Siddharth Varadarajan

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Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist and senior fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, New Delhi. He was until October 2013 the Editor of The Hindu. An economist by training, he studied at the London School of Economics and Columbia University and taught at New York University before returning to India to work as a journalist. He has been a visiting lecturer at the journalism school at the University of California, Berkeley and a Poynter Fellow at Yale University.

Follow him on twitter at @svaradarajan

17 comments on “About

  1. Gazal Preet Kaur
    October 29, 2017

    Hope this finds you in good health. I have been an avid reader of your enlightening work since a long time. Your efficacious association with The Wire has had a deep and profound impact on me. I am a student of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Punjab, which is organising another edition of TEDx, 2018. Our college would feel honoured and humbled, if you could bless us with your presence on the day as a part of the speaking panel. Is there an Email Address I can contact you on? Awaiting your positive reply.
    Gazal Preet Kaur

  2. Narasimhan Khadri
    May 17, 2014

    Also sir, totally digressing may i ask you a question. If you had to suggest one book for your son/daughter what would that be. Please dont think i am silly that i ask thisquestion in this page. Thanks

  3. Narasimhan Khadri
    May 17, 2014

    Sir, i have been a huge follower of you since your days in The Hindu. People like you Venu MK Sainath Praveen Swamy Sandeep dikshit paranjoy Gorish nikam are the intellectual pillors on which the otherwise non sense political journalism is standing. Hope you all had as much commercial success as well(i am guessing that u r not as successful as say arnab goswami is. But would be happy if i am wrong) Please continue the amazing work.

  4. biju varghese
    May 16, 2014

    Well written blog.keep it up

  5. Prakhar
    May 12, 2014

    Siddharth….Never ever saw you before today’s panel discussion on NDTV, I enjoyed your opinion on Varanasi , AAP, and BJP because deep inside, I wished that is the way this election was 🙂 I wish you are true that there is a close battle in Benaras, which for me is also a definition of the meaning of India – if She is the hard working poor who find some time to remember their God or the rich and the prosperous who find a grandiose plan to establish the rule of God.

  6. Sreepathy
    May 12, 2014

    Siddharth, I have been a keen reader of your articles written in English over the last few years. But it’s only today that I discovered your felicity with the Hindi/Urdu language as I watched a panel discussion on NDTV. Very impressive ! Kudos ! Best, Sreepathy

  7. Karan Dev Achan
    May 11, 2014

    Sir, this is a very nice blog. And I have to say, your articles are extremely well written and very apt on most occasions. Recently I wrote a piece on the problems of Indian democracy and I’d love for you to read it and give me feedback if possible. Is there an email id on which I could send you my article?

    • Siddharth Varadarajan
      May 11, 2014

      You can find my email address off my home page at the Shiv Nadar University site.

      • Karan Dev Achan
        May 12, 2014

        Sir, I’ve sent you an email on your gmail address as well as the Shiv Nadar University address. I apologize for this.

      • Siddharth Varadarajan
        May 12, 2014

        Received, thanks

  8. Ram
    May 10, 2014

    Should we make it compulsory for all to practise two religions and not just one as is the current practise? Would it help to bridge these gaps created by the leaders in our society ? The world is becoming flat and boundaries are vanishing.

    • Siddharth Varadarajan
      May 10, 2014

      Well, I don’t like the idea of “compulsory” but I remember a talk by Ashis Nandy once when he said the religion column in the Japanese census added up to more than 100 per cent because many japanese didn’t think of themselves as rigidly belonging to just one faith.

      • Ram
        May 11, 2014

        Fair. I only meant conscious efforts to promote the learning of a second religion just like a second language .

  9. Vasudevan Mukunth
    May 1, 2014

    Nice blog you have here. 🙂

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