Tunku Varadarajan is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution

Tunku Varadarajan

Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism

Tunku Varadarajan is the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and editor of Hoover’s in-house publication Defining Ideas. A writer-at-large at the Daily Beast, he was a former editor of Newsweek and Newsweek International. Previously, he was executive editor (opinions) at Forbes, assistant managing editor and op-ed editor of the Wall Street Journal, and the New York bureau chief for The Times (of London). Born in India, he is a British citizen. A visiting scholar at New York University's Department of Journalism, he is a former lecturer in law at Trinity College, Oxford. He has also taught at NYU's Stern School of Business, the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism. Varadarajan has a BA in law, with honors, from Oxford University.

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A Definitive List Of People That India Can Really Do Without

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Print
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
From Amitabh Bachchan to Gen. Bipin Rawat, from Arundhati Roy to Sri Sri, these unlovely individuals infest every aspect of the luckless nation’s life.

Will Putin Ever Leave? Could He If He Wanted?

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Stephen Kotkinvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 9, 2018

A Stalin biographer contemplates Russia’s weakness today, which makes its current ruler such a threat to the West.

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Analysis and Commentary

Is The Maldives India’s Grenada, And Will Narendra Modi Be India’s Reagan?

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Print
Monday, February 26, 2018

The Maldives offers Modi one of his gravest foreign policy challenges to date. He had made a reputation as a man of iron. Let him not let that iron go to rust.


Have Campus Protesters Given Up On Charles Murray?

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 23, 2018

When he came to Stanford this week, the chants outside were unoriginal, the audience inside polite.

Analysis and Commentary

The Free-Speech University

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 16, 2018

Steve Bannon is giving a talk at Chicago. Its president is confident he won’t be shouted down.

Analysis and Commentary

What Narendra Modi Can Learn From Virat Kohli On Being A Better Leader

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Print
Monday, February 12, 2018

This isn’t a prescription for improved governance, but is a brief recipe for more effective political leadership from Narendra Modi.


Kori Schake: Will China Impose A New World Order?

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Kori Schakevia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 9, 2018
When Pax Britannica gave way to Pax Americana, the transition was peaceful. A repeat is unlikely, says the author of ‘Safe Passage.’
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The High Cost of Good Intentions

by Tunku Varadarajaninterview with John F. Coganvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Must all government programs keep growing—and deepening the national debt? Hoover fellow John Cogan sees hope in the rare exceptions. 

Analysis and Commentary

For India, ‘Our Time Has Come’

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In the not-too-distant future, India could have a $10 trillion economy, the world’s third largest military and the world’s largest middle class. Tunku Varadarajan reviews ‘Our Time Has Come’ by Alyssa Ayres.

Analysis and Commentary

Report From The Cyberwar Front Lines

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Toomas Hendrik Ilvesvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, December 29, 2017

Estonia’s former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves warns the West to harden defenses against cyberattack and makes the case for a universal electronic ID.