Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

A typical Chhattisgarh story

I just received this open letter by email. it is written by Alban Toppo, a young lawyer working in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, a no-rights zone in the world’s largest democracy … Continue reading

December 19, 2009 · 7 Comments

Centre for new war on Maoists

According to a top government official, the Home Ministry’s proposal for use of special forces against the Naxalite movement is being considered… 24 September 2009The Hindu Centre for new war … Continue reading

September 24, 2009 · Leave a comment

Ishrat is why encounters need judicial probing

It’s time we stopped rotten elements in the police and security forces from literally getting away with murder… 10 September 2009The Hindu Ishrat is why encounters need judicial probingSiddharth Varadarajan … Continue reading

September 10, 2009 · Leave a comment

Set Binayak Sen free now

Alongside the arming of private militias, the jailing of a human rights defender for two years on trumped up charges is proof that there is no rule of law in … Continue reading

April 27, 2009 · 4 Comments

Dateline Orissa: In Kalahandi, battle for livelihood trumps war for votes

An open challenge to those who speak of development as an inclusive process… 13 April 2009The Hindu ELECTIONS 2009In Kalahandi, battle for livelihood trumps war for votes Siddharth Varadarajan Of … Continue reading

April 13, 2009 · 3 Comments

Sahitya Akademi award for Iftikhar Gilani

When the Indian intelligence agencies tried to frame Iftikhar Gilani on a bogus charge of violating the Official Secrets Act six years ago, they never reckoned on the brave Kashmiri … Continue reading

February 18, 2009 · 7 Comments

Debating India’s anti-terror law

I spoke over the weekend at a roundtable organised by the Public Interest Legal Support and Research Centre (PILSARC) in Delhi on anti-terrorism legislation in India. The panel was pretty … Continue reading

January 20, 2009 · 12 Comments

Le réacteur nucléaire? Oui. Le turban? Non!

The big story out of Paris today is the signing of the nuclear cooperation agreement between India and France, the first by India with any nuclear supplier since the Koodankulam … Continue reading

October 1, 2008 · 5 Comments

Ajay TG is finally out…

The Committee for the Release of Ajay TG just sent out this press release announcing the release on bail of the Raipur-based film maker who has spent the last three … Continue reading

August 7, 2008 · Leave a comment

Chhattisgarh has lost the plot

One year after jailing the eminent doctor, Binayak Sen, State authorities have arrested another leading civil liberties activist, the journalist and filmmaker, Ajay T.G. 13 May 2008The Hindu Chhattisgarh has … Continue reading

May 13, 2008 · Leave a comment

A lesson in statecraft, from Nepal to India

While Nepal’s erstwhile ruling parties are building peace with their Maoists, India is stuck with the disastrous Salwa Judum. If the Indian Maoists have something to learn from their Nepali … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · 1 Comment

Salwa Judum & international humanitarian law

India may not be a party to the Geneva Convention Additional Protocols but it has a legal obligation to protect civilians caught in the cross-fire between the Maoists and state-sponsored … Continue reading

September 8, 2007 · Leave a comment

Four weeks for a SIM card Vs. 5 years for a million dollar note a.k.a. And what about India’s Haneefs?

Ever since the Haneef arrest and New Delhi’s welcome intervention in the case, I had been meaning to write something about India’s pathetic record as far as the domestic treatment … Continue reading

August 2, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Haneef transcript in full

The Australian, which leaked the transcript of Dr. Mohammed Haneef’s July 3 police interrogration, has now scrubbed the link from its website. But The Hindu downloaded it before it was … Continue reading

July 19, 2007 · Leave a comment

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