|Occupation||Playwright, political writer, journalist|
Dilip Hiro is a playwright, political writer, journalist and analyst specializing in South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Islamic affairs. He was born to Hindu parents in Larkana, British India, who migrated to independent India after partition in 1947. Hiro received a Master's degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He currently lives in London, where he settled in the mid-1960s.
As a journalist he contributes to The Observer, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post as well as YaleGlobal online magazine of Yale University and TomDispatch.com, and is a commentator on the BBC, Sky News, CNN, and various radio stations.
He has published 33 books and contributed to another 17. His most recent book is Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia (2012) published earlier in India as Jihad on Two Fronts: South Asia's Unfolding Drama (2011).
His 31st book, Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Iran, was listed as one of the best history books of the year by the Financial Times (2009).
His 30th book, Blood of the Earth: The Global Battle for Vanishing Oil Resources (2008), was described in the Guardian as an "encyclopaedic yet racily readable account of the economy, science and geopolitics of oil over the past century."
He is editor of the most recent edition of the Babur Nama: Journal of Emperor Babur (2007). He has also written Secrets and Lies: Operation ‘Iraqi Freedom’ and After (2003). It was long-listed for the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing in Britain and listed in the Financial Times’s Best Politics and Religion Books of the Year.
He has contributed to 17 more books, including The World According To Tom Dispatch (2008), and Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Editors: Helmut K. Anheir & Mark Juerensmeye), published by SAGE Reference (2012). He is noted for his opposition to the Anglo-American occupation of Iraq, arguing that it will only fuel more fundamentalist terrorism and further destabilize the Middle East.
In After Empire, his survey of the world’s major powers, Hiro shows how the steady decline of America as the sole superpower is leading to the emergence of a multipolar world. It was shortlisted for the Geneva-based Mirabaud Prize in 2011.
Plays and Films
To Anchor a Cloud, his 3-act stage play about Moghul emperor Shah Jahan and his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal (for whom he built the Taj Mahal) premiered in London in 1970 and had a public reading in Delhi in 2008. Re-titled Tale of the Taj, this play was staged by Pierrot’s Troupe in Delhi at Shri Ram Centre in October–November 2011 to much media acclaim.
- "In Dilip Hiroo's play, Shah Jehan's favourite queen can give Lady Macbeth a run for her money (...) "Back then, many people likened it to a Shakespearean play saying it captures the various moods of human life, " says Hiroo.".
- "A new play by a NRI [Non-Resident Indian] writer that looks beyond the conventional character of Mughal empress Mumtaz Mahal (...)".
- "In Hiro's script, Mumtaz emerges as an astute manipulator who conspires actively to kill Shah Jehan's brother and rivals, Pervez and Shahryar, to secure the throne.".
- "The production is as ever elegantly mounted, with authentic costumes headgear et al.".
- "Shows the Shah Jahan-Mumtaz Mahal relationship in a new light...Deserves to be seen." 
His film, Moving Portraits, directed by Horace Ové and produced by Vijay Amarnani, was screened by Channel 4 in 1987. He is the co-scriptwriter of A Private Enterprise, a British feature film about a young Indian in the Midlands, which won a silver Hugo Award at the Chicago Film Festival of 1975, and was listed as one of the 10 Best Films of the Year by some of the leading film critics of Britain.
- Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia (2012) / Jihad on Two Fronts: South Asia's Unfolding Drama (2011)
- After Empire: The Birth of a Multipolar World (2010) (shortlisted for the Mirabaud Prize of the Forum International Médias Nord-Sud)
- Inside Central Asia: A Political and Cultural History of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Iran (2009) (on The Financial Times’s List of Best History Books of the Year)
- Blood of the Earth: The Battle for the World’s Vanishing Oil Resources (2007)
- The Timeline History of India (2006)
- The Iranian Labyrinth: Journeys through Theocratic Iran and Its Furies (2005)
- Secrets and Lies: Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' and After (2004)/(Financial Times’ Best Politics and Religion Book of the Year)/(Long-listed for the George Orwell Prize for Political Writing)
- The Essential Middle East: A Comprehensive Guide (2003)
- Iraq: In The Eye Of The Storm (2003)
- War Without End: The Rise of Islamist Terrorism and Global Response (2002)
- The Rough Guide History of India (2002)
- Neighbors, Not Friends: Iraq and Iran after the Gulf Wars (2001)
- Sharing the Promised Land: A Tale of Israelis and Palestinians (1998)
- Dictionary of the Middle East (1996)
- The Middle East (1996)
- Between Marx and Muhammad: The Changing Face of Central Asia (1995)
- Lebanon, Fire and Embers: A History of the Lebanese Civil War (1993)
- Desert Shield to Desert Storm: The Second Gulf War (1992)
- Black British, White British: A History of Race Relations in Britain (1991)
- The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict (1991)
- Holy Wars: The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism (1989)
- Iran: The Revolution Within (1988)
- Iran under the Ayatollahs (1985)
- Inside the Middle East (1982)
- Inside India Today (1977)
- The Untouchables of India (1975)
- Black British, White British (1973)
- The Indian Family in Britain (1969)
- Three Plays (1985)
- Interior, Exchange, Exterior (poems, 1980)
- Apply, Apply, No Reply & A Clean Break (two plays, 1978)
- To Anchor a Cloud (play, 1972)
- A Triangular View (novel, 1969)
- Hiro, Dilip (1991). "Inside Cover". The Longest War: The Iran-Iraq Military Conflict. Routledge. p. 323.
- Hiro, Dilip (20 March 2008). The Guardian (London)
- "Financial Times, Books of the Year 2009, By Rosie Blau". Retrieved 26 May 2011.
- Steven Poole, The Guardian, 3 May 2008.
- Book Overview showing summary of book by Justin Wintle of Sunday Times, London. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
- "Financial Times, Hit and Missed: The US squandered its unique opportunity in the new world order By Justin Wintle". Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- Purnima Sharmam "Tale of Taj: Machiavellian Mumtaz," Times of India (November 19, 2011).
- "Play on Mumtaz Mahal, 'Tale of the Taj', by NRI writer Dilip Hiro to make India debut," The Economic Times (Oct 16, 2011,)
- Dipanita Nath, "Etched in Marble," Indian Express (Oct 20 2011).
- (Mail Today)[dead link]
- (Asian Age)[dead link]
- (The Hindu)
- "A Private Enterprise, uploaded by Community Channel TV".
- Nations without a cause The Economist's review of Hiro's "Inside Central Asia", Sep 24, 2009
- Blood of the Earth: Dilip Hiro on the Battle for the World’s Vanishing Oil Resources Video, Democracy Now! Jan 31, 2007
- Includes blurb about Hiro