Rajesh Talwar

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Not to be confused with the convict in the 2008 Noida double murder case.
Rajesh Talwar
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Alma mater University of Nottingham
Occupation Writer,[1] lawyer[2]
Website rajeshtalwar.com

Rajesh Talwar is a lawyer and writer from India. He has written several books on the topics of law and human rights.[1][3]

Early life[edit]

Talwar studied at the University of Nottingham after going to the UK on a British Chevening scholarship in 1996. He received his LL.M in Human Rights Law. He has also participated in a programme on Negotiation at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government[4] and received a post graduate diploma from the London School of Journalism. He began working for the United Nations in various capacities. His work with the U.N. took him to places such as Kosovo, Afghanistan, Somalia and Liberia.[5][6]


Talwar is both a practitioner and professor of law. He has previously taught LL.B students at both Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia.[7]

Talwar's career in writing includes writing on different subjects for major media outlets including The Guardian, The Economic Times,[8] The Sunday Mail, and The Pioneer.[9] He has also published books on the topic of law, addressing law reform as well as trying to demystify the subject[10] such as in 'How to Choose a Lawyer - and Win Your Case.'[11]

Talwar's novels include An Afghan Winter[12] and The Sentimental Terrorist,[13] both based in Afghanistan, where he spent many years as a UN staffer. His children's books include The Three Greens (Orient BlackSwan)[14] and The Bearded Prince.[15] His novels also include Inglistan (2007), which a reviewer for the The Hindu called "sometimes tedious but readable",[16] while a reviewer for the Book Review Literary Trust said it was "a autobiographical sounding and rather uninteresting personal account, with all the signs of an amateurish self-expiation".[17] Talwar has also written plays, including High Fidelity Transmission[18] on discriminatory policies and illegal testing of AIDS vaccines in India and the 2001 satire Inside Gayland that depicted an Indian heterosexual man who visited a planet where heterosexuality is against the law as immoral and unnatural.[2] His most recent publication Courting Injustice: The Nirbhaya Case and Its Aftermath (Hay House) is based on the December 2012 Delhi gang rape case.[19]


  1. ^ a b Bearak, Barry (1 June 2000). "In India, the Wheels of Justice Hardly Move". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Pradhan, Bharathi (15 December 2013). "A Life Not So Gay". The Telegraph. India. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Usami, Zeeshan-UI-Hassan (2007). Beyond Boundaries: Reflections of Indian and U.S. Scholars. iUniverse. ISBN 9780595436446. 
  4. ^ http://www.hayhouse.co.in/AuthorDetail.aspx?Id=dyUM8pQ1wbU=
  5. ^ "Three lives are irrevocably intertwined in novel set in modern, war-torn Afghanistan". WND. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "United National Assistance Mission in Afghanistan" (PDF). Office of Internal Oversight Services. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rajesh Talwar Author Biography". Hay House India. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Talwar, Rajesh (February 1991). "Witness for the prosecution". The Economic Times. 
  9. ^ Talwar, Rajesh (9 April 1992). "The case of the reluctant witness". The Pioneer. 
  10. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Demystifying-the-Complexity-of-Litigation-in-India/2015/06/16/article2868246.ece
  11. ^ http://www.thestatesman.com/news/law/how-to-choose-a-lawyer/55410.html
  12. ^ https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/the-sentimental-terrorist/
  13. ^ https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/rajesh-talwar/afghan-winter/
  14. ^ http://www.orientblackswan.com/display.asp?categoryID=5&isbn=978-81-250-2688-4
  15. ^ https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/the-bearded-prince/
  16. ^ Choudhury, Sonya Dutta (4 February 2007). "Comparisons and contrasts". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Bhaduri, Saugata (6 June 2008). "If Only Life Offered Second Chances". The Book Review India. India. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.lilainteractions.in/hiv-aids/
  19. ^ "Book extract: Solution?". Mid-Day. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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