Rahul Pandita is a journalist and an author based in New Delhi. He is currently the deputy editor of the weekly news and current affairs magazine, Open. Earlier 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).
India’s ruling party has long promised justice for Kashmiri Hindus who were forced out of their homes in 1990. But a continuing lockdown is only creating a deeper wedge between Hindus and Muslims.