Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

What These Results Mean for Modi and BJP

NDTV | In both Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, the BJP will need allies to come to power

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

The futility of not talking to Pakistan

MINT | Just how misplaced this strategy is can be seen from the number of times India resolved not to talk to Pakistan because it was unhappy with Islamabad, only to back off with its primary goals unmet.

August 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

PM Modi’s Pakistan Outreach Ends in Predictable Whimper

NDTV | The Modi government has strengthened the hands of Pakistan’s military and the political ecosystem it supports, and also set a bar for future dialogue that is too high

August 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

The fabric of belonging

Had the national flag which the BJP wants to unfurl in Srinagar also been dipped by them to honour the memory of the hundred young Indians who were shot dead … Continue reading

January 24, 2011 · 6 Comments

Such journalists should be exposed, not honoured

I have written to the jury which gave the Indian News Broadcasting Award for News Reporter of the Year 2010, Hindi, to Neeta Sharma of NDTV India, protesting their choice. … Continue reading

September 6, 2010 · 25 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

The only package Kashmir needs is justice

If the Prime Minister does not take bold steps to address the grievances of the Kashmiris, there’s no telling where the next eruption will take us… 5 August 2010The Hindu … Continue reading

August 5, 2010 · 4 Comments

This is not zero tolerance, Mr. Prime Minister

The Central government’s professed commitment to human rights is worth nothing so long as it won’t allow the soldiers indicted for murdering innocent civilians in Kashmir to be prosecuted for … Continue reading

June 4, 2010 · 6 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

Who fired on Qureshi, Hurriyat asked Pak Foreign Secretary

The meeting in Delhi between Hurriyat leaders and Pakistan’s foreign secretary, Salman Bashir, was acrimonious … 1 March 2010The Hindu Who fired on Qureshi, Hurriyat asked Pak Foreign Secretary Siddharth … Continue reading

March 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

Manmohan ready to move on ‘humanitarian’ talks agenda

At Anantnag, Prime Minister makes fresh peace with pitch for Pakistan… 29 October 2009The Hindu Manmohan ready to move on ‘humanitarian’ talks agenda Siddharth Varadarajan In signalling his government’s readiness … Continue reading

October 28, 2009 · Leave a comment

Delhi upset over separate Chinese visas for Kashmiris

The message as seen by the Indian side: China does not believe Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and is, in a sense, reiterating its intent to … Continue reading

October 1, 2009 · 6 Comments

Visa standoff leaves Kashmiri students in limbo

India will not accept China travel document that is not stamped in passport … 30 September 2009The Hindu Visa standoff leaves Kashmiri students in limbo Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: Chinese … Continue reading

October 1, 2009 · 2 Comments

Dateline Srinagar: Pakistan conundrum hangs over Kashmir poll success

Why did the authors of Mumbai not try to disrupt the voting?… 30 December 2008The HinduPakistan conundrum hangs over Kashmir poll successWhy did the authors of Mumbai not try to … Continue reading

December 29, 2008 · 5 Comments