- Lecturer: Siddharth Varadarajan (Editor, The Hindu)
- Date: Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm
- Venue: Iwasaki Koyata Memorial Hall, International House of Japan
- Language: English / Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
- Co-organizer: The Japan Foundation
- Admission: Free (Reservation required)
Prior to joining The Hindu, he worked with The Times of India for nine years. At that time, he was the only Indian journalist to cover the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia from Belgrade and the 2001 destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban in Afghanistan. At The Hindu, he had worked as chief of the national bureau and chief editor for Delhi issues, and in May 2011 he was appointed editor in chief, as the first non-family, professional editor.
He was honored by the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for Written Media Silver Medal for his series of articles, Persian Puzzle on Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2005 and won the Ramnath Goenka award for print Journalism in 2010.
Varadarajan has also been involved with the academic world in the course of his work. After studying at the London School of Economics and Columbia University, he taught at New York University as trained economist until 1995. He was also invited as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and was a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University in 2009.
He has edited Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy (Penguin Global, 2002).