Indian TV journalist and columnist Barkha Dutt is currently the Group Editor, English News at New Delhi Television.
Barkha Dutt Personal Life and Career: Barkha Dutt was born in New Delhi to her father, S.P.Dutt, an official in Air India and Prabha Dutt who was a well-known journalist with the Hindustan Times. Barkha credits her journalism skills to her mother, Prabha, a pioneer among women journalists in India. Prabha Dutt died in 1984, when she was in her prime, due to a brain haemorrhage. Barkha’s younger sister Bahar Dutt is also a T.V. journalist working for CNN IBN.
Barkha studied in Modern School, New Delhi and graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi with a degree in English literature. She received a Master’s in Mass Communications from Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication Research Center, New Delhi. She started her journalistic career with NDTV and later rose to head the English news wing of the organization. She also got a master’s in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York assisted by a Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarship.
Many noteworthy Indian personalities and peers have eulogized her for display of immense dedication and excellence in the field of journalism as can be seen from an interview where she said, “One thing I have learnt in my journalistic life is that to be disliked is the flip side of being liked. I respect criticism but then…I have been congratulated by people like N.R. Narayana Murthy, Shashi Tharoor and Salman Rushdie, among many others, for my and my channel’s reporting .” NR Narayana Murthy was an independent director of NDTV at the time he aired his view on Ms Dutt.