Vidya Subrahmaniam, Senior Fellow

Vidya Subrahmaniam was until 2014 Associate Editor with The Hindu based in Delhi.

In a journalistic career spanning 34 years, she has written and reported extensively and has handled diverse assignments in a number of newspapers –from city reporting in Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi with The Indian Express through a stint as State correspondent in Lucknow with the same newspaper to serving on the national news bureaus of The Indian Post, The Independent and The Statesman.

In 1994, she joined The Times of India in Delhi on the editorial page and over the following decade became the paper’s principal leader writer. She wrote commentaries on politics and international affairs and also oversaw the editorial page from time to time.

In 2004, she joined The Hindu as a Deputy Editor in Chennai and moved to Delhi a year later. At The Hindu, she wrote news stories, editorials and opinion pieces on a range of subjects, paying special attention to politics and socio-political conflicts and intersections. She has studied with interest the interplay between and the almost simultaneous growth of sectarian politics and social justice in the Hindi heartland.

Her passion is field reporting on elections which she has done extensively over the past two decades – and with a fair degree of success – tracking in particular the translation of subaltern aspirations into political power in Uttar Pradesh.

She holds an M.A. degree from the Delhi School of Economics. In 2013, she won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in the category, “Commentary and Interpretative Writing.”

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