Saeed Naqvi is a well known Indian journalist. Besides being a reporter and columnist on domestic politics, he has simultaneously set a bar for foreign coverage. That is the exceptional quality of his work.

Long-format TV interviews with world statesmen like Fidel Castro, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Saddam Hussain, Muammar Qaddafi, Benazir Bhutto, Henry Kissinger, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hashemi Rafsanjani, Hosni Mubarak, Mahathir Mohammad and a string of British, European and Asian Foreign Ministers. Some of these interviews were world scoops as the western media at the time did not have access to leaders like Fidel Castro and Muammar Qaddaffi. 

Some of the others interviewed: Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Perez de Cueller, Boutros-Boutros Ghali, Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-Moon, Ali Akbar Vilayati, Gen. Parvez Musharraf, Tariq Aziz, Colin Powel, Ahmad Chalabi, Hamid Karzai, Romano Prodi, Jacques Chirac, Prince Hassan of Jordan, Abdullah Gul, Robert Blackwill, Strobe Talbot, Robin Cook, Jack Straw, Mohammad Javad Zarif, William Hague.

Visited over a hundred countries in pursuit of stories and travelled the length and breadth of India. Covered the 1971 war with Pakistan, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. Subsequently, covered the Sir Lanka Civil War, 1971, Sino-Vietnam war, 1979, US bombing of Libya, 1986, the first coup in Fiji, 1987, Nicaragua war, 1989, Operation Desert Storm, 1991, US occupation of Afghanistan 2002 and Iraq, 2003, Syrian civil war, 2011.

Path-breaking work in the field of India’s plural culture and the history of Hindustani classical music. Produced a three-part DVD series on the History of Hindustani Classical Music, cherished by connoisseurs. Produced 35 short films on India’s composite culture which were considered a landmark.

Has lectured at several universities and think tanks in India and abroad. In the US, spoken at Brown University, Yale University, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. In London, invited for talks at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Nehru Centre and King’s College.

Been a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a leading think tank in New Delhi. Founder-editor of World Report, a pioneering effort that did path-breaking work in foreign news coverage from the Indian perspective, 1986 to 2004. Worked as Editor, Foreign Editor, and Foreign Correspondent for major Indian dailies – The Indian Express, The Statesman. Written for a range of foreign publications like the New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Boston Globe and others.


Authored three books: “Reflections of an Indian Muslim” published in 1992 and “The Last Brahmin Prime Minister” (1996). A seminal work — “Being The Other: The Muslim in India” — was published by Aleph Books, in July 2016.

Research papers

Armed Intervention in International Affairs.

Does the War on Terror strengthen the idea of Pashtunistan?

Kosovo – wider implications.

Afghanistan – Will the US leave?

The Arab Spring – Promises and Challenges – based on extended journeys in the region

The future of Syria


Went to school at La Martiniere, Lucknow, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Studied at the Thomson School of Journalism, Cardiff, UK after graduating from Delhi University. Was Parvin Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, US.