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Barkha Dutt

Anchor & reporter
Star News
India
Barkha Dutt
Anchor & reporter
Star News
India
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1. What does it mean to you to have been selected as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow"?

There are times in a journalist's job when you want to throw up your hands and surrender; it can be such a stress filled life. For me, an honour like the GLT is an incentive to keep going, an acknowledgement that your work has made a difference in the public space, not just in your own country, but globally. What more could a journalist ask for?

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2. You have been selected by the World Economic Forum for what you have already done in your life, "holding positions of considerable power, influence and responsability". What are the 3-5 things you are most proud of?

There are many things I am not proud of! That would have been an easier question to answer. However, if I were forced to blow my own trumpet I would say I am proud that I still believe passionately in the intergrity of my profession; I have always maintained that a journalist must keep a distance from power brokers and celebrities especially in this age of instant fame and television glamour. this is important for reportage to be objective and scathing when necessary. I am proud to say that i haven't take my televison persona too seriously

In the field I have especially committed myself to reporting from the war-ravaged lands of kashmir, sometimes called the most dangerous place in the world. It's been hostile and fearful, both physically and emotionally. But for six years now I have tried to cover the kashmir story (including one full-blown war between india and pakistan) as honestly and consistently as possible. I believe, through my work I have been able to humanize the kashmir story in the indian imagination, where it was fast becoming a mere chronicle of death counts

3. The World Economic Forum is "committed to improving improve the state of the world". You will participate in shaping tomorrow's world. What impact would you like to have?

The world is poised at a precarious edge. Terrorism on the one hand and civilizational cracks on the other. It's a gulf we need to analyse and bridge. I hope that in the future my work can contribute in some way to this

4.The World Economic Forum is also a forum to discuss the present state of the world economy. What is the analysis you would give?

I am not an economist, but I can tell you as a layperson that the masses are confused about the impact of globalization. The forum needs to desmystify globalization in the popular imagination and convince people that it's an egalatarian concept and not the impostion of the powerful over the less developed


Barkha Dutt
Anchor & reporter
Star News, India

Nationality: India

Professional Profile: BARKHA DUTT, a SAJAer who now lives in India, works as a reporter and anchor for New Delhi Television, the country's biggest private TV company (which is owned by broadcast pioneer Prannoy Roy). She currently anchors the 9 p.m. daily news bulletin and co-anchors "Newshour," an hour-long analysis and discussion program for STAR TV, the Asian satellite channel

Personal Profile: In the summer of 1999, Barkha became one of the best-known journalists in the country because of her work during the Kargil War, India's first "televised conflict." Her daily reports from the front kept the nation in thrall as this "Indian Christiane Amanpour" brought the war home. Her work earned her four journalism awards and she was the subject of numerous positive reviews in the press.

Previously, she has covered everything from politics to India-Pakistan negotiations. She has also interviewed prime ministers, Nobel Prize winners and other newsmakers. She has reported from various cities and villages across India and has also filed stories from New York City

She has a bachelor's in English literature from St. Stephen's College, Delhi; a master's in mass communications from Jamia Milia Islamia's Mass Communications Research Center, Delhi; and a master's in journalism from Columbia University, New York. She was a 1997 winner of the Inlaks Scholarship, which sends six Indians abroad annually for graduate work.
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