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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Preserving A Great Scholar’s Legacy

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Robert Conquestvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, April 21, 2018

The widow of Robert Conquest talks about the life and work of the historian, including three books still forthcoming.

Simpson's Apu
Analysis and Commentary

Leave Apu Alone—He’s A Great American

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 12, 2018

An unfunny comedian launches an attack on ‘his cartoon nemesis.’

Analysis and Commentary

One Belt, One Road, One Thrashing: How China Took Pakistan Hostage

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Print
Monday, April 9, 2018

As the United States draws closer to India, Pakistan has come to regard China as a life-support machine.


Manhood In The Age Of Trump

by Tunku Varadarajanfeaturing Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 30, 2018

The author of ‘Manliness’ suggests the president’s vulgar appeal may be the beginning of the end of the push for gender-neutrality.

Analysis and Commentary

A Crisis Over Cricket Rocks Australia

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The sport mystifies Americans, but they love it Down Under.

Analysis and Commentary

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.

Narendra Modi
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.