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

On The Road with the Pandemic: A Seminar with Barkha Dutt

Friday, May 8, 2020

9:30am – 11:00am

In search of authentic stories and a deeper understanding, Barkha Dutt decided to step outside the studio and was on the road for 50 days, while COVID-19 raged in India.  She went to the frontline of the pandemic, meeting migrants walking hundreds of miles to reach home; interviewing religious clerics, accused of  being "superspreaders"; reaching hospitals to observe what it means to treat COVID patients; reporting on deepening hunger and even death.

We continue our COVID in South Asia Seminar Series with a presentation from, and conversation with, Barkha Dutt, an award-winning senior Indian journalist and a former Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at Brown.

Barkha Dutt is an award-winning TV journalist, anchor and columnist with more than two decades of reporting experience. She is India’s only Emmy-nominated journalist who has won multiple national and international awards, including the Padmashri, which is India’s fourth highest civilian honour. Barkha graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi with a degree in English Literature. She did her Master's in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York. 

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Barkha has reported from some of the toughest spots and conflict zones in India and across the world including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Egypt. Her frontline reporting of the Kargil war first made her a household name. She is an out spoken feminist voice on the global stage and also the Founder-Editor of Mojo, a multi-media events and content venture. She is also the founder of 'We The Women', a multi-city festival and current affairs website that focuses on the biggest gender debates of our time. She is a featured Columnist with Washington Post; appears regularly as an analyst on CNN and BBC and is also a Contributing Editor at The Week magazine.