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Ravish Tiwari

(India & Linacre 2005) (2 September 1981 - 19 February 2022)

Ravish Tiwari, National Political Editor and Chief of National Bureau of The Indian Express died on 19 February 2022 at the age of 40. He had been fighting cancer since June 2020. 

Growing up in Deoria in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Ravish studied at the Indian Institute of Technology, where he got his dual B.Tech- M.Tech in metallurgy and material sciences. His passion for questions that go to the heart of politics and society made him switch to social sciences and he studied at Oxford University in 2005-2006 as a Rhodes Scholar.

In a media ecosystem where self-promotion is almost a credo, Tiwari let his stories do the talking. Some of his most recent work included flagging the shifting political wind on the farm laws to the RSS disquiet over the farm protests; revealing how the Government reached out to Congress chief whip the night before it split Jammu and Kashmir to explaining why this year’s Budget kept an arm’s length from politics. His analytical work identified crucial trends including the importance of the first-time voter in 2014 and the political economy of the national rural employment guarantee scheme.

PM Modi said in a tweet: “Destiny has taken away Ravish Tiwari too soon. A bright career in the media world comes to an end. I would enjoy reading his reports and would also periodically interact with him. He was insightful and humble. Condolences to his family and many friends. Om Shanti.”