[Japan-India Distinguished Visitors Program] India’s Foreign and Strategic Policy in Asia ―The India-China-U.S. Troika, and Japan

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  • 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)
As the world enters an era of what political scientist Ian Bremmer calls a G-Zero world, where power has been diffused at the global level and there is no single superpower, Asia will without doubt be one of the centers of gravity. Engaging with Asia will be a prime concern for India in its foreign and strategic policy, and how to manage its relations with China and the United States is of particular importance to India on many grounds. In this lecture, the award-winning journalist Siddharth Varadarajan will analyze India’s diplomatic policy in Asia and examine what role Japan is expected to play.

Siddharth Varadarajan

Photo:VaradarajanSiddharth Varadarajan is Editor of The Hindu, one of the most influential and respected English language newspapers in India. He covers a broad range of topics from international issues, such as the relationship between India and China in Asia, India’s foreign policy, and the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to the domestic issues such as religious and ethnic antagonism and the crises in Gujarat and Kashmir. He is one of the most credible voices in matters of defense and foreign policy in India today, and his articles are frequently quoted in the newspapers not only in India but also outside the country.

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).