Toronto-born Daniel Lak was a BBC correspondent in South Asia from 1992 to 2004, based first in Pakistan then in India and finally in Kathmandu, Nepal. From Islamabad, he covered the Afghan civil war in the 1990′s and the rise of the Taliban. He was in Kabul for three weeks after the Taliban took the city in September of 1996. In 1997, he was posted as BBC India reporter in New Delhi where he prepared reports and hosted television and radio specials around the 50th anniversary of the independence of India. While serving in New Delhi, Lak spent much of his time on the road in India, traveling from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gaumukh to Gujarat, reporting on environmental, political, social and economic issues.
In 2001, his reporting for BBC radio on the Gujarat earthquakes earned him a nomination for the One World broadcasting award for developmental journalism. In that same year, Lak covered the massacre of the Nepalese royal family in Kathmandu and the aftermath of the Al Qaeda attacks on the United States in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. During his time in Nepal, Lak also worked for the Economist, the Independent, the Sunday Independent, the Mail on Sunday (all UK), the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) the Globe and Mail (Toronto) and is still a regular columnist in the Indian magazine, Outlook, Since returning to North America, he has worked for the BBC, CBC and other media outlets on stories in Haiti, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Mexico, the Caribbean and Washington D.C.
He is the author of Mantras of Changes: Reporting India in Times of Flux, and the recently published India Express: The Future of a New Superpower. He was the writer and director of Afghanistan, Journey through a broken country, Ichannel Toronto, ARTE France and MDF Germany. He is at work on a book about the Indian Diaspora and a novel about Nepal. Between books and films, Lak works as a political risk and media consultant on South Asia. Clients include the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
The Future of the New Superpower
These days India is in the news almost daily, and it is taking on a much more involved role in international politics, policy, and military intervention....