Siddharth Varadarajan

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Siddharth Varadarajan
Born 1965
Nationality American
Alma mater Columbia University, London School of Economics
Occupation Editor of The Hindu,
Chief of national bureau of The Hindu,
Poynter Fellow at Yale,
Visiting faculty at University of California, Berkeley,
Deputy editor of The Hindu,
Editorial writer at Times of India.
Spouse(s) Nandini Sundar
Awards Bernardo O'Higgins Order,
Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize
Website
svaradarajan.blogspot.com

Siddharth Varadarajan (born 1965) is an Indian American journalist, editor, and academic. He is the former editor of The Hindu, one of India's leading English language newspapers. 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.

Education and early career[edit]

After studying economics at the London School of Economics and Columbia University, Varadarajan 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. He worked as the Hindu's Chief of National Bureau, succeeding Harish Khare, who was named as then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media adviser, in June 2009.

Editor of The Hindu[edit]

In May 2011, the shareholders of Kasturi and Sons Ltd. held an extraordinary general meeting and voted to appoint Varadarajan as The Hindu's editor on the recommendation of the company's board, thus making Varadarajan the first professional editor of the newspaper in its 150 year history.[1] Prior to his appointment, The Hindu's editors were drawn from the family of the company's owners. On Oct 21, 2013, Siddharth Varadarajan publicly announced via twitter, his resignation from The Hindu, citing a change in policy by the owners of the newspaper to go back to being a family run and edited newspaper.[2]

Ineligibility Case[edit]

Dr Subramanian Swamy filed a case in Delhi High Court to challenge his appointment as editor since Varadarajan is a US citizen. Govt opposed but High Court Chief Justice Bench issued notice. On June, 2012 Dr Swamy also made a written complaint to Press Registrar and Asst Press Registrar of News Papers of India under Ministry of IB, Govt of India.[3][4] N Ram denied Varadharajan's resignation in any way related to Dr Swamy's case of but admitted that it “was hanging like a sword over our heads”.[5]

Academic positions[edit]

In 2007, Varadarajan was a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.[6] In 2009, he was a Poynter Fellow at Yale University.[7][8]

Other affiliations[edit]

Varadarajan is a member of the International Founding Committee of The Real News,[9] a board member of the inter-governmental B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation,[10] a member of the Indian Council of World Affairs and member of the editorial board of India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs [11] and a member of the Executive Council of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies [12]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In November 2005, the United Nations Correspondents Association awarded Varadarajan the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize Silver Medal for Print Journalism for a series of articles, Persian Puzzle on Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.[13] In March 2006, he was awarded the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by the President of Chile—that country's highest civilian honor for a foreign citizen—for his contributions to journalism and to the promotion of India's relations with Latin America and Chile.[14] In July 2010, he received the Ramnath Goenka award for Journalist of the Year (Print).[15]

Books[edit]

The book, Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy, edited by Varadarajan. The book was published by Penguin Books in 2002.

  • Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy. Penguin. 2003. ISBN 978-0143029014. 
  • "Global threats and India's quest for strategic space" in Great Powers and Strategic Stability in the 21st Century (Ed: Graeme Herd) ISBN 978-0-415-56054-2

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Preceded by
Harish Khare
Chief of the National Bureau
The Hindu

2009- 2011
Succeeded by
Praveen Kumar Swami
Preceded by
Narasimhan Ram
Editor
The Hindu

2011-2013
Succeeded by
N. Ravi