Nattasini and Arvind Kumar Nair, two of India's finest journalists and journalists of great talent and authority, who were arrested in India in the course of their work for The New jarvees.comYork Times jarvees.com– the newspaper that I cover every day – were murdered by a deranged lone-wolf terrorist.
The murder was announced on Friday afternoon, before the end of the annual festival of the National Youth Congress, and as the days went by. The attack came at the end of an extended debate at Natta Nattasini's funeral. Natta was the author and editor of the first of the "new and modern" editions of the Hindu Times, which is now out of print; it was his last. He was the editor and founder-editor of The Times of India, the international newspaper of India, until he died of throat cancer in September. He was deeply committed to journalistic integrity.
Nattasini is now the only independent journalist in India and one of a few foreign-language journalists in the country, with a well-publicized, and hugely successful, career in New York that saw him cover a range of stories from the바카라 nuclear power disaster of 1998 to the plight of people in South Sudan.
When I met Nattasini, in an apartment in New Delhi in early March, he had just come in from writing about his family, and asked me how it had been that so much has happened to him since he published two books about the assassination of his father, in 2006. "In that moment," he said, "you would think all things must have gone right for you. But I was still the young reporter I was as a kid, and I did not have any experience. I had been living in New Delhi for a week. I had never lived in a foreign place before. What was the point? I could not explain to you in words why I chose to do it this way and this way." He spoke not even an inch of English.
He had also been working on a book about the terrorist and his life – "Who is Arvind Kumar Nair? – in South Sudan and the Indian government, under the headline, 'Arvind was our leader'," in his own words. "That was all he had to say to us when I asked him about it. We worked through the week. By the time the next day came, the book had grown too big for us all. We were about to start work again, and as the author of the book and th