Rahul Pandita is a journalist and an author based in Delhi. He is currently a 2015 Yale World Fellow. He is the author of “Our Moon Has Blood Clots“, a memoir on how Kashmiri Pandits became victims of a brutal ethnic cleansing at the hands of Islamist militants in the valley of Kashmir in 1990 (Random House India, 2013). It was shortlisted for The Crossword Book Award, 2013. He has also authored the best-selling “Hello, Bastar: The Untold Story of India’s Maoist Movement” (Westland/Tranquebar Press, 2011), and co-authored the critically-acclaimed “The Absent State” (Hachette India, 2010). He has extensively reported from war zones that include Iraq and Sri Lanka. In the last few years, most of his work has been focussed on India’s Maoist rebellion, in Central and East India. In 2010, he received the International Red Cross award for conflict reporting.
Rahul has been a speaker at international forums like the Carnegie Endowment Center, Stanford University, Brown University, State University of New York, Michigan University, 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).
Rahul’s last job was as Editor (Opinion and Special Stories) of the national English daily, The Hindu.