Rakesh Kaul

Rakesh Kaul, a highly accomplished and well-recognized business leader based in New Jersey, is the author of the bestselling “The Last Queen of Kashmir” (HarperCollins) and the critically acclaimed “Dawn: The Warrior Princess of Kashmir” (Penguin India). He migrated to the US from Kashmir in 1972 after becoming a gold medalist at IIT Delhi. In addition to a distinguished business career, Kaul has written extensively for leading newspapers and magazines and has been a keynote speaker on the history, politics and culture of Kashmir. He has served as the co-chairman of the Arts of Kashmir Exhibition at the Asia Society in New York. Kaul was a founding contributor to the first chair of India Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and to the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Mattoo Center for India Studies at the State University of New York. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, where he was the Leon Carroll Marshall Fellow, and an MS from Brown University. He serves as the vice-chairman of the Indo-American Arts Council.

Taliban Takeover Will Further Radicalize Pakistan and Increase Nuclear Threat

October 22, 2021

It is now well known that younger officers in the Pakistani army are no longer members of the Scotch-swilling elite. To understand the growing radicalization in Pakistan, it is instructive to read Nadeem F. Paracha, a noted columnist in Dawn, Pakistan’s most reputed newspaper. In 2013, he wrote a tour...

Kashmir’s History and Future Meet in Literature

September 24, 2020

For as long as one can remember, the stunningly beautiful valley of Kashmir has been a tinder box of clashing ideologies and religious beliefs. In the not too distant past, it was known as the land of Rishis, holy seers who combined the profound philosophies of Hinduism, Buddhism and Sufism...