Tunku Varadarajan is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution

Tunku Varadarajan

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Tunku Varadarajan is the Hoover Institution's institutional editor and editor-in-chief 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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‘How To Be A Dictator’ Review: A Poetics For Tyrants

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Frank Diköttervia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 29, 2019

A dictator cannot lead through oppression alone. He must also create the illusion of public support.

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A Hindu-Muslim Clash, A Jury-Rigged Fix

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Anyone who has visited India for longer than a few days is likely familiar with jugaad, a Hindi word that describes a workaround solution to a problem, often a clumsy fix that cuts corners or bends rules. The closest English equivalents are “hack” and “kludge,” methods employed when conventional solutions are costly, arduous or impossible.

Analysis and Commentary

Centrifugal Forces Tug At The World

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 15, 2019

Spain’s former leader, José María Aznar, reflects on secession movements at home and in Europe, and on the Trump era’s challenges to the postwar order.

Analysis and Commentary

The Christian Roots Of #MeToo

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, October 18, 2019

Historian Tom Holland argues both sides of the culture wars share similar theological assumptions—including the dignity of women, which he traces to St. Paul.

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Putting Tolerance to the Test

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

At its founding, India displayed a powerful affinity for Western values—equality, self-rule, dignity. But in the name of Hindu tradition, the country’s present rulers are flouting those values.

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Elegy in an English Church

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

One quietly proud corner of Britain sees Brexit as a matter of what to keep, not whom to exclude.

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Tunku Varadarajan: How Mexicans See The U.S. And Trump

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 27, 2019

The border fence is ‘a visible example of national paranoia,’ author Paul Theroux says. Yet he thinks Americans are right to be afraid.

Analysis and Commentary

‘The Only Plane In The Sky’ And ‘Fall And Rise’ Review: Out Of The Blue On Sept. 11

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 6, 2019
A remembrance of beauty persists alongside the horrors that mark Sept. 11, 2001. A storm had swept across the Northeast the day before, giving rise that morning to a rare meteorological phenomenon known as “severe clear.”
Analysis and Commentary

A Feminist Capitalist Professor Under Fire

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 30, 2019

The students who demand her firing, Camille Paglia argues, take prosperity for granted, are socially undeveloped, and know little about Western history. Who’s Moses?

Analysis and Commentary

Why The EU Lost Middle England

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 22, 2019

Brexit isn’t rooted in ‘emotion’ but in a quiet sense of civilization evident in a village church.

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