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Saikat Datta

Who Dares Wins

May 04, 2011 Saikat Datta

Almost 24 years ago, two Indian naval officers were quietly sent off to the United States to attend a training course that few really knew much about. Since then it has been a tragedy of monumental neglect...

Lessons For India

May 02, 2011 Saikat Datta

Time our security establishment learnt from the systemic changes and reform that has been attempted by the US in the two decades between the disaster in Iran, the 9/11 attack and the subsequent war against terror in Afghanistan


Unending Tragedies

The humiliation of 1962, the Rubaiya Sayeed hostage crisis, the Al Faran kidnapping of foreign tourists, IC 814... or even the recent abduction of the district collector of Malkangiri in Orissa and a junior engineer by Maoists...

National RTI Award For Outlooker

Dec 21, 2010

Outlook Assistant Editor Saikat Dutta has won the Best RTI Journalist Award, chosen by a jury that included Narayana Murthy, Justice JS Verma, Madhu Trehan, JM Lyngdoh and Sanjay Gupta


"It's Dressed Up As A Plea to Manmohan Singh, So It Won’t Look Like An Inter-Ambani battle"

Fresh tapes of intercepted conversations of the lobbyist Niira Radia underline the key role she assigned to the media as an intermediary in achieving her business and political goals.

10 December, 2010

"It Is Better to have A. Raja In The Telecom Ministry. He Will Behave Himself. Trust Me, He Will Behave Himself"

Debarshi Dasgupta

Outlook magazine has unearthed 800 new tapped conversations involving the lobbyist Niira Radia in the 2G spectrum scam.


24 November, 2010

I Was Just Doing My Job

Saikat Datta

What if I am a journalist covering the ministry of defence? What if an arms dealer (or lobbyist) becomes one of my “legitimate sources” for news?


01 December, 2008

What Are India's Options?

Saikat Datta

"Bomb Islamabad!" That's what a representative of the Samajwadi Party suggested at one of the UPA meetings. But are there serious options that one could look at as a credible response to these terror attacks?


29 November, 2008

The Gateway Of India

Saikat Datta

By mid-September, Indian agencies knew that the attack would come from the sea, by mid-November, they knew that the Taj hotel would be targeted... And yet... and yet... A blow by blow account of how the plan to attack Mumbai by sea was hatched and ex


27 November, 2008

Still At Sea

Saikat Datta

They came out from the sea, while the Indian security agencies remained very much there. If anyone needed a lesson on how to conduct special operations from the sea, they could take a leaf out of the terrorists who attacked Mumbai


22 October, 2008

The Road To Azamgarh

Saikat Datta

Every road has a story to tell, waiting to be heard by the traveller. The road to Azamgarh from Varanasi, just touching Munshi Premchand's village 'Lamhi,' has a story that is crying to be heard in our tryst with terror.


02 July, 2008

When Protectors Turn Protestors

Saikat Datta

In a democracy there is a legitimate right to protest, but as former soldiers don this new avatar demanding more pay, it is time to question whether it is befitting for them to be taking recourse to such measures.


30 May, 2008

Cop Out

Saikat Datta

Forget good police procedure, here a man was assumed to be guilty even before any proper interrogation, and plain conjecture and speculation was aired to the media with magisterial authority...


09 May, 2007

Intelligence Oversight

Saikat Datta

Contrast the public discourse on two issues that grabbed the headlines recently -- the row over the MI 5 investigation into the 'fertiliser plot' and the fake encounter case involving three top officers of the Gujarat and Rajasthan police.


14 August, 2006

Our War V/s Their War

Saikat Datta

Why doesn't India emulate Israel? This was the chorus on July 13 when the Israeli cabinet decided to go to war in Lebanon, and India was still recovering from 7/11. As the cease-fire came into effect, a re-look at the options and ground realities.


27 January, 2006

The Supreme Censors

Saikat Datta

What is more de-moralising? The fact that there is an institutional mind-set to brush all problems under the carpet and refuse to acknowledge what everyone knows to be the real problem? Or a "fictional" film, inspired by every day news headlin


Photo Gallery

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra outside her bungalow at Chharabra near Shimla.

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Congress President Soniya Gandhi enjoys the pleasant weather outside the bungalow at Chharabra in Shimla.

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Waterlogged railway tracks due to heavy rain, near Tikiapara Railway Station in Howrah district.

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Students attend a class at a school that reopened after ease in COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, in Sangli.

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Hindu devotees perform rituals for their ancestors on the first day of 'Pitru Paksha' at Sangam in Prayagraj.

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