Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

An Attack on the Right to Liberty

MINT | The Greenpeace activist is entitled to her view. The government was at fault when it stopped her from going abroad without just cause

January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Modi Scissorhands And The Future Of Films In India

HUFFINGTON POST | The government’s choices for the Censor Board plumb a new low even for a body prone to politicisation and patronage

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

It is ‘PK’ Protestors Who Are Mocking Hinduism

NDTV | The Hindutva outfits may not like the movie but state governments must uphold the right of the public to safely watch the film if they so desire

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Compelling people to vote will empower big money, not citizens

TIMES OF INDIA | There are many problems with Indian democracy and the Indian electoral system that need fixing but compulsory voting is hardly the answer to these

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

So Everyone’s a Censor Now

Increasingly, we don’t know where to draw the line between protest and the forcible imposition of one’s views on others

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Modi, Gita and the Dharma of a Prime Minister

NDTV | He should worry about the activities of his communal friends, not the imagined sins of ‘secular’ foes

September 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Debate: Is the humiliation of Opposition leaders a BJP conspiracy?

HEADLINES TODAY | Parties have won and lost power at the Centre in the past but never before have we seen supporters of the winner behaving in this manner

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The futility of not talking to Pakistan

MINT | Just how misplaced this strategy is can be seen from the number of times India resolved not to talk to Pakistan because it was unhappy with Islamabad, only to back off with its primary goals unmet.

August 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Is the Modi power vertical the dominant force in government?

FORBES | The Modi power vertical has quickly asserted itself as the dominant force in the Indian system, serving notice to all pillars of the state that it will not be restrained or intimidated by their influence or oversight.

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Azam Khan’s poison tongue

Azam Khan wanted to drive fence-sitting Hindus into the BJP’s arms in order to ensure fence-sitting Muslims stay with SP.

April 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Penguin effect

The ‘alternative’ publishing house, Navayana, is wrong to cancel Joe D’Cruz’s contract for the English translation of his Tamil classic, Aazhi Soozh Ulagu (Ocean Ringed World), just because the author has emerged as a Modi supporter.

April 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

NGO had warned of crash risk at Mangalore airport

I have no idea about the work or credibility of the Environment Support Group and Leo Saldhana in Mangalore but the fact that they had filed a PIL in 1997 … Continue reading

May 22, 2010 · 4 Comments

Jyotirmaya Sharma on Arundhati Roy’s Bureau of Moral Certification

In 2000, the historian Ramachandra Guha wrote a withering critique of Arundhati Roy, calling her the ‘Arun Shourie of the Left’. Guha attacked her essay on the Narmada project and … Continue reading

May 1, 2010 · 9 Comments

The perils of political paratrooping

In Shashi Tharoor’s rise and fall, a Congress attempt to woo middle class … 20 April 2010The Hindu NEWS ANALYSISThe perils of political paratroopingSiddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: The petit-bourgeois mind … Continue reading

April 20, 2010 · 3 Comments