Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Interview: ‘Financial crisis has highlighted the importance of state, social protection’

The failure of the Washington Consensus is leading countries in Latin America to look for more progressive leaders, says Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet… 19 March 2009The Hindu ‘The financial crisis … Continue reading

March 19, 2009 · 11 Comments

IBSA united front at the NSG

The Delhi Declaration of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) forum summit has this interesting line in its paragraph on the peaceful use of nuclear energy: [The leaders] also reiterated the importance … Continue reading

October 15, 2008 · 1 Comment

Interlude: Fidel and Gabo

Even as his body recuperates from surgery brought on by acute intestinal crisis and bleeding, Fidel Castro’s mind is as energetic and active as ever. Roughly once a week, sometimes … Continue reading

July 18, 2008 · Leave a comment

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

Forget the G8, it’s time for a Brics summit

Dateline Brasilia: Instead of waiting like supplicants outside the portals of the G8, Brazil, India, China, and South Africa should realise a summit of their own would transform the world … Continue reading

June 4, 2007 · 3 Comments

Myth and reality of ethanol and biofuels

Dateline Sao Paulo: Biofuel from sugarcane may have worked well for Brazil so far but the attempt to expand or replicate the model, especially using corn and other grains, will … Continue reading

June 2, 2007 · 3 Comments

Putting people’s health before drug company profits

Dateline Rio: Brazil is being pilloried for joining the ‘Axis of IP Evil’ but by breaking Merck’s patent on Efavirenz, its AIDS control programme will save $30 million every year. … Continue reading

June 1, 2007 · Leave a comment

Fidel is recuperating well!

The Juventud Rebelde website has the first photographs of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, recuperating after surgery.

August 13, 2006 · Leave a comment

Orden de Bernardo O’Higgins

On March 30, the Ambassador of Chile in India, Jorge Heine, conferred the Orden de Bernardo O’Higgins — one of Chile’s highest civilian honours for a foreign citizen — on … Continue reading

March 31, 2006 · 3 Comments