Rahul Pandita

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Rahul Pandita
Kashmir, India
OccupationJournalist, Author
AwardsInternational Red Cross award (2010)

Rahul Pandita (Hindi pronunciation: [raːɦʊl pŋɖɪt̪aː]) is an Indian author and journalist.[1]


Journalism career[edit]

Rahul Pandita's recent job was the Opinion and Special Stories editor of The Hindu, one of India's leading newspapers.[2] He quit The Hindu citing frequent and childish interventions in edit pages by Malini Parthasarathy, the owner-editor of the paper. He was one of the founding members of the much-acclaimed Open magazine and has also previously worked with the Indian Express and the TV Today group. He is a conflict-writer, who has reported extensively from war zones, including Iraq and Sri Lanka. His vast experience in reporting on India's Maoist insurgency has resulted in two books: Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement and The Absent State. He is also the author of the best-selling memoir on Kashmir, Our Moon Has Blood Clots.[3]

Pandita has worked as a war correspondent, and is known for his brilliant journalistic dispatches from the war hit countries like Iraq and Sri Lanka. However, in the recent years, his focal point has been the Maoist movement in India's red corridor.[4] He has also reported from North-Eastern India.[5] In 2009, he became the first ever journalist to have interviewed the Maoist supreme commander, Ganapathi.[6]

Literary career[edit]

Pandita has written several books including the best-seller Our Moon Has Blood Clots, covering the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus, which was described as the "most powerful non-fiction book of the year".[7]

Other books include The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance, co-authored with Neelesh Misra,[5] Hello Bastar – The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement.[8]


Pandita was awarded the International Red Cross award for his reportage from the Maoist-affected areas in central and east India, in 2010.[4] In 2015, he was named a Yale World Fellow.[9]



  1. ^ "Rahul Pandita". The Hindu. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  2. ^ "A requiem for moral coherence".
  3. ^ "Book Review: 'Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits' - Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. February 10, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "about me". rahulpandita.com. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance (illustrated ed.). Gurgaon: Hachette India (Local). 2010. ISBN 978-93-50092-15-6. OCLC 636921104.
  6. ^ "We Shall Certainly Defeat the Government – Somewhere in the impregnable jungles of Dandakaranya, the supreme commander of CPI (Maoist) spoke to Pandita on issues ranging from the Government's proposed anti-Naxal offensive to Islamist Jihadist movements". Rahul Pandita. Dandakaranya: OPEN. 17 October 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
  7. ^ Narayan, Shyamala A. (2014). "India". The Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 49 (4): 535–567. doi:10.1177/0021989414553750.
  8. ^ Pandita, Rahul (2011). Hello, Bastar – The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement. Chennai: Westland (Tranquebar Press). ISBN 978-93-80658-34-6. OCLC 754482226.
  9. ^ Sharma, Betwa (April 18, 2015). "Two Indians Named 2015 Yale World Fellows In US". HuffPost India. Archived from the original on November 26, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2018.

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