Chidanand Rajghatta has been a journalist based in the United States since 1994, currently with The Times of India.
Rajghatta initially went to Washington DC in 1994 as the U.S Correspondent of the Indian Express, of which he was the Resident Editor of the flagship edition in Mumbai. In 2001, after six years of reporting for the Indian Express from the United States, he became the Foreign Editor for The Times of India, based in Washington DC.
In effect, he has been a Washington DC-based journalist for almost 24 years now –the longest serving Indian correspondent in the U.S -- covering some six Presidential terms (and elections), four Presidents, and an assortment of historic events and stories in the U.S and across the globe. He also writes an occasional lighter column ruminating on the oddities in American and Indian life and society, which he straddles.
Earlier in India, he worked with the weekly magazine Sunday and The Telegraph daily from the ABP Group, and with India Today. He was also Editor of The Sunday Times of India in Delhi.
He is the author of The Horse That Flew: How India’s Silicon Gurus Spread Their Wings, published by Harper Collins.
Chidanand Rajghatta is married to Dr Mary Breeding, a political scientist, and they have two children – Diya Janani, 5, and Dhyan Sharana, 2. They live in Takoma Park, Maryland, just outside Washington DC.
Lighter resume+introduction of Chidanand (“Chidu) Rajghatta
Chidanand Rajghatta has been a foreign correspondent based in the United States since 1994, which makes him somewhat of a relic among a fast-dwindling species of an endangered genre.
Chidu Rajghatta initially came to Washington DC in 1994 as a U.S Correspondent of the Indian Express, of which he was the Resident Editor of the flagship edition in Mumbai. In 2001, after six years of reporting for the Indian Express from the United States, he accepted the position of the Foreign Editor of The Times of India, intending to go return to India soon after wrapping up the Bush v Gore Presidential election in 2000. In fact, he was all packed and ready to move in November 2000, but as we all know, that was an election that didn’t end on schedule. Or at least the verdict wasn’t settled on schedule.
Asked to stay on in Washington DC, he still intended to return to India by the year-end, when 9/11 exploded in the United States. Three more years passed by in a flash, and before he knew it, he had a dog, a cat, a car, a mortgaged home, a girlfriend, and other accouterments of permanency. Worse, he was rooting for the local football team, reading the sports and metro pages of the Washington Post, and subscribed to the Takoma Voice, the sub-local paper from his neck of the woods.
In effect, Chidu Rajghatta has been a Washington DC-based Foreign Correspondent for almost 24 years now, covering some six Presidential terms (and elections), four Presidents, and an assortment of historic events and stories in the U.S and across the globe. Strangely, this has included covering world cup cricket in England and South Africa, wildlife and conservation in South America, and immigration and diaspora in Europe and North America.
Between all this, he has also remained in touch with politics and turmoil in India, once, while he was still a U.S Correspondent, reporting on Sonia Gandhi v Sushma Swaraj by-election in Bellary, India, an event that took place close to his roots in Karnataka.
Speaking of roots, and as evidence of his being the salt of his earth, he likes to boast – when the USDA is not listening – that his foodgrains come from his farmstead at back home.