Salil Tripathi is the author of Offense: The Hindu Case (Seagull, 2009), about Hindu nationalist attacks on free expression. He is a London-based writer currently writing two books. Former correspondent for Far Eastern Economic Review in Singapore, he has written for The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Republic in the U.S., and is a columnist at Mint and contributing editor at Caravan in India. He has an M.B.A. from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College and is the chair of the Writers-in-Prison Committee at the English PEN.

A new Gandhi biography has been banned by a state in India, but that’s just the latest in the country’s troubled history of limiting free speech, says Salil Tripathi. Plus, view a gallery of India’s most infamous censored, banned, and attacked books.

London's Lancaster House has witnessed historic meetings, but Tuesday's conference on Libya was not among them. Instead, Salil Tripathi says, the event revealed the limited power of post-Iraq Western governments.