Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

DIPLOMATIC NOTEBOOK: Facing up to the Myanmar challenge

India’s heart may be with Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for democracy but its head knows there’s no alternative to dealing with the military. Is there a middle … Continue reading

July 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

DIPLOMATIC NOTEBOOK: For Krishna, a year of hectic travel

The External Affairs Minister has visited 27 countries in 12 months. With his frequent flyer miles has come greater confidence but Indian diplomacy is still plagued by mixed messages… 20 … Continue reading

July 21, 2010 · 1 Comment

Timeline on Siachen, Kashmir talks was the deal-breaker at Islamabad

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi overruled his officials over draft of common talking points … 18 July 2010The Hindu Timeline on Siachen, Kashmir talks was the deal-breaker at IslamabadSiddharth Varadarajan India … Continue reading

July 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

The perils of ‘half-way house’ diplomacy

Having decided to engage Pakistan on issues beyond terror, it is counterproductive for India to artificially limit the subjects it is willing to discuss. 17 July 2010The Hindu The perils … Continue reading

July 17, 2010 · 5 Comments

Substantive dialogue is still some distance away

Instability on the AfPak front — and not the lack of trust — has emerged as the binding constraint on India’s ability to move bilateral talks on Kashmir forward… 14 … Continue reading

July 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

China, Pakistan and the NSG

Rather than objecting to what it can’t prevent, India should back a nuclear deal for Pakistan structured around a package of non-proliferation commitments… 24 June 2010The Hindu China, Pakistan and … Continue reading

June 24, 2010 · 2 Comments

Building trust, one step at a time

India should strive for functional cooperation with Pakistan on the Mumbai terror trial. As the ‘front channel’ picks up speed, so will the ‘back channel’… 23 June 2010The Hindu Building … Continue reading

June 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

India shifts from ‘accusatory’ to ‘exploratory’ mode

Acknowledging the progress made on the back-channel would be major trust building step … 21 June 2010The Hindu India shifts from ‘accusatory’ to ‘exploratory’ mode Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: In … Continue reading

June 21, 2010 · Leave a comment

Chidambaram to brief Pakistan about Headley disclosures

Mandate to assess Pakistan’s pledge to stop terrorists using its soil against India … 21 June 2010The Hindu Chidambaram to brief Pakistan about Headley disclosures Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: Union … Continue reading

June 21, 2010 · Leave a comment

India keen to engage ‘empowered’ Gilani

After Thimphu, trust building key to emerging dialogue template with Pakistan …2 May 2010The Hindu India keen to engage ‘empowered’ Gilani Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: The recent empowerment of Pakistani … Continue reading

May 2, 2010 · 6 Comments

At long last, a firm step forward

The meeting in Bhutan between the two Prime Ministers has opened a path, but India and Pakistan are not out of the woods yet… 30 April 2010The Hindu At long … Continue reading

April 30, 2010 · 2 Comments

Time to end the impasse with Pakistan

If India really believes dialogue is the way forward, it should not allow a disagreement over form or nomenclature to come in the way. 26 April 2010The Hindu Time to … Continue reading

April 26, 2010 · 5 Comments

India resigned to ‘holding pattern’ with Pakistan

On the even of the Saarc summit in Bhutan, India and Pakistan are, as Dr. Seuss, would put it, still in The Waiting Place … You will come to a … Continue reading

April 22, 2010 · 3 Comments

India wants ‘zero tolerance’ for nuclear traffickers

India and Pakistan take potshots at each other at the Nuclear Security Summit… 14 April 2010The Hindu India wants ‘zero tolerance’ for nuclear traffickers Siddharth Varadarajan Washington: With the spectre … Continue reading

April 14, 2010 · Leave a comment