Tunku Varadarajan is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution

Tunku Varadarajan

Biography: 

Tunku Varadarajan was the Hoover Institution's institutional editor and editor-in-chief of Hoover’s in-house publication Defining Ideas. He was previously a research fellow at Hoover and the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism.  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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‘Caste’ Review: The High Cost Of Feeling Superior

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 28, 2020

Is social ranking color-coded in America? Do ‘deplorables’ belong to the same caste as the woke coastal elite?

Analysis and Commentary

The Smearing Of Nikki Haley

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 27, 2020

Liberal Indian-Americans accuse her of denying her heritage.

Analysis and Commentary

Democrats Make This Nonnative Restless

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 21, 2020

I watched all four nights of the Democratic National Convention. Huddled in front of my TV set, I was, by the end, yearning to breathe free. As an immigrant to the U.S., I found the Democrats’ obsession with immigrants grating. I’d like to tell Americans why.

Analysis and Commentary

Kamala, Goddess Of Wealth Creation

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It’s ‘comma-la,’ and don’t mix her up with the late pro wrestler.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Eat The Buddha’ Review: The Harrowing Of A Homeland

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, August 10, 2020

The ordeals of a powerless but spiritual people suffering under Chinese rule—and protesting their fate dramatically.

Analysis and Commentary

The New ‘Gold Rush In Space’

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 7, 2020

Russian immigrant Mikhail Kokorich talks about America’s edge in the new era of private exploration, and his own plans for a water-fueled space transport.

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The “Jewell” of Carmel

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

No longer Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood still emits the occasional “Make my day!” But the Hollywood provocateur, director/producer of the recent Richard Jewell, also admits he wishes the president were less “ornery.”

Globe turned to South America
Analysis and Commentary

The Ex-King Of Spain Hops A Plane

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Juan Carlos has decamped for the Dominican Republic.

‘Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’ Review: Chronicles From the Playing Field

by Tunku Varadarajan
Friday, July 31, 2020

For more than 150 years, an annual volume has recorded the wonders of cricket with meticulous care and quirky affection.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Baseless’ Review: Information, Please

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, July 24, 2020

Instead of transparency and truth, redaction and delay. How is a researcher supposed to test his maverick theory?

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