Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Refugee, ‘infiltrator’ talk part of Modi’s dog-whistle politics

The easy, communal equation Modi draws between the observance of Hindu religious practices and Indian identity is a reminder of how central the idea of a ‘Hindu rashtra’ is to his own belief system and to the politics of the BJP.

May 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Odyssey Dawn, a Homeric tragedy

Two games of domino are under way in West Asia and North Africa, one of mass struggle against U.S.-backed regimes, the other of military intervention aimed at co-opting or defeating … Continue reading

March 24, 2011 · 3 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

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

This war can’t be won by mines and bullets

It is not litigants who’ve gone to court seeking the rehabilitation of civilians or ‘civil society activists’ but the Maoists and the State who must answer for the deaths of … Continue reading

May 19, 2010 · 6 Comments

The buck must stop at the very top

The SIT’s decision to question Narendra Modi for the Gujarat riots underlines the reason why the new Communal Violence Bill must embrace the doctrine of command responsibility … 20 March … Continue reading

March 21, 2010 · 17 Comments

The ICC should prosecute Israeli leaders for Gaza

With Palestine accepting the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction, Israel should realise there is a price to pay for committing war crimes… 9 February 2009The Hindu ICC should prosecute Israeli leaders … Continue reading

February 9, 2009 · 8 Comments

Diplomatic Notebook: India, the NSG and cluster bombs

The U.S. probably has a pretty good idea of what India and the IAEA secretariat have negotiated. But India is still in the dark about what Washington plans to do … Continue reading

May 22, 2008 · 6 Comments

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

Transitional justice in Southasia @ Kathmandu

The concept of transitional justice is familiar to people in South Africa, Chile and other countries but how relevant and useful is it for South Asia? This is a question … Continue reading

March 7, 2007 · Leave a comment

Bringing to book the guilty men of Baghdad

The legal arguments used by the U.S.-sponsored Iraqi court to convict Saddam Hussein of crimes against humanity apply even more forcefully to those American leaders who ordered the illegal invasion … Continue reading

January 10, 2007 · 5 Comments

To the victor belongs the judge’s gavel

The show trial of Saddam Hussein was not just a violation of international legal norms by a court operating under the reality of foreign occupation but also an insult to … Continue reading

November 7, 2006 · 3 Comments

When power subverts the law

Two seminal books question the possibility of international criminal justice in a unipolar world 10 January 2006The Hindu When power subverts the law Siddharth Varadarajan HOW AMERICA GETS AWAY WITH … Continue reading

January 10, 2006 · Leave a comment