Is India Illiberal?
Chidanand Rajghatta with Naresh Fernandes
Chidanand (“Chidu”) Rajghatta is currently the Foreign Editor and U.S Bureau Chief of The Times of India. In an expansive career now in its 37rd year, Chidu Rajghatta has often written the first draft of history from the geo-political frontiers of India, the United States, and their engagement with the world.
Chidu Rajghatta was born in Bangalore, India, where he also grew up, studied, and began his journalistic career with the Indian Express in 1981. After stints with Sunday magazine and The Telegraph of Kolkata, he worked at India Today before he became Editor of The Sunday Times of India in Delhi. He was the Resident Editor of The Indian Express in Mumbai when he was sent to Washington DC in 1994, a two-year posting that has now turned out to be a 25-year stay that has made him one of the longest serving foreign correspondents in Washington DC.
Rajghatta is the author of The Horse That Flew: How India’s Silicon Gurus Spread their Wings (Harper Collins 2001) and Illiberal India: Gauri Lankesh and the Age of Unreason (Amazon Westland 2018).
Naresh Fernandes is the editor of Scroll.in, a digital news publication. He has previously worked for The Times of India, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and Time Out in Mumbai and New York. He is the author of City Adrift: A Short Biography of Bombay and Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay’s Jazz Age.