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New York City and the United States of America have become the global centre of the Coronavirus pandemic in April 2020, with over half a million people testing positive for SARS-COV-2 across the US, and a loss of over 20,000 people. New York City alone accounts for nearly half the affected people in the USA.
Chidanand Rajghatta is a journalist, foreign affairs columnist and a Bangalorean – who has been writing for Indians from Washington DC for about 25 years. He discusses how the world’s largest economy and greatest power has responded to the pandemic threat so far. He shares his views on the kind of leadership that has been seen at the State and Federal level in the United States. He also talks about the upcoming US presidential elections, and US-India relations during this crisis.
Don’t miss Chidanand Rajghatta’s ongoing reportage from Washington DC on US politics and pandemic response in The Times of India.
Chidanand (“Chidu”) Rajghatta is currently the Foreign Editor and U.S Bureau Chief of The Times of India. In an expansive career now in its 37rd year, Chidu Rajghatta has often written the first draft of history from the geo-political frontiers of India, the United States, and their engagement with the world.
Chidu Rajghatta was born in Bangalore, India, where he also grew up, studied, and began his journalistic career with the Indian Express in 1981. After stints with Sunday magazine and The Telegraph of Kolkata, he worked at India Today before he became Editor of The Sunday Times of India in Delhi. He was the Resident Editor of The Indian Express in Mumbai when he was sent to Washington DC in 1994, a two-year posting that has now turned out to be a 25-year stay that has made him one of the longest serving foreign correspondents in Washington DC.
Rajghatta is the author of The Horse That Flew: How India’s Silicon Gurus Spread their Wings (Harper Collins 2001) and Illiberal India: Gauri Lankesh and the Age of Unreason (Amazon Westland 2018).