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

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January 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fall of a Strongman

TIMES OF INDIA | Lessons from Sri Lanka on the limits of centralised power

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Closed encounters of the ominous kind

TIMES OF INDIA | The future of the rule of law, and indeed of democracy in India, will rest on the ability of the courts to do justice in the Sohrabuddin, Kauserbi and Prajapati cases

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

When a Big Tree Fell

TIMES OF INDIA | Thirty years since THE 1984 anti-Sikh riots, we still need to learn lessons on political accountability

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Of Hindus and Indians: Modi’s refugee stumble on Times Now

Ever since February, when Modi said “harassed” Hindus from Bangladesh and the rest of the world had the right to come back to India, the BJP has been tying itself in knots over the issue.

May 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

Ilina Sen wrongly booked under Foreigners Act

The FIR filed by the Maharashtra Police against Professor Ilina Sen tells us a lot about the official attitude of the Indian establishment towards dissent, knowledge and intellectual freedom … … Continue reading

January 26, 2011 · 1 Comment

Such journalists should be exposed, not honoured

I have written to the jury which gave the Indian News Broadcasting Award for News Reporter of the Year 2010, Hindi, to Neeta Sharma of NDTV India, protesting their choice. … Continue reading

September 6, 2010 · 25 Comments

A modest proposal on AFSPA

Change the blanket ban on trials without official sanction to one where the government has the power to bar prosecution in individual cases provided it satisfies the courts that its … Continue reading

September 6, 2010 · 2 Comments

Last chance to fix flawed torture Bill

The draft law excludes many scenarios and forms of torture rampant in India. The Rajya Sabha must insist on amendments… 27 August 2010The Hindu Last chance to fix flawed torture … Continue reading

August 27, 2010 · 3 Comments

This is not zero tolerance, Mr. Prime Minister

The Central government’s professed commitment to human rights is worth nothing so long as it won’t allow the soldiers indicted for murdering innocent civilians in Kashmir to be prosecuted for … Continue reading

June 4, 2010 · 6 Comments

Ottawa, you have a problem

If Canada denies a visa to individuals accused of specific human rights violations, no one would have a problem. But to treat the Indian armed forces as some sort of … Continue reading

May 28, 2010 · 2 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

Conduct worthy of a police state

The peremptory deportation of a Nepali student from India and the unlawful detention of a tribal woman shot by the police in Chhattisgarh raise troubling questions about the power of … Continue reading

January 9, 2010 · 2 Comments

Ten reasons why criminals in khaki get away

Behind every man like S.P.S. Rathore who abuses his authority stand the generals and footsoldiers who help and support him. We need to take them all down… 26 December 2009The … Continue reading

December 26, 2009 · 7 Comments
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