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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Why Entitlements Keep Growing, And Growing, And...

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing John F. Coganvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 8, 2017

Once granted, benefits always multiply and are nearly impossible to repeal, John Cogan says. Only three presidents have been able to rein them in.


The First Amendment Is For Neo-Nazis, Too

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Richard A. Epsteinvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 25, 2017

Richard Epstein says that curbs on ‘offensive’ speech are unworkable and would turn the public square into the grievance Olympics.

Analysis and Commentary

At 70, India Shows A New Vigor

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, August 14, 2017

But its retreat from secularism is a worrying sign.

Analysis and Commentary

Life Among India’s Lowly

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 6, 2017

The lowest members of the caste system are born into forms of misery and humiliation from which it is nearly impossible to escape. Tunku Varadarajan reviews ‘Ants Among Elephants’ by Sujatha Gidla.


Holy Cows That Weren’t

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Hindu radicals’ beef with India’s bovine butchers is woefully undercooked.

Analysis and Commentary

‘God’s ACLU’ Seeks Freedom For The Faithful

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 28, 2017

The Becket Fund’s head on why religious liberty extends beyond church—and why the ‘Slants’ case helps believers.

Analysis and Commentary

India’s Best-Loved Politician

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 24, 2017

Sushma Swaraj wins admirers by helping citizens abroad.

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“There’s No Optimism”

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Michael McFaulvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 7, 2017

Hoover fellow Michael A. McFaul, former ambassador to Moscow, reflects on fading democratic hopes for Russia.


Modi And Netanyahu Begin A Beautiful Friendship

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Indian premier’s visit marks a diplomatic coming of age for India and Israel.The Indian premier’s visit marks a diplomatic coming of age for India and Israel.


Speechwriter Peter Robinson Who Helped Reagan ‘Tear Down That Wall’

by Tunku Varadarajaninterview with Peter M. Robinsonvia Politico
Monday, June 12, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses America’s journey from tearing down a wall to talk of building one on the country’s southern border.