Pieter Friedrich


Pieter is a US-based independent journalist and author specializing in analysis of current and historical affairs in South Asia, with a particular focus on the issue of India’s Hindu nationalist movement and its influence on socipolitical events in America.

“Friedrich is the only independent investigative journalist in the US to doggedly track every American politician and political event with connections to the transnational networks of the militant Hindu outfit, the RSS.” 
— Dr. Sruti Bala
“Pieter’s work is meticulously researched, dogged, and consistently sheds light on the connection between neoliberalism, white supremacy, Hindutva, and violence.” 
— Suchitra Vijayan, Esq.
“Friedrich’s work in cautioning the West against this [Hindu nationalist] threat is pioneering and remarkable.”
— Dr. John Dayal

About Pieter

Pieter engages with issues such as human rights, supremacist political ideologies, ethnonationalism, politicization of religion, authoritarian government structures and policies, state-sponsored atrocities, transnational repression, and the need to unify around doctrines of liberty. Above all, he’s interested in replacing politics of hate with politics of reconciliation.

His articles have been published in AntiWar.com, Caravan, The Indian Panorama, The Quint, The Wire, Two Circles, and elsewhere. He and/or his work have been featured in The Chicago Sun-Times, Christianity Today, Deutsche Welle, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, French Radio Internationale, The Hindu, The Intercept, Middle East Eye, ThePrint, San Jose Insider, Scroll, Slate, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. He is the author of four books and several booklets, some of which are translated into French, Hindi, Kannada, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, and more.

He has spoken alongside and/or been cited by parliamentarians from Australia, Germany, and the UK. He has also lectured at many universities, including Columbia University, James Madison University, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, and more. A staunch advocate for religious liberty and interfaith cooperation, he has spoken at mosques, gurdwaras, churches, and viharas throughout North America.

Working alongside the global Indian diaspora for decades, he has collaborated with civil society groups from Indian Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities. Since 2019, much of his work has focused on tracing the networks and money trails of American Hindu nationalist organizations. Consequently, a 2023 Washington Post investigation revealed that he was the target of an Indian intelligence disinformation campaign.

He is the recipient of the 2023 Appreciation Award from the National Association of Asian Indian Christians (NAAIC).

Born and raised in California, he has traveled extensively and lived at length in both Europe and Asia. He enjoys reading, hiking, museums, and spending time with family and friends. He is a catechumen in the Orthodox Church in America.

To contact him with requests for interviews or speaking engagements, please email pieterjfriedrich [at] gmail [dot] com.