Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Prachanda: “The people’s mandate is for all parties to work together”

If the Nepali Congress and the UML run away from the task of building the new Nepal, the people will never forgive them, says Maoist leader Prachanda in the second … Continue reading

April 29, 2008 · Leave a comment

Prachanda: ‘We want new unity on a new basis with India’

Without taking cooperation with India forward, we cannot do anything for Nepal, says Prachanda in an interview to The Hindu. 28 April 2008The Hindu‘We want new unity on a new … Continue reading

April 28, 2008 · Leave a comment

A recent interview on Indo-U.S. relations

I should have posted this earlier but never got around to doing so. Karthik Ramanathan, a U.S.-based freelance journalist, interviewed me in Delhi in July about United States policies towards … Continue reading

October 9, 2007 · 2 Comments

Interview: “For nuclear renaissance, the world needs India”

As Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, R. Chidambaram has played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in the formulation of India’s approach to the question of civil nuclear cooperation … Continue reading

August 10, 2007 · 4 Comments

NSA: “I don’t think the country is yet willing to recognise the U.S. is a benign power”

In the second part of his exclusive interview to The Hindu, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan discusses the link between the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal and the wider strategic relationship between … Continue reading

July 30, 2007 · Leave a comment

NSA interview: ‘This is as good a text as one can possibly get’

In his first on-the-record comments about the last week’s nuclear negotiations with the United States, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan told The Hindu how some very difficult circles were squared … Continue reading

July 28, 2007 · 2 Comments

The Amorim interview: ‘We are changing the world’s geography’

On the eve of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Foreign Ministers meeting in New Delhi, Brazil’s Foreign Minister Celso Amorim spoke to The Hindu about the future and significance of the … Continue reading

July 17, 2007 · Leave a comment

Brazil for IBSA link to Mercosur, SACU

Celso Amorim is the intellectual founder of the IBSA concept. Now he wants the three countries to create a “large economic space” linking Mercosur and Sacu as well. 17 July … Continue reading

July 17, 2007 · Leave a comment

More on Rademaker, India and Iran

Abbas Edalat of the Campaign against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran interviewed me last week on my story about a former senior Bush administration offcial’s admission that India’s anti-Iran … Continue reading

March 13, 2007 · 4 Comments

It’s time for Asia to look beyond the dollar: An interview with Joseph Stiglitz

Winner of the 2001 Nobel prize for economics,Joseph Stiglitz is a trenchant critic of the “market fundamentalism” of the International Monetary Fund. I caught up with him last week in … Continue reading

December 28, 2006 · 2 Comments

"The answer to the Iran nuclear issue is more democracy"

Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003,Shirin Ebadi is a prominent lawyer and human rights activist within her country, Iran, as well as an advocate for human rights around … Continue reading

November 28, 2006 · 1 Comment

Down but not out, leading Iranian reformist looks ahead

A former Speaker of the Majlis, Mehdi Karroubi was the leading reformist contender in Iran’s presidential election of 2005 but lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad under circumstances he considers improper. In … Continue reading

August 24, 2006 · Leave a comment

"We are still interested in dialogue based on justness and fairness"

Those who think only about bombs, war, and attacking others are the root cause of everything that is wrong in the world, Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells The Hindu in … Continue reading

August 10, 2006 · 3 Comments

"For the U.S., the nuclear issue of Iran is just an excuse"

As Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Larijani is Iran’s top nuclear negotiator. In an interview with The Hindu in Tehran on Saturday, he discussed Iran’s nuclear programme, … Continue reading

August 7, 2006 · 2 Comments