Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

That Syrian oil deal: Government lies about U.S. pressure

On January 28, I had reported in The Hindu how the U.S. had handed over an aide memoire to the Ministry of External Affairs demanding that India back out of … Continue reading

February 23, 2006 · 2 Comments

Pouring troubled water on oil

Regular readers of my pieces on energy issues would have noticed the key role India’s oil minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, was playing in pushing cooperation between India and China, Iran … Continue reading

January 30, 2006 · 4 Comments

After Iran gas, U.S. tells India to back off Syrian oil

It’s not just Iran the Bush administration wants India to keep away from when it comes to energy matters. Syria has also joined the list of countries Washington says India … Continue reading

January 28, 2006 · 3 Comments

India casting a wide net in its hunt for energy

But tactic calls for political dexterity. [A story I wrote on the request of the International Herald Tribune about the emerging tension between India’s quest for nuclear energy cooperation from … Continue reading

January 25, 2006 · Leave a comment

Energy the key in the new Asian architecture

Pipelines bring mutual dependencies and hasten regional integration. India must not let the strings attached to the U.S. offer of nuclear cooperation — or its usual insecurities — choke off … Continue reading

January 25, 2006 · Leave a comment

The Asian axis of oil

The new Sino-Indian partnership in oil and gas could serve as the foundation for an Asian Energy Union and much more. 24 January 2006The Hindu India, China and the Asian … Continue reading

January 24, 2006 · 5 Comments

Dateline Beijing: Despite U.S. pressure, India still committed to Iran pipeline

The American embassy in Delhi issued a demarche before the last round of talks between India, Pakistan and Iran expressing its displeasure at the proposed pipeline project. And Condoleezza Rice … Continue reading

January 14, 2006 · 3 Comments

Dateline Beijing: India and China have taken a major step forward on the energy front

If implemented, the agreement on joint bidding for energy assets in third countries will further reduce the dominance of the United States and Western majors in the oil and gas … Continue reading

January 13, 2006 · Leave a comment

Asian interests and the myth of ‘balance’

The East Asian Summit process, the proposed Asian energy grid, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation are three pillars of the emerging strategic architecture in Asia. There is no need for … Continue reading

December 13, 2005 · 10 Comments

Russia sees India as long-term partner in energy sector

7 December 2005The Hindu Russia sees India as long-term partner in energy sector Siddharth Varadarajan Iran pipeline vital for energy security, regional cooperation: Manmohan Sakhalin-I project clear indication of a … Continue reading

December 7, 2005 · Leave a comment

India, Afghanistan moot gas pipeline project

Kabul: India and Afghanistan have, for the first time ever, formally agreed to look at the proposal to run a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Asked … Continue reading

August 29, 2005 · Leave a comment

Farewell to the gas pipeline?

22 July 2005The Hindu A farewell to the gas pipeline? Siddharth Varadarajan India needs Iranian gas till well into the 21st century. It would be folly to give up the … Continue reading

July 22, 2005 · 4 Comments

Oil, power and the new Silk Road in Asia

11 July 2005The Hindu Pipelines, power grids and the new Silk Road in Asia Siddharth Varadarajan India and Pakistan hold the key to unlocking multiple routes of cooperation. WHEN INDIA’s … Continue reading

July 11, 2005 · 3 Comments

Despite U.S. pressure, India and Pakistan to go ahead with Iran pipeline

6 July 2005The Hindu India, Pakistan to go ahead with pipeline Natwar Singh, Shaukat Aziz stress cooperation in energy, economic, water and trade issues “The Iran gas pipeline project is … Continue reading

July 6, 2005 · Leave a comment