Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Results Show Strength – and Limits – of the Modi Wave

NDTV | The elections in Maharashtra and Haryana have given the BJP cause to celebrate but the process of alliance-building with the Shiv Sena may not be smooth

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Upward mob-ility: As India prospers, it is getting more racist

TIMES OF INDIA | The mob violence against three African students in the national capital must serve as India’s ‘Nirbhaya moment’ on the issue of racism

October 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’ll Take More Than Politicians With Brooms

NDTV | A laudable initiative but the idea that the cosmetic wielding of brooms by leaders and volunteers will provide cleaner and healthier living conditions is a cruel joke on India’s poor

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

What Jayalalithaa’s Sentence Means for Tamil Nadu

NDTV | Of course, the role of ‘Amma’ as leader and political totem for the AIADMK and its government will not diminish.

September 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Why the BJP won’t go easy on its communal plank despite this week’s drubbing

QUARTZ | The BJP’s appetite for communal politics may actually be increased by the setbacks it has suffered

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

By-election Results Strengthen Modi, Weaken BJP

NDTV | Another way of looking at the results is that the “normal” pattern of party politics appears to be asserting itself.

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Modi, Gita and the Dharma of a Prime Minister

NDTV | He should worry about the activities of his communal friends, not the imagined sins of ‘secular’ foes

September 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Debate: ‘Brand Modi and his message’

NDTV | I questioned the PM’s silence on the BJP’s communal propaganda in UP. His supporters on the show defended that propaganda. With spokesmen and friends like these, Modi doesn’t need enemies.

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Modi’s 100 days: Biding his time, circling the wagons

AL JAZEERA | Taken together, the Indian prime minister’s first 100 days in office have seen both fair portents and dark omens.

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate: Should there be a code of conduct for retired judges?

RAJYA SABHA TV | It is wrong for the Modi government to appoint Justice Sathasivam as Governor and wrong for the former Chief Justice to accept this unusual offer.

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate: Why force schools to show Modi’s speech live?

NDTV HINDI | The question that interests me most is the mindset behind this decision

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate: Is the humiliation of Opposition leaders a BJP conspiracy?

HEADLINES TODAY | Parties have won and lost power at the Centre in the past but never before have we seen supporters of the winner behaving in this manner

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is the Modi power vertical the dominant force in government?

FORBES | The Modi power vertical has quickly asserted itself as the dominant force in the Indian system, serving notice to all pillars of the state that it will not be restrained or intimidated by their influence or oversight.

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Don’t Mistake Rahul Gandhi’s Outburst as a Turning Point

NDTV | Rumours of Rahul Gandhi’s resurrection are greatly exaggerated.

August 6, 2014 · 1 Comment