING NEWS.


  5. manisha says:

    the problem with some journalists is that they are not content with reporting the news. they want to make the news. sometimes they feel they are the news. brakha dutt is in this category. dare i mention another colleague? rajdeep sardesai. reporting is way below them. they want to create news.


  6. Sandeep Reddy says:


    I agree with most of the points mentioned. Even I used to like her before , but that hardly matters now , for the fact, she has become one irritating person on screen.

    She questions in a fashion which reflects the disease of media, I want to meet her once and want to convey how much we hate her .

    She better start behaving with rationality as her virtue and pick good values for herself

    Saneep Reddy


  7. Arvind says:

    she is very pro congress.. or putting it better.. ndtv is a congress product..
    was just now watching We the People.. on the bhopal gas tragedy… she asks some of the guests or rather an exclamation.. why BPJ is making so much noise on the bhopal tragedy……. excuse.. they are opposition and have all the right to make noise and question governments practices…


  8. Rajkumar says:

    Some of these journalists are really biased. Whether its is for money , power or anything else depends . But they are all vulnerable. They are a blot on the profession. They preach all, even judiciary, but nothing is applicable to them. Barkha Dutt, Prannoy Roy and Rajdeep Sardesai are examples of these unprincipled lot. Because of them a noble profession’s name is spoiled. They think that after a few days people will forget everything and they can again come on TV and question everybody on anything as if they have a moral high ground. But they are fools if they think so.


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