Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

The buck must stop at the very top

The SIT’s decision to question Narendra Modi for the Gujarat riots underlines the reason why the new Communal Violence Bill must embrace the doctrine of command responsibility … 20 March … Continue reading

March 21, 2010 · 17 Comments

Little men re-enact Ayodhya chaos inside Parliament

Challenge for Chidambaram will be to go from jaw-jaw to law-law … 9 December 2009The Hindu NEWS ANALYSISLittle men re-enact Ayodhya chaos inside ParliamentChallenge for Chidambaram will be to go … Continue reading

December 9, 2009 · 5 Comments

Searing indictment of RSS, BJP, but action to be taken: Nothing

Hard conclusions, soft recommendations let sangh parivar, Centre off the hook 25 November 2009The Hindu NEWS ANALYSISSearing indictment of RSS, BJP, but action to be taken: Nothing Siddharth Varadarajan New … Continue reading

November 24, 2009 · 1 Comment

Proof of planning, conspiracy a big blow to BJP, RSS

Forget the question of who leaked what, let’s concentrate on the Liberhan report’s findings… 24 November 2009The Hindu NEWS ANALYSISProof of planning, conspiracy a big blow to BJP, RSSSiddharth Varadarajan … Continue reading

November 24, 2009 · 4 Comments

India after Indira, 25 years on

She didn’t have time to learn from our mistakes. What’s our excuse?… 1 November 2009The Hindu India after Indira, 25 years on Siddharth Varadarajan Indira Gandhi was not responsible for … Continue reading

November 1, 2009 · 9 Comments

1984: Who are the Guilty?

The report which blew the lid off the role Congress leaders played in the anti-Sikh massacres… Citizens Report Who Are The Guilty? Report of a joint inquiry into the causes … Continue reading

October 31, 2009 · 4 Comments

Modi’s ‘action-reaction’ quote

After taking on some apologists for Narendra Modi on Twitter, I realised the limitation of the 140 character limit for responses. These guys will probably never be satisfied… As I … Continue reading

October 27, 2009 · 24 Comments

Regardless of contents, Liberhan report is bad news for BJP

A decade and a half late, but the judicial commission inquiry into the demolition of the Babri masjid in 1992 will still have political consequences… 1 July 2009The Hindu Regardless … Continue reading

July 1, 2009 · 2 Comments

Media ethics and the SIT report on Gujarat

Reporters should be careful about claiming to have “access” to explosive confidential documents when all they might have are a few paragraphs selectively planted on them by vested interests. SIDDHARTH … Continue reading

May 13, 2009 · 3 Comments

Where silence prevails, justice will not

Narendra Modi is unwilling to even apologise for the Gujarat massacres because neither religious India nor political India considers his involvement a liability… 2 May 2009The Hindu Where silence prevails, … Continue reading

May 1, 2009 · 21 Comments

A campaign where hate is integral

Visiting a local BJP office in election mode reveals more about the true nature of the party’s politics than the dissembling of its national leadership… 16 April 2009The Hindu A … Continue reading

April 16, 2009 · 2 Comments

Dateline Orissa: Fear still stalks Kandhamal

The BJP hopes to capitalise on polarisation, insecurity by turning the focus on minorities 11 April 2009The Hindu ELECTIONS 2009Fear still stalks KandhamalThe BJP hopes to capitalise on polarisation, insecurity … Continue reading

April 11, 2009 · 1 Comment

Immunity for mobs in the ‘war on terror’

Within weeks of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, a new anti-terror law was hurriedly passed. But seven years after Gujarat, the promised law to deal with communal violence is nowhere in … Continue reading

April 7, 2009 · 8 Comments

A familiar stench

Varun Gandhi’s bigotry against Muslims is hardwired into the DNA of the BJP and Sangh Parivar. That is why he is still his party’s candidate for the elections… 24 March … Continue reading

March 23, 2009 · 18 Comments