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September 25, 2013 | Wall Street Journal

U.N. to City: Stop Dead

September 12, 2013 | Advancing a Free Society

The Caravan: Syria and the New World (Dis)order

September 5, 2013 | Daily Beast

Who Shrunk America?

While children are gassed in Syria, America led by Obama hems and haws and debates endlessly. Whatever happened to our moral power and leadership, asks Tunku Varadarajan.
August 22, 2013 | Daily Beast

Why Egypt Has Coups … and We Don’t

Why does Egypt burn and America remains peaceful? Tunku Varadarajan on what the stark contrast in transfers of power reveal about each country—even when the U.S. is at its most tense, like during Bush v. Gore.
July 29, 2013 | Advancing a Free Society

The Caravan: A Coup is a Coup is a Coup

November 19, 2012 | Newsweek

Jeeves at the Pierre

November 9, 2012 | Daily Beast

The World Reacts to Obama's Reelection

October 16, 2012 | Daily Beast

At Last, a Passionate Political Debate!

May 21, 2012 | Newsweek

Banana Wars and Chaste Cheerleaders

Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s embattled potentate, has turned his scorn on Turkey, describing its ruling politicians as being “carried away by dreams...
April 16, 2012 | Daily Beast

Bounding Tyrants, Childlike Kings

In an impressive show of bayag—the word for testicular fortitude in the Tagalog language—the Philippines sent its biggest naval warship to confront Chinese fishing and surveillance vessels operating illegally in waters just off the country’s northwest coast...
January 30, 2012 | Newsweek

Fidel Castro Attacks GOP; Putin's Favorite Books

Shrinking Britain, genocidal generals, a socialist Bard—and Putin’s favorite books...
January 2, 2012 | Newsweek

2011's Biggest Losers

The real flavor of a year is always derived most deliciously from the things that go wrong in high places...
July 14, 2011 | Daily Beast

Murdoch’s Sham Investigation

After weeks of unfolding scandal, Rupert gives his first substantive interview–to his own paper...
January 25, 2011 | Daily Beast

A Triumphantly Unmemorable Address

Obama’s speech shows he is a man newly aware of his limitations. Tunku Varadarajan on why that’s a good thing...
November 30, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Fall of India's Katie Couric?

Barkha Dutt, one of the country’s pre-eminent news anchors, faces a grilling today over an ethics scandal that has India abuzz—and lays bare the corruption at the heart of Indian journalism...
November 29, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Fallout from WikiLeaks' Latest Exposure

Julian Assange's may not have endangered lives directly by leaking thousands of pages of purloined diplomatic correspondence, but he's certainly made conducting American diplomacy more difficult...
November 17, 2010 | Daily Beast

To Hell With the Activists

Lisa Murkowski’s write-in victory proves it: If a party’s tiny primary electorate backs a wingnut, good candidates should keep going, and trust the will of the voters...
November 17, 2010 | Daily Beast

Cool It: The Ridiculous Global-Warming Freakout

Bjorn Lomborg is back with a new, controversial movie about global warming. Tunku Varadarajan talks to him about the right way to deal with climate change...
November 12, 2010 | Daily Beast

Skip the G-20 Next Year!

The discussion is tedious and the plot line stays the same. Tunku Varadarajan on why Obama hasn’t moved the ball on getting the world to buy more stuff—and the case for doing it all by email in 2011...
November 10, 2010 | Daily Beast

Obama Finds His Footing

In Indonesia, our stilted professor was replaced with a man at ease who charmed his audience by speaking the local language. Tunku Varadarajan only wishes this could have been Obama’s first major speech to the Muslim world—and that his visit weren’t so short...
November 4, 2010 | Daily Beast

A Tattered Special Relationship

As the president hits India this weekend, he will find it is still George W. Bush country. Tunku Varadarajan on an alliance that Obama has allowed to wither on the vine...
November 3, 2010 | Daily Beast

10 Election Night Truths

Palin lost some of her kingmaker aura. Endorsing Obama's agenda wholeheartedly proved fatal. And California and New York are weird. Tunku Varadarajan sifts the returns for the lasting lessons of 2010...
November 1, 2010 | Daily Beast

How to Derail Palin for 2012

Post-midterms, Republicans would be foolish to think they no longer need Sarah Palin. Tunku Varadarajan on how they can use her to keep the party’s base pumped up—while convincing her not to run for president...
October 29, 2010 | Daily Beast

Sanity Is Overrated

Thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., on Saturday for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity, featuring a novel blend of politics and entertainment. "What exactly was this?" Stewart asked near the end of the show...
October 24, 2010 | Daily Beast

Economic Deathmatch

The stimulators outnumbered the slashers at The Daily Beast Innovators Summit’s remarkably civilized economic panel, though it was clear that what the country is lacking most is strong, clear-eyed leadership...
October 18, 2010 | Daily Beast

New York's Insane Political Circus

The state’s candidates for governor, “debating” Monday night, threaten to wreck America’s ability to export democracy around the globe. Tunku Varadarajan on a showing that ensured Cuomo’s win...
October 15, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

Homage to Home

In many ways, Ms. Rice's journey, from racially segregated Birmingham to secretary of state, is a story more impressive than Barack Obama's...
October 14, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why I'm Rooting for Sharron Angle

It’s easy for a libertarian to wish for all-around Republican victories in the midterms. What’s more delicate is supporting political aberrations like Angle, Paladino, and O’Donnell...
October 7, 2010 | Daily Beast

Michelle Obama's Power Trip

Forbes magazine just named the first lady the most powerful woman in the world. Tunku Varadarajan on why that’s an insult to women everywhere...
October 3, 2010 | Daily Beast

15 Most Important Economic Journalists

Canvassing 100 industry insiders and academics, Tunku Varadarajan identifies the most important writers on business and economics who are helping us navigate the turbulent times...
September 28, 2010 | Daily Beast

America's Prime Minister

Rahm Emanuel’s expected departure is more than just your standard White House shakeup: it costs Obama the man with the political grit and muscle to make his dreams come true...
September 23, 2010 | Daily Beast

The GOP's Purity Pledge

Sixteen years after the disastrous Contract With America comes...the Pledge to America, an attempt by the party establishment to rein in the Tea Party rabble and reassure us the elders are still in charge...
September 21, 2010 | Daily Beast

What Did Velma Hart Expect?

The middle-class town crier who spoke truth to Obama believed he could work miracles. Tunku Varadarajan on why she’s so disappointed—and who’s to blame...
September 15, 2010 | Daily Beast

A Suicidal Vote for Purity

Tunku Varadarajan rues the Tea Party primary victories that have no chance of general election success—and suggests it’s time for Republicans to drop the slogans and scare-mongering and come up with some real ideas...
September 8, 2010 | Daily Beast

Hillary's Home Run of a Speech

The secretary of State delivered the best speech of the Obama administration this morning. Tunku Varadarajan on her “new American moment...”
September 3, 2010 | Daily Beast

A Very American Prime Minister

As his new memoir, A Journey, confirms, Tony Blair was a brilliant leader and godsend to George W. Bush, argues Tunku Varadarajan. If only the British had appreciated him...
September 1, 2010 | Daily Beast

A Fair and Balanced Address

Obama steered clear of stirring verbiage, delivering a gracious hat-tip to Bush and a reassuring brushback of the terrorists. Tunku Varadarajan on what the president did well—and what he left unsaid...
August 30, 2010 | Daily Beast

Ignorant America

How is it possible that a fifth of this country believes Obama is Muslim, without any evidence? Tunku Varadarajan on other cockamamie American beliefs—and why so many cling to them...
August 27, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why the GOP Should Embrace the Tea Party's Extreme Message

Now that the "Palin Primaries" are behind us, Republicans may try to attract more voters by moving to the center. But Tunku Varadarajan says the GOP should continue to channel the activist group’s energy...
August 12, 2010 | Daily Beast

Hillary in 2012

The only way Obama can win re-election is with Clinton on his ticket, says Tunku Varadarajan. The Democrats’ least-sullied heavy hitter, she’ll hold the party together—and be a magnet for crossover voting...
August 11, 2010 | Daily Beast

Rove Bombs as Rush

“Bush’s Brain” filled in on the Rush Limbaugh show today. Tunku Varadarajan on why Rove should stick to his day job...
July 29, 2010 | Daily Beast

Obama's Televised Turn-Off

The president’s appearance on The View, billed as the first-ever by a chief executive on a daytime talk show, was the apotheosis of the anodyne...
July 29, 2010 | Daily Beast

What Does Julian Assange Want?

If Hollywood were ever to make a film about a nihilistic leaker-hacker dude, a rootless subverter of international public order, they couldn’t do better than to cast Julian Assange as himself...
July 25, 2010 | Daily Beast

Pakistan's Shameful Double Dealing

The WikiLeaks files make it plain: Islamabad is the Taliban’s faithful ally. Tunku Varadarajan argues it’s time for the U.S. to stop paying money to Pakistan so they can help our enemies kill us. Plus, the seven most shocking secrets from the WikiLeaks files...
July 23, 2010 | Daily Beast

Charlie Rangel Is Toast

He's an embarrassment, and a hindrance to his party's 2010 fortunes. Tunku Varadarajan on why Rangel must resign—and why racism is no longer a viable defense against challenges to his conduct...
July 16, 2010 | Daily Beast

Can You Hear Goldman Laughing?

After a big wind-up, the SEC is essentially allowing Goldman Sachs to redeem itself for the price of a few days' revenue. Tunku Varadarajan on the toothless financial reform...
July 14, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Tea Party Isn't Racist

At this week's NAACP annual meeting, members voted to censure the Tea Party as "racist." But it's the NAACP that's the throwback, argues Tunku Varadarajan...
July 5, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why Steele Should Stay

Bill Kristol and Liz Cheney want to sack the RNC chairman after his Afghan gaffe. But Tunku Varadarajan says Republicans are better off with him—for now...
July 1, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why Obama's Immigration Speech Was a Failure

The president stepped up Thursday to update his campaign promise of immigration reform. But Tunku Varadarajan says his words were banal, completely conventional, and full of empty rhetoric...
June 29, 2010 | Daily Beast

A Turning Point in the War

General Petraeus’ hearings made Obama a political hostage to his new Afghan commander—but also greatly improved U.S. chances of winning...
June 23, 2010 | Daily Beast

Obama’s 2012 Power Play

Obama’s decision to replace Gen. McChrystal with Iraq war hero David Petraeus was more than just a way to keep the Afghan battle on course. Tunku Varadarajan on the president’s masterstroke...
June 17, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why I Feel Tony Hayward's Pain

The embattled BP exec was pelted by so many inane questions from the mediocrities in Congress they almost turned the oil spill villain into a sympathetic figure...
June 9, 2010 | Daily Beast

Nikki Haley and the New Racial Face of the South

Nikki Haley is poised to join Bobby Jindal as conservative Indian Americans running Deep South states. Tunku Varadarajan on how they’re exploding racial attitudes—and why the Dems don’t get it...

June 7, 2010 | Daily Beast

Bet on California's GOP Amazons

In spite of their rousing Silicon Valley credentials, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina are emphatic outsiders—which makes their primary races the ones to watch Tuesday. Tunku Varadarajan rates their chances come November...

May 31, 2010 | Daily Beast

Can the Oil Crisis Save Washington?

President Obama doesn’t own the BP spill; it owns him. Tunku Varadarajan on the politics of catastrophe...

May 27, 2010 | Daily Beast

It's Not Obama's Oil Spill

By propagating a message that government can solve all ills, he made it easy to blame him. But it's BP's mess—and courts should decide the damages, says Tunku Varadarajan...

May 26, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Last Liberal?

In his provocative new book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, Paul Berman criticizes liberals for refusing to stand against Islamic extremism and defend Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Tunku Varadarajan speaks to him about why ideas still matter...

May 22, 2010 | Daily Beast

Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Controversial Call to Arms

In her new book, Nomad, Hirsi Ali tells of escaping to America and says the Muslim world needs a revolution in how it treats women and modernity. Tunku Varadarajan salutes her necessary and powerful words...

May 17, 2010 | Daily Beast

Expect a Political Cleansing

Voters’ judgment on Tuesday is likely to be cruel, says Tunku Varadarajan. But angry Republicans’ mutiny against wussy incumbents on primary day will help them beat the Democrats come November...

May 14, 2010 | Daily Beast

Wall Street's Fortune Teller

No one on Wall Street has been as prescient about the economic crisis as Nouriel Roubini. He talks with Tunku Varadarajan about his new book, Crisis Economics, why Goldman Sachs is wrong, and the future of England...

May 12, 2010 | Daily Beast

What Cameron Is Up Against

Now that Britain’s political wrangling has been sorted out, the country shouldn’t expect romance—just a solution to its fiscal mess. Tunku Varadarajan offers 10 post-election insights, from Brown’s dark cloud to the Liberal Democrats’ new status...

May 5, 2010 | Daily Beast

10 Truths About the British Vote

Gordon Brown's a dour loser and Nick Clegg's anti-U.S., so Americans should root for David Cameron: at least he's younger than Obama. Tunku Varadarajan's rough guide to the U.K. elections...

May 1, 2010 | Daily Beast

Lloyd Blankfein's PR Coup

Last night on Charlie Rose, the Goldman CEO said everything people needed to hear about his firm's role in the financial meltdown—and he just may have kick-started the healing process between his firm and the American public...

April 27, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Hearing From Hell

Crass, grandstanding senators squared off against smug and evasive bankers. Tunku Varadarajan on how Goldman Sachs’ sorry performance on Capitol Hill proves Wall Street is on another planet...

April 25, 2010 | Daily Beast

Say 'Hell No' to Arizona

The state's harsh new immigration law sanctions government intrusion that far exceeds any part of Obamacare—and yet some broader good may come of it....

April 22, 2010 | Daily Beast

Obama's Phony Bank Debate

The president invited ideas on financial reform in Thursday's speech. But his rush to shove through a bill shows his true colors. Tunku Varadarajan on why bad reform is worse than no reform at all...

April 19, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Irrefutable Moral Case Against Goldman

The SEC’s complaint raises more than just legal questions about Goldman Sachs, says Tunku Varadarajan. And the moral case against the bank is open and shut—which means we all have a stake in overhauling Wall Street...

April 15, 2010 | Daily Beast

At Last, The Truth About Tea Partiers

A new poll has forced The New York Times and liberal elites to admit Tea Partiers aren’t nuts—but rather passionate, educated, serious, and relatively prosperous.

April 13, 2010 | Daily Beast

Bring on Hillary

It's time to end the sleazy whispering campaign against Karzai—and empower Hillary Clinton, America's best hope to salvage relations with Afghanistan.

April 9, 2010 | Daily Beast

A Justice With Boundaries

John Paul Stevens’ retirement robs the Supreme Court of a courtly presence who believed in the limits of his power. Tunku Varadarajan on why Stevens was not as liberal as we think he was. Plus, Thomas Goldstein looks at the top six contenders for Stevens’ seat.

April 6, 2010 | Daily Beast

How Obama Is Weakening America

The president's new nuclear weapons policy is just the latest (should we call it “Jimmy-Cartesian”?) indication that he is determined to hasten the country’s decline, writes Tunku Varadarajan.

April 4, 2010 | Daily Beast

Leave the Pope Alone

Prosecuting His Holiness for his complicity in the Catholic Church’s sex scandals is a terrible idea, writes Tunku Varadarajan. Pope Benedict can solve the church’s problems himself.

March 31, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why Palin Drives Us All Mad

Fresh from her campaign stop to buck up John McCain, Sarah Palin is still enraging the left, and unreasonably enchanting the right. Tunku Varadarajan on why both sides get her wrong.

March 24, 2010 | Wall Street Journal

Jason Smith and the Court

As the Supreme Court considers the explosive "Jason Smith question"—whether combat soldiers can sue the Ministry of Defense for breach of their human rights—one wonders what the case portends for future relations between Britain's Court and its governments. . . .

February 4, 2010 | Daily Beast

Tibet's Star Activist Warns Obama

As the president prepares to meet with the Dalai Lama, controversial Tibetan activist Tenzin Tsundue talks about why Obama must stay strong with China, Google’s shameful history of censorship, and his time in a prison camp. . . .

January 31, 2010 | Daily Beast

Wole Soyinka’s British Problem

As religious violence deepens in his home country, Nobel laureate and Nigerian political activist Wole Soyinka shares his unbridled thoughts on Islamic terrorism and why England is a “cesspit” with The Daily Beast’s Tunku Varadarajan. . . .

January 28, 2010 | Daily Beast

A Post-Rhetorical Obama

Instead of giving ground after a shock defeat in Massachusetts, Obama showed style and candor in his State of the Union speech—even if hectoring the Supreme Court justices was unseemly. . . .

November 27, 2009 | Daily Beast

Punking the White House

What do the White House crashers have in common with Balloon Boy? . . .

December 6, 2009 | Daily Beast

A Skeptic's Guide to Copenhagen

Here is an attempt—at much shorter length—to prick a very contemporary kind of cant, that which has swollen the debate on climate change to ungovernable proportions. . . .

December 2, 2009 | Daily Beast

Obama's Eeyore Act

It was elegant, but would it kill him to endorse winning. . . .

November 24, 2009 | Daily Beast

Obama's Forgotten Friends

On Tuesday evening, the world’s most consequential turbaned man, Manmohan Singh, will glide through White House security and take his place at a dinner table beside Barack and Michelle Obama. . . .

November 9, 2009 | Forbes

'Going Muslim'

As the enormity of the actions of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan sinks in, we must ask whether we are confronting a new phenomenon of violent rage, one we might dub--disconcertingly--"Going Muslim." . . .

October 24, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

Metropolitan Glory

John Julius Norwich is an earnest and somewhat stiff-backed editor...

October 26, 2009 | Forbes

PC Alert

It all began on a Sunday evening...

September 14, 2009 | Forbes

The Price Of A Scoop: Two Dead

What should one make of the tale of Stephen Farrell--the seemingly reckless New York Times reporter who was rescued by British soldiers on Sept. 9 after spending four days as a captive of the Taliban?...

August 3, 2009 | Forbes

Why Was Biden There?

Here are five thoughts--four whimsical, one relatively serious--on the beer summit at the White House, hosted by President Obama for Professor Gates of Harvard and Sergeant Crowley of the Cambridge Police, with Vice-President Biden in attendance...

July 27, 2009 | Forbes

The Professor, The Cop And The President

On July 23, Henry Louis Gates—regarded at Harvard as America’s most eminent African-American academic—was cuffed and locked up for disorderly conduct by a Cambridge policeman named James Crowley.

June 26, 2009 | Forbes

Farrah Fawcett, American Ambassador

Amid all the ululation for Michael Jackson, arguably the most squalid icon in the history of American civilization, let's not forget to pay heed--and tribute--to Farrah Fawcett...

June 21, 2009 | Forbes

Cricket Vs. The Taliban

As Pakistan fights for its survival against the barbarian Taliban--who would turn that fragile quasi-democracy into an Islamist state so extreme as to obliterate all girls' schools from the face of the land--its people find themselves possessed of a weapon with which to vanquish the forces of darkness...

April 6, 2009 | Forbes

Taliban: The Movie

Since 9/11, I've watched scores of grainy video films showing Islamist extremists doing what they do best--meting out barbaric punishment to adulterers, thieves and Jewish journalists, and murdering innocent people in Mumbai, Lahore and other places...

April 1, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

A People and Their Karma

When I first picked up "The Hindus" -- a tome seemingly rich with scholarship and, at 780 hardbound pages, as hefty as the legendary demon Kumbhakarna -- I was struck most of all by the author's name on its cover: Wendy Doniger...

March 30, 2009 | Forbes

Barack Obama, Global Community Organizer

Remember the phrase "community organizer," plucked from his CV by Barack Obama and invoked as a pre-election boast?...

March 9, 2009 | Forbes

Moderate Extremists

In an interview with The New York Times, published on March 8, President Obama appeared to suggest that his administration might be willing to talk to people in Afghanistan whom the newspaper characterized as the "more moderate elements of the Taliban."...

March 3, 2009 | Forbes

Pakistan Wrestles With Terror

The city of Lahore was once the seat of an enviable Muslim civilization...

February 23, 2009 | Forbes

America, A Nation Of Cowards

President Obama should rebuke Attorney General Holder...

February 2, 2009 | Forbes

Stop The Presses: Michael Phelps Smoked Cannabis

In the hierarchy of life forms on this, our earth, the British tabloid journalist lies somewhere between the hagfish and the dung beetle...

January 26, 2009 | Forbes

Carlos Slim And The New York Times

Carlos Slim, by some accounts the world's richest man, has pumped 3,497,100,000 Mexican pesos ($250 million) worth of liquidity into the varicose veins of the Grey Lady...

January 19, 2009 | Forbes

The World Watches America

By what immaculate design, what unearthly force of circumstance or plot, did it come to pass that an American pilot would land an Airbus on the Hudson just days before Barack Obama's inauguration as the first black president of the United States?...

January 5, 2009 | Forbes

Five Reasons Why India Can't 'Do A Gaza' On Pakistan

Over the last week, many Americans (and Indians) have asked me why India does not "do a Gaza" on Pakistan, referring, of course, to an emulation of Israel's punitive use of force against Hamas-run Palestine, a territory from which rockets rain down on Israeli soil with reliable frequency (if not reliable destructiveness ... but that is not for want of Hamas intent)...

December 29, 2008 | Forbes

Caroline Kennedy, Senator

I have never met Caroline Kennedy, and given the trajectory of my life and career, I'm unlikely ever to do so...

December 8, 2008 | Forbes


We all know the narrative...

December 1, 2008 | Forbes

Five Lessons From Mumbai

The terrorist assault on Mumbai has only just ended, and India has entered a period of urgent self-examination, bitter soul-searching--and increasingly acrid recrimination...

November 24, 2008 | Forbes

Forty-Somethings On Facebook

In his Facebook manifestation, hastily arranged in response to Barack Obama's resounding success with the Little Cyber-Platoons, John McCain was not merely unconvincing, he was plain silly--an old geezer out of his depth in an utterly alien milieu...

November 17, 2008 | Forbes

Slumdog President?

After watching Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle's new movie about a young man's unlikely rise out of gut-churning poverty in India, I asked myself whether America had got itself, in Barack Obama, a "slumdog president."...

October 28, 2008 | New York Times

Fly Me to the Deity

An unmanned spacecraft from India — that most worldly and yet otherworldly of nations — is on its way to the moon...

October 27, 2008 | Forbes

Black Power

If Barack Obama becomes president, he will not only be the most powerful black man in the history of mankind; his presence in the White House will also mean that for the first time in that same history, a black man will be the most powerful person on earth...

September 29, 2008 | Forbes

Obama, From A To Z.

"Barack" and "Obama": Never before in American politics have words quite so outlandish come quite so close to the White House (although a spirited case can be made for "Gamaliel" and "Milhous.")...

September 22, 2008 | Forbes

We're On Top

Starting today, the United Nations' headquarters in New York turns into a caravanserai for the world's presidents, prime ministers and panjandrums...

September 6, 2008 | Wall Street Journal

'No One's Naked Anymore'

I knew Paul Theroux could turn a phrase, but I hadn't realized that he could turn heads, too...

July 23, 2008 | Wall Street Journal

Cricket and the Lord's Bounty

When a friend of mine -- let's call him Manhattan Man -- told me that he was going to Yankee Stadium for a game, I couldn't help but think that an outing such as his would drive some English friends of mine to suicide...

July 1, 2008 | Conde Nast Portfolio

No Word From Our Sponsors

Coke, G.E., and McDonald's will get global exposure from the Beijing Olympics...

April 15, 2008 | New York Times

India’s Game, U.S. Spice

IN the blink of an eye, India has gone from faith, prudence and chastity to ... Brittany, Courtney and Tiffani...

March 3, 2008 | Financial Times

A war appraisal too vast to swallow

Just when the American public, in an inversion of the old saw about economists, was thinking that the Bush administration professes to know the "value" of everything but the "cost" of nothing, along come Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes - two economists - to restore aphoristic order...

February 9, 2008 | Financial Times

Apollo’s mission to innovate

At what point on the continuum from marginality to assimilation to celebrity does an ethnic or racial icon become an American icon?

February 6, 2008 | Financial Times

The right questions on India and China

On finishing this earnest and entertaining book (yes, it’s possible to be both), my first reaction was to slap the author – metaphorically – on the back for refusing to deploy the word “Chindia” in his text...

February 1, 2008 | Financial Times

Outside Edge: Life does not have to be a pig in the middle

Two academics – one at Britain’s Warwick university, the other at America’s Dartmouth College – have surveyed 2m men and women in 80 countries and come up with the finding that human happiness, plotted on a graph from infancy to dotage, is U-shaped...

February 1, 2008 | Australian

Potentially a great catch for India

Cricket these days is never far from tumult, some of it the result of on-field shenanigans, some the by-product of more tectonic events that occur beyond the boundary...

January 12, 2008 | Financial Times

When dinosaurs ruled the playroom

My son came of age this Christmas - or, put another way, emerged from the Jurassic park that was once his mind - and this has made me rather sad...

January 12, 2008 | Times Online

Fairdinkum fellas v dodgy dealers

Yesterday I received an e-mail from a dear friend of mine, an Old Etonian in Edinburgh with free time on his hands. “Hello Monkey Boy,” it began, charmingly, “Tell me - does this recent spat between Australia and India mean that I am no longer allowed to address you as 'monkey'?”

January 5, 2008 | Financial Times

Down with pubs

An e-mail plopped into my BlackBerry, one recent mid-afternoon, with the word ''Pubs'' in the subject line...

December 15, 2007 | Financial Times

Present tension

The millions of people of Indian origin living in North America and Europe face a conundrum this holiday season: what to take, or send home, to relatives in India?

December 8, 2007 | Financial Times

Of men and motors

When Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York offered, in late September, an “administrative policy change” that would have enabled illegal aliens to apply for state drivers’ licences, he set off a furious revving of political engines that has still not quietened down...

November 24, 2007 | Financial Times

Monty’s Turn

There is much less guile in the pages of Monty Panesar’s writing than one would find in a single over bowled by him in a cricket match...

November 8, 2007 | Financial Times

Steps and missteps

Over the years, in the insular world of New York journalism, Charles Gasparino has developed a reputation for being a difficult man to work with – and in saying that, I pay him a compliment...

November 3, 2007 | Financial Times

Finally, blogging is blessed on high

The Presidential Medal of Freedom - America's highest civilian honour - has gone to historians, astronauts, spies, jazz musicians, matinee idols, philosophers, soldiers, activists, novelists, boxers, televangelists, architects, businessmen, politicians (a depressing number), painters and even newspaper editors...

July 22, 2006 | Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal)

Rose and Milton Friedman The Romance of Economics

One doesn't interview a man like Milton Friedman -- the Nobel laureate in economics in 1976 and among the five or six most consequential thinkers of the 20th century -- without doing some assiduous homework…


March 29, 2010 | Daily Beast

Paul Bremer's Victory Lap

When I telephone him at our agreed mid-morning hour, L. Paul Bremer III—or “Jerry,” as he’s known more informally—seems just a little stressed. . . .

March 23, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Conservative the Right Loves to Hate

Yesterday, I got an email from a prominent conservative academic; it was, I think, a touch harsh on the object of its attention. . . .

March 26, 2010 | Daily Beast

Inside David Frum's Bitter Exit

David Frum, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, no longer works for the American Enterprise Institute, a free-market think tank in Washington. . . .

March 21, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Price of Victory

So the Democrats have a health-care win in the House—a win that could prove mighty Pyrrhic. . . .

March 17, 2010 | Daily Beast

Obama in Enemy Territory

Sitting for an interview with the network the White House loathes, the president was evasive when asked whether he supported a “deem and pass” vote on health care, but he and Fox News’ Bret Baier were civil, even in disagreement, Tunku Varadarajan says. . . .

March 16, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why India Loves Facebook

The social-networking giant has opened its first-ever office in Asia—in the country where being all up in one another's business is practically a birthright. . . .

March 10, 2010 | Daily Beast

Ken Starr's Liberal Lovefest

Long a target of liberal enmity for his role in the Clinton-Lewinsky probe, the former independent counsel is now taking on a cause the left can applaud. . . .

March 8, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Hurt Locker’s Greatest Victor

The Oscar-winning war drama provides a timely reminder: America’s army is fighting so that Iraqis might live free. . . .

March 3, 2010 | Daily Beast

Iraq’s Political Miracle

The critics will escalate their grumbling ahead of Sunday’s vote, and there will be more violence. . . .

February 25, 2010 | Daily Beast

What Was Obama Thinking?

Six and a half hours, two meals, a tub of ice cream, a gallon of coffee and 20 sheets of scribbled notes after the televised “bipartisan health-care summit” began, I still ask myself the question that popped into my head within minutes of the summit’s start: What on earth was President Obama thinking when he decided to convene this weird little powwow? . . .

February 23, 2010 | Daily Beast

Why Partisan Bickering Works

The indignant call for "bipartisanship" today is from people who want to pass health-care legislation over the equally indignant objections of many, many, many Americans. . . .

February 17, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Left's Top 25 Journalists

From Jane Hamsher and Ezra Klein to Kos and Krugman, Tunku Varadarajan counts down the most influential left-wing journalists in the country. . . .

February 10, 2010 | Daily Beast

The Right's Top 25 Journalists

From Instapundit and Laura Ingraham to O’Reilly and Beck, Tunku Varadarajan counts down the most influential right-wing media figures in the country. . . .

January 17, 2010 | Daily Beast

Wall Street's Dirty Little Secret

The biggest problem with 2009’s megabonuses is economic, not moral. Tunku Varadarajan on how Wall Street made money soaking savers and taxpayers, rather than adding value. . . .

January 4, 2010 | Daily Beast

Profiling Whole Nations

The new policy requiring stepped-up security for some countries is a start. . . .

December 14, 2009 | Daily Beast

The Great New York City Bicycle Wars

The New York Post, feisty Boswell of the Big Apple, chronicles a delicious battle in Brooklyn between Hasidic Jews and hipsters. . . .

December 1, 2009 | Daily Beast

Obama's Eeyore Act

It was elegant, but would it kill him to endorse winning? . . .


April 15, 2014 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show (30:17)

April 9, 2013 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on The John Batchelor Show (19:34)

November 13, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show (9:49)

October 5, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

June 1, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller and Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Karla Zabludovsky, NYT; David Weidner, WSJ; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Henry Miller, Hoover...
May 11, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Peter Berkowitz and Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: McKay Coppins, Buzzfeed; Gordon Chang, Forbes; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Peter Berkowitz, Hoover...
April 6, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Richard Epstein and Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Sarah Maslin Nir, NYT; Richard Epstein, Hoover...
March 18, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Andrew Revkin, NYT; Francesco Guerrera, WSJ; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Mike Giglio, Newsweek...
March 9, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Steve Russolillo, WSJ; Claudia Rosett, FDD; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Nate Berg, Atlantic...
February 17, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: George Friedman, author; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Robert Zimmerman, Behind the Black...
February 10, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: David Drucker, Roll Call; David Weidner, WSJ; Matt Richtel, NYT; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International...
February 3, 2012 | John Batchelor Show

Henry Miller and Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

Guests: Brendan Conway, DowJones; Henry Miller, Hoover Institution; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek International; Brian Chen, NYT...
May 9, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-hosts Major Garrett, National Journal and John Avlon, Newsweek; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek, Adam Nagourney, NYT; Salena Zito, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review...
January 26, 2011 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan and Bill Whalen on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-host Gordon Chang,; Mary Kissel, WSJ; Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek; Bill Whalen, Hoover Institution...
November 28, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Joseph Brusuelas, Bloomberg, Mona Charen, Claudia Rosett, FDD, Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast...
November 5, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-host Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index; Joseph Brusuelas, Bloomberg; Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast; A.O. Scott, The New york Times; Joe Rago, WSJ...
November 2, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan on the John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Larry Kudlow, 77 WABC and CNBC; Mona Charen, NRO; Aaron Task, Yahoo! Finance; Rick Outzen, Pensacola Independent Daily News; Taegan Goddard,; Joseph Brusuelas, Bloomberg; Salena Zito, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast...
October 20, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-hosts Gordon Chang, and Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index; Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast; Mickey Kaus, blogger...
September 20, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-host John Avlon, CNN; David Drucker, Roll Call; Rich Miller, Bloomberg; Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast; John Bolton, AEI
September 8, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: John Bolton, AEI; Tunku Varadarajan,; Bret Stephens, WSJ...
August 23, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-host Camilla Webster,; Salena Zito, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; Elise Viebeck, The Hill; Tunku Varadarajan,; Reva Bhalla,
August 16, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Laurence Kotlikoff, Bloomberg; Tunku Varadarajan,; Andrew Bostom, Brown University...
July 21, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Hugo Restall, WSJ; Gordon Chang,; Tunku Varadarajan,; David Grinspoon, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; Pete DuPont, WSJ...
July 6, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

The John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-host Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index; Tunku Varadarajan,; John Fund, WSJ; Ann Marlowe, Hudson Institute; Major Derrick Hernandez; Captain Jennifer Hernandez; Bret Stephens, WSJ...
June 23, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

John Batchelor Show

UESTS: Co-Host Gordon Chang,; Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast; Bahukutumbi Raman, Chennai Inst for Topical Studies; David Livingston, The Space Show; John McArdle, Roll Call...
May 24, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-host Tunku Varadarajan,; David Drucker, Roll Call; Matt Murray, Roll Call; Eric Dash, The New York Times; Laurence Norman, FT

May 17, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

John Batchelor Show

Co-host Bob Zimmerman, author; Tunku Varadarajan,; Scott Horowitz, astronaut; John Bolton, AEI...

May 12, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

John Batchelor Show

GUESTS: Co-hosts Gordon Chang, and Jeff Bliss,; Tunku Varadarajan,; Mary Kissel, AWSJ...

April 27, 2010 | WMJI (Cleveland)

Lanigan and Malone Morning Show

Varadarjan discusses his Daily Beast article "The Irrefutable Moral Case Against Goldman..."

April 20, 2010 | John Batchelor Show

John Batchelor Show

Tunku Varadarajan discusses his column in The Daily Beast, “The Irrefutable Moral Case Against Goldman..."

Other Media

February 21, 2009 | Wall Street Journal

'Nationalize' the Banks

Nouriel Roubini is always dressed in black-and-white...

September 15, 2008 | Forbes

The New Opinions Channel

Today, with great gusto, we relaunch the Opinions channel of

June 4, 2008 | Wall Street Journal

The Politician as Biographer

There's something very English about the way William Hague's eyes light up when he spies crab cakes on the menu at a Midtown Manhattan bistro...

May 31, 2008 | Wall Street Journal

Don't Call Him a 'Spoiler

"He's really a . . . the Wall Street Journal's editorial page wouldn't describe him as such . . . but he's really a corporate Democrat. His record in the Senate is not one of challenging corporate power."...

January 15, 2008 | Voice of America

Democratic Future For Pakistan

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino praised Pakistan for setting a definite date to hold parliamentary elections...