Rahul Pandita

Rahul Pandita

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Rahul Pandita is a journalist and an author based in New Delhi. Until recently, he was the opinion and special stories editor of The Hindu, one of India’s leading English-language newspapers. He has reported extensively from various theaters of war, including Iraq and Sri Lanka. In India, Rahul is mostly known for his reportage on Maoist insurgency in central and eastern India, and on the turmoil in Kashmir in northern India. He is the author of three bestselling books: “Our Moon Has Blood Clots: A Memoir of a Lost Home in Kashmir”, “Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement” and “The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance” [co-authored]. He is the recipient of the International Red Cross Award for conflict reporting and has been a speaker at international forums such as the Carnegie Endowment Center, Stanford University, Brown University, the State University of New York, the University of Michigan, and the World Affairs Council. In Fall 2014, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI). He belongs to the minority Hindu community of Kashmir called Kashmiri Pandits who were forced into exile in 1990 in an act of ethnic cleansing. Through his work and advocacy of truth and reconciliation, he is aiming at bringing to justice the perpetrators of crimes against the Pandit community, and also at bridging the chasm between the Pandits and the majority Muslim community in his homeland.

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