(born 1965) is the Strategic Affairs Editor of The Hindu
and editor of Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy
. He has reported on the NATO
war against Yugoslavia
, the destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas
by the Taliban
regime in Afghanistan
, the war in Iraq
and the crisis in Kashmir
. He is also The Hindu's Chief of National Bureau, succeeding Harish Khare
, who was named as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media adviser, in June 2009. In 2007, he was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. In 2009, he was a Poynter
Fellow at Yale University
In May 2011, the shareholders of Kasturi and Sons Ltd. held an extraordinary general meeting and voted to appoint him as The Hindu's next editor on the recommendation of the company's board. The decision, which has been temporarily stayed by a Chennai court in response to a petition by a group of minority shareholders, would make Varadarajan the first professional editor of the newspaper in its 150 year history.
After studying economics at the London School of Economics
and Columbia University
, he taught at New York University
for several years before joining The Times of India
as an editorial writer in 1995. In 2004, he joined The Hindu, India's leading English-language newspaper, as Deputy Editor.
In November 2005, the United Nations Correspondents Association awarded him the......