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.
He has been described as "one of India's sharpest foreign policy commentators and thinkers".
Education and early career
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 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's media adviser, in June 2009.
Editor of The Hindu
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. Prior to his appointment, The Hindu's editors were drawn from the family of the company's owners. In Oct 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.
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.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”.
Varadarajan is a member of the International Founding Committee of The Real News, a board member of the inter-governmental B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, a member of the Indian Council of World Affairs and member of the editorial board of India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs  and a member of the Executive Council of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies 
Awards and recognition
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. 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. In July 2010, he received the Ramnath Goenka award for Journalist of the Year (Print).
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
- The Australia-India Strategic Lecture
- Siddharth Varadarajan appointed Hindu editor
- https://twitter.com/svaradarajan/status/392258645586493440 Twitter: svaradarajan Siddharth Varadarajan's resignation tweet
- Dr. Swamy's letter recollected at bottom article a mid of resignation
- Dr. Swamy's complaint scanned copy
- Ram's comment on Dr. Swamy's case as sword
- Reality, one bite at a time: On sabbatical
- Siddharth Varadarajan, Indian Journalist, Visits Yale
- Varadarajan lecture on C-Span: Understanding India-Pakistan relations after the Mumbai terror attack
- The Real News: International Founding Committee
- BPKF website
- Sage Publications
- The Hindu : National : UNCA award for Siddharth Varadarajan
- Latest India News @ NewKerala.Com, India
- Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards
- Reality, one bite at a time, official blog
- Review of Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy
- List of essays in the book
- UNCA award for his reports on IAEA
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Works by or about Siddharth Varadarajan in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Charles Glass on Siddharth Varadarajan's argument with the CPJ about Nato bombing in The Spectator
- Interview of Siddharth Varadarajan by Dr. Abbas Edalat of the Campaign against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran
- What's Wrong with Our Afghan War, the Indian Perspective - Interview of Siddharth Varadarajan by Christopher Lydon
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