Alka Kurian interviews Barkha Dutt

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IAS faculty member Alka Kurian interviewed Barkha Dutt at an event hosted by Tasveer on May 27, 2022. Barkha Dutt is one of India’s best-known and award-winning broadcast journalists with over 20 years of experience. She is a columnist with the Washington Post and the Hindustan Times and is the founder-editor of Mojo Story, an independent digital platform.

The focus of the interview was on Dutt’s book To Hell and Back: Humans of Covid, which charts her experience traveling 30,000 kilometers across the length and breadth of India to offer the human story of Covid. In this moving interview, Dutt talked about chronicling, among others the great march of working-class migrants, the breakdown of the Indian public health system, the loneliness of elderly people, and the loss of her father to Covid.

View a recording of the interview.