About Salil Tripathi

Salil Tripathi was born in Bombay, India and lives in New York. He is a contributing editor at the Caravan and wrote a column for 14 years at Mint before it ended in 2022. He chaired PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee from 2015 to 2021 and is now a member of its board. Between 2009 and 2013, he was on the board of English PEN, where he co-chaired English PEN’s Writers-at-Risk Committee (with novelist Kamila Shamsie). In 2015, he received the Red Ink Award from the Mumbai Press Club for human rights journalism. In November 2011, he won the third prize at the Bastiat Awards for Journalism about free societies, in New York. In 1994 in Hong Kong, he received one of the awards at the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Awards for economic journalism. In 1990, the cover story he co-wrote on the ban on The Satanic Verses won a prize at the Asian Journalism Awards. He was a correspondent in India from 1987 to 1990 and moved to Singapore (and later Hong Kong) from 1991 to 1999. He lived in London from 1999-2019. He is a visiting scholar at the New York University.

Offence: The Hindu Case, about the rise of Hindu nationalism and its implications on free expression, is his first book. His book on the Bangladesh War of Liberation, The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy  was published by the Aleph Book Company in late 2014 for the Indian subcontinent, and by Yale University Press in Spring 2016. It was long-listed for the best work of non-fiction award at the Tata Literature Festival in 2015.  Detours: Songs of the Open Road, his collection of travel writing was published by Tranquebar in December 2015. His essay on Myanmar appeared recently in The Himalayan Arc, a collection edited by Namita Gokhale. He has written several essays on freedom in recent anthologies, including in Words Matter: Writings Against Silence, edited by the poet K Satchidanandan, in  A Thousand Cranes for India: Reclaiming Plurality Amid Hatred, edited by Pallavi Aiyar, and in Our Freedoms: Essays and Stories from India’s Best Writers, edited by Nilanjana Roy. His poems have appeared in Gossamer, an anthology of world poetry, edited by Pritha Kejriwal, Witness: The Red River Book of Poetry of Dissent, edited by Nabina Das, and Silence of the Fireflies, edited by P Mukherjee.

He is currently writing a book about Gujaratis, which Aleph will publish.

Salil has written for many publications around the world. These include The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, New York Times, New York Review of Books, Foreign Policy, New Republic, New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, and Philadelphia Inquirer in the United States; Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, Times, New Statesman, Spectator, Prospect, and Index on Censorship in the United Kingdom; Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong; Global Asia in South Korea; National and Khaleej Times in the United Arab Emirates; Shinchosha in Japan, and a few other publications. In India, he had been assistant editor at the Indian Post and senior correspondent at India Today.

He has been a senior visiting fellow for business and human rights at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, and is also an adviser to several global initiatives involving business and human rights. His academic writing has appeared in the Business and Human Rights Journal, Politorbis, the Netherlands Quarterly for Human Rights, and Oxford Development Studies, and chapters in several academic books.

Salil studied at the New Era School in Bombay and graduated from Sydenham College at  the University of Bombay. He later obtained his Masters in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College in the United States.


20 comments on “About Salil Tripathi

  1. We Indians back home are proud of you; the more the fame, the greater the brickbats- take it without batting an eyelid!

  2. […] with the author’s permission. Writer, columnist and human rights advisor Salil Tripathi is the author of Offence: The Hindu Case. ) Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLike this:LikeBe […]

  3. Parvathi Menon says:

    hi Salil, I am a correspondent for The Hindu based out of London. I really need to contact you about something. could you give me an email or phone number? Thanks, Parvathi Menon

  4. Visitar says:

    Thanks for finally talking about >About Salil Tripathi
    Offence: The Hindu Case <Liked it!

  5. Abshar says:

    I came to know about your existence only few months back. Since then a good portion of free time goes into reading your articles or articles which you tweet. And as I am currently in London away from home(Delhi) I have a lot of free time. As a reader in general and Indian in particular I am very proud of you.
    Continue being a good writer and good person which you are.
    God bless you.

  6. salil61 says:

    Thank you Abshar for your very kind words. I’m deeply touched. All the best to you for 2014.


  7. Hozefa Haveliwala says:

    Dear Salil:

    Please pick up a copy of “The Orphan of Mecca, Book One” by Harvey Havel. This also tells the story of Bangladesh and its founding. It is worth reading. If you like it, please email harveyhavel@hotmail.com.


  8. Sunil Baboo says:

    Dear Salil,
    Am a collector of India centric maps, rare books, prints, documents, letters etc.

    I am based in Bangalore!

    My purpose of writing this mail to you is to perceive the possibility of getting you interested in my collection, many of which is unique and perhaps the only one in existence.

    Being 56, I do believe I have some more years as a collector and I would like to use these few years letting many know of my collection, so when I would eventually sell, these collectibles would go to the appropriate places that would take care of them as I have done these past 33 years.

    Do let me know if you would like to be connected. It will enable me to share details of my collection with you!

    Should you find this message an intrusion, kindly accept my apologies. Do let me know, and you will not receive any messages from me.

    I wish you well and remain,

    Sincerely, Sunil Baboo

    Blog: http://www.colonialpapers.blogspot.in

  9. […] Published with permission from (and gratitude to) the author. […]

  10. […] In a parallel life, he is senior adviser, global issues, at the Institute for Human Rights and Business. More information about Salil’s writing can be found here. […]

  11. Happy Birthday. I am proud of you to have you as an elderly friend. Bangladesh will celebrate it’s 50th Birth anniversary very soon and I wish you are honoured by them for your book on their 1971 war of independence. Yours has been the most admired book on that war. By the way can they put to use the Kishor Parekh’s photo journalism on that war (from the book I had gifted you ? Hoti you… .. Best wishes and God bless you.

  12. R V says:

    Vastly experienced. Admirable,

  13. Rana Khan says:

    Hi Mr. Tripathi,

    I’m writing this on behalf of India Civil Watch organization, to request an interview for its newsletter.

    Please let me know if this is at all possible because as always, there is a deadline!

    Thanks you,
    Rana Khan

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