Praveen Swami

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Praveen Swami
Born 1969
Residence New Delhi
Nationality Indian
Occupation Security analyst

Praveen Swami (born 1969) is an Indian journalist, analyst and author specialising on international strategic and security issues.[1] He was the Diplomatic Editor of The Daily Telegraph newspaper between September 2010 – October 2011 and is currently the Strategic Affairs Editor of The Hindu newspaper, and its Resident Editor in New Delhi.

Swami was the Associate Editor of the Indian newspaper The Hindu from 1993, for which he reported on topics such as the conflict in Kashmir, the Maoist insurgency in India, and Islamist groups.[2] He reported on Kashmir, Punjab and security issues for much of the 1990s before becoming the Mumbai bureau chief in 1998.

Swami also served as a producer for an independent television network, where he worked on projects related to terrorism in the Punjab. He regularly contributes to many reputable magazines and vernaculars such as Frontline and Outlook. He was also briefly associated with Network 18 owned Indian news-channel CNN-IBN in 2013.

Praveen Swami is the author of two books on the India-Pakistan conflict in Kashmir.[3] He is considered one of India's foremost experts of Islamist terrorism.[4]


Praveen Swami has won several awards for his work. He received the Sanskriti Samman Award in 1999 for a series of investigative stories on Indian military and intelligence failures preceding and during the Kargil conflict. His work on the Indian army's counter-terrorist operations won him the Prem Bhatia Memorial Award for Political Journalism in 2003.[5] In 2006, he also won the Indian Express- Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism prize for "for his extensive and in-depth reports on terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, and investigations into the merchants of terror."[6] Swami was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington in 2004–2005.

He has occasionally contributed for the New Delhi-based South Asia Intelligence Review.


  • Associate Editor, The Hindu (March 1993 – September 2010)
  • Diplomatic Editor, The Daily Telegraph (September 2010 – October 2011)
  • Resident Editor New Delhi, The Hindu (October 2011 – March 2013)
  • National Security Analyst, Network18 (2013)
  • Strategic Affairs Editor & Resident Editor New Delhi, The Hindu (2013–present)



  • An Informal War: India, Pakistan and the Secret Jihad in Jammu and Kashmir (London: Routledge, 2007)
  • The Kargil War (New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 1999)

Book chapters

  • ‘Chi tocca il Kashmir muore’, in Limes: Pianeta India (Rome: Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, 2009)
  • ‘The Transnational Terror Threat to India’, in Satish Kumar (ed.), India’s National Security Annual Review, 2009 (New Delhi: Routledge, 2009)
  • ‘India’s and its Invisible Jihad’ in Satish Kumar (ed.), India’s National Security Annual Review, 2008 (New Delhi: KW Publishers, 2008)
  • ‘The Well-Tempered Jihad: the Politics and Practice of Post-2002 Islamist Terrorism in India’, in Contemporary South Asia Volume 16, Issue 3 (September 2008)
  • ‘A War to End a War: the Causes and Outcomes of the 2001-2 India-Pakistan Crisis’ in (eds.) Sumit Ganguly and S. Paul Kapoor, Nuclear Proliferation in South Asia (London: Routledge, 2008)
  • ‘Breaking News: India’s Media Revolution,’ in (eds.) Sumit Ganguly, Larry Diamond and Marc F. Plattner, The State of India’s Democracy (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)
  • ‘Lashkar-e-Taiba’ in Wilson John and Swati Parashar, (ed.), Terrorism in South-East Asia (Singapore: Longman, 2005)
  • ‘Quick Step or Kadam Taal: The Elusive Search for Peace in Jammu and Kashmir’ (Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace Special Report 133, 2005)
  • ‘Failed Threats and Flawed Fences: India’s Military Responses to Pakistan's Proxy War’ in The India Review, Volume 3.2 (London: Frank Cass, 2004)
  • ‘Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, in Theory and Practice,’ in The India Review Volume 2.3 (London: Frank Cass 2003)
  • ‘J & K after 9/11: More of the Same,’ in Faultlines XI, (New Delhi: Institute for Conflict Management, 2002)
  • ‘Dialogue with the Hizb: Light in the Tunnel, But is it Dawn or Sunset?’, in Faultlines VI (New Delhi: Institute for Conflict Management, 2001)
  • ‘The Kargil War: Preliminary Explorations’ in Faultlines II, (New Delhi: Institute for Conflict Management, 1999)
  • ‘Pro-active after Pokhran: A Perspective on Terrorism in J & K,’ in Faultlines I, (New Delhi: Institute for Conflict Management, 1998)


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