Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Barkha Dutt

Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow (Fall 2012)
Group Editor, NDTV


Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellowships enable major journalists, public figures and scholars working on India to undertake substantial projects while in residence at Brown. The fellowships are funded by Meera and Vikram Gandhi for a period of five years.

Ms. Dutt is Group Editor with NDTV, India's premiere news and current affairs network. She is one of India's best known journalists and television anchors and is also the youngest journalist to receive the Padma Shri, one of the country's highest State honours. In a career spanning sixteen years, she has won over forty national and international awards for journalism including the Global Leader for Tomorrow award from the World Economic Forum, the Commonwealth Broadcasters' award for "Journalist of the Year" and the Asian Television Award for "Best Talk Show." In 2011, she was nominated alongside Sir David Attenborough and Ross Kemp for “International TV Personality of the Year" at the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) awards in London.

Barkha Dutt emerged as a household name with her frontline war reporting on the Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan in 1999. Over the past decade she has reported from several conflict zones across the world, including Kashmir, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq cementing her reputation as a fearless journalist who reports from some of the most dangerous places in the world. Most recently Barkha Dutt spent the early part of the year reporting on the Arab uprisings in both Egypt and Libya.

Barkha Dutt is also the host of the weekly, award-winning talk-show, We the People as well as the daily prime time show, the Buck Stops Here. Named after the first three words of the constitution, We the People, brings a 100 member studio audience face to face with the newsmakers of the week and has covered issues as diverse as politics, sexuality, gay rights and issues of national security. It is now the longest running talk show on Indian TV. On the Buck Stops Here Dutt has exclusively interviewed a range of personalities around the world and at home including Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Gandhi; Pakistani newsmakers like Benazir Bhutto, Imran KhanFatima Bhutto, and General Pervez Musharraf; Authors such as Salman Rushide and Mohammed Hanif, International personalities including Hillary Clinton and His Holiness The Dalai Lama and actors such as Shahrukh Khan.

She is a nominated member of the National Integration Council of India. Several Bollywood films have been based on Barkha Dutt's work, including the critically acclaimed film Lakshya. She was also recognised as an ASIA 21 Fellow by the New York based Asia Society and now serves on its Global Council. She studied at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and the Journalism School at Columbia University, New York.

Barkha Dutt writes a weekly column in The Hindustan Times.

She is active on Twitter (@bdutt) where she is followed by more than four million people.

While at Brown Dutt worked on her book The Unquiet Land: Exploring India's Fault Lines (Rupa & Co 2015).