Tunku Varadarajan is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution

Tunku Varadarajan

Biography: 

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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The French Philosopher Who Loves America

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 8, 2019

Bernard-Henri Lévy describes the gilets jaunes as a ‘crisis of liberal democracy’ and Trump as an ‘epiphenomenon’ of American ‘retreat.’

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A Parkland Father’s Quest For Accountability

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 11, 2019

In a campground near Lake Kissimmee, Andrew Pollack and I sit in the shadow of a white RV, his spartan home. He broods by my side in cargo shorts and a T-shirt. He’s just sold his large house in Coral Springs, Fla., because he feels “physically sick to be in Broward County,” where his 18-year-old daughter was shot dead last Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas School in Parkland. He’s lived in his RV for nearly three weeks with his wife and their Belgian Malinois puppy, who isn’t yet at ease with life in a mobile home. A campfire burns skittishly in the lakeside wind, its blaze nothing compared with Mr. Pollack’s burning rage.

Analysis and Commentary

‘Unruly Waters’ And ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, January 4, 2019

The opening shot of “Mother India,” the most iconic film made in India in the decade after its independence, is of an old peasant woman struggling to grow crops on parched land. Behind her are rumbling tractors and earth movers, unsubtle symbols of progress. Then the camera pans past electric cables and newly metaled roads to a magnificent dam, which will bring water to the arid earth. 

Analysis and Commentary

College Bloat Meets ‘The Blade’

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, December 14, 2018

Mitch Daniels, America’s most innovative university president, tells how he’s kept tuition from rising and how acquiring Kaplan University will expand educational access.

Analysis and Commentary

The Amazing Madoff Clawback

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 30, 2018

How two lawyers, Irving Picard and David Sheehan, have recovered 75 cents on the dollar of the stolen money—many times the usual rate in such cases.

Analysis and Commentary

Death Of A Missionary

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 25, 2018

[Subscription Required] North Sentinel Island lies 500 miles to the east of India in the Bay of Bengal. It is inhabited by 50 to 150 people—no one knows how many for sure—descended from Stone Age migrants from Africa who settled there 50,000 years ago. Their way of life has changed little since those primordial times. No one in the world outside knows their language.

Analysis and Commentary

A Mayor Seeks To Stymie His City’s Only Successful School

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 16, 2018

In struggling New Bedford, Mass., the Alma del Mar charter faces opposition to its expansion plan.

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‘Churchill: Walking With Destiny’ Review: A Life At Full Pelt

by Tunku Varadarajan with Andrew Robertsvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 16, 2018

[Subscription Required] Some of the best accounts of Churchill’s life were written by Churchill himself, setting his biographers some daunting competition. How do you write more eloquently than a man who wrote prose so fine it was deemed worthy (in 1953) of a Nobel Prize in literature?

Analysis and Commentary

Taking The Law Into Your Own Handheld

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 11, 2018

Joshua Browder is an ambitious young man. A 21-year-old computer-science senior at Stanford, he aims to make lawyers obsolete, at least for humdrum troubles such as parking tickets, disputes with landlords, and small claims for which legal fees would wipe out much of the compensation.

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A Taste of Polish Anger

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

Political figure Ryszard Legutko explains why Poland’s ruling party is blazing its own path.

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