Salil Tripathi

Salil Tripathi

Journalist and author

Salil Tripathi is a writer based in New York. He is the immediate past chair of PEN International's Writers in Prison Committee. He has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, and many others, and was a correspondent in Singapore for the Far Eastern Economic Review. He is a regular contributor to Mint and Caravan in India. His books include The Colonel Who Would Not Repent: The Bangladesh War and its Unquiet Legacy (2015), Detours: Songs of the Open Road (2016), and earlier, Offence: The Hindu Case (2009). Mumbai-born Salil is an award-winning journalist. His next book is about the Gujaratis.

Articles by Salil Tripathi


India in the World: Modi's Moment in the Sun – or the Shade?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

India’s desire to be taken seriously as a major international player is legitimate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s supporters are counting on him to secure the nation’s position as a global power. But his handling of domestic problems and relations with Pakistan and other neighbors raises questions about whether Modi is the man to put India irrevocably on the world map, writes Mumbai-born journalist and author Salil Tripathi.


After Trump’s Disruptions, Biden Has a Full Agenda in Asia

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The new president’s advantage, according to Mumbai-born journalist and author Salil Tripathi, is his experience and maturity.


The Most Vulnerable: The Pandemic’s Impact on Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Workers are left at the mercy of employers, who laid off an estimated 10 percent of the workforce.


Rule Out Britannia: After Her, A Delusion?

Thursday, July 7, 2022

A reflection on Britain’s colonial past, its present political challenges, and its prospects for a global, post-Brexit future.


Over Two Decades After His Downfall, Malaysia’s Man-in-a-Hurry Finally Arrives

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Journalist Salil Tripathi reflects on Anwar Ibrahim, the firebrand turned reformist politician, and his long and arduous journey to become prime minister of Malaysia