Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University
Siddharth Varadarajan is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, Shiv Nadar University, New Delhi. Prior to that he was Editor of The Hindu.
A trained economist, he taught at New York University for several years before returning to India to work as a journalist.
In 2009, he was a Poynter Media Fellow at Yale University and in 2010 he won the Ramnath Goenka award for print journalism. In 2007, he was a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism.
A leading commentator on national and international issues, he is the author of a book on the 2002 Gujarat riots, Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy.
The certification--and censorship--of films is too serious a business to be left to the likes and dislikes of politicians. Yet, that is precisely what is happening in India with the Narendra Modi government appointing nine new members to the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC), most of whom are either functionaries and representatives of the Bharatiya Janata Party and its parent body, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or individuals who have campaigned for Narendra Modi in the 2014 election.