|Occupation||Was Opinion and Special Stories editor, The Hindu. Quit Jan 2015.|
|Awards||International Red Cross award (2010)|
Rahul Pandita (Hindi pronunciation: [raːɦʊl pŋɖɪt̪aː]) is an Indian author and journalist. He is a 2015 Yale World Fellow. He is also the writer of a forthcoming Hindi film on Kashmir, to be directed by the veteran filmmaker, Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
Rahul Pandita's recent job was the Opinion and Special Stories editor of The Hindu, one of India's leading newspapers. 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". He is the recipient of the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting. Pandita has worked as a war correspondent, and is known for his brilliant journalistic despatches 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. He has also reported from North-Eastern India. In 2009, he became the first ever journalist to have interviewed the Maoist supreme commander, Ganapathi.
Pandita has written several books including the best-seller "Our Moon has Blood Clots" based on the brutal ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus. Other books include The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance, co-authored with Neelesh Misra, Hello Bastar – The Untold Story of India's Maoist Movement,
Pandita was awarded the International Red Cross award for his reportage from the Maoist-affected areas in central and east India, in 2010.
- "A requiem for moral coherence".
- "about me". rahulpandita.com. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance (illustrated ed.). Gurgaon: Hachette India (Local). 2010. ISBN 978-93-50092-15-6. OCLC 636921104.
- "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.
- 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.