Sixty hours of live television at the best of times is impossibly difficult
Sixty hours of live television at the best of times is impossibly difficult. But when itinvolves an ongoing and precarious terrorist operation and a potential danger to the livesof hundreds of people, it throws up challenges of the kind that none of us have ever dealtwith before but people like barkha dutt faced this challenge exceptionally well.Barkha Dutt, the best-known face of NDTV, has attained iconic status as a reporter. Arole model for the young, her appeal cuts across all age groups. Barkha has pushed thelimits of intrepid news reporting far beyond the conventional.Barkha Dutt is a television journalist. 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 withthe Hindustan Times. Barkha credits her journalism skills to her mother, Prabha, apioneer among women journalists in India. Prabha Dutt died in 1984, when she was inher prime, due to a brain haemorrhage. Barkhas younger sister Bahar Dutt is also a T.V.journalist working for CNN IBN. Her frontline reporting of the Kargil conflict in 1999 raised her to prominence in India.She has reported on many conflicts, ranging from Kashmir to Pakistan, Afghanistan andIraq. Currently, she is Group Editor-English News, NDTV, a leading Indian televisionnetwork, and the host of "We the People", a weekly discussion show on current events.Barkha also writes a weekly column for The Hindustan Times called "Third Eye” andKhaleej Times.Some awards she has won: Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the WorldEconomic Forum, 2001 Commonwealth Broadcasters Award, 2002 Broadcast Journalistof the Year by the Indian Express, 2005 Padma Shri Award (Journalism), 2008 andiIn2010 she was one of the journalists taped in the 2G lobbying Radia tapes controversy.