Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

My two cents on media and jingoism on CNN-IBN

I was on CNN-IBN’s Face the Nation show last night with Sagarika Ghose for a discussion on the role of the Indian and Pakistani media in fanning jingoism between the … Continue reading

December 24, 2008 · 16 Comments

The Nazi war criminal hoax – An update

Via Jonathan Allen of Reuters we learn that none of the newspapers guilty of falling for the penpricks hoax — with the exception of O Heraldo — has owned up … Continue reading

July 3, 2008 · 1 Comment

A story too good to check

Several Indian newspapers fell victim to a hoax about the arrest near Goa of a supposed Nazi war criminal named ‘Johann Bach’. Apart from the media’s alarming ignorance, the episode … Continue reading

June 30, 2008 · 3 Comments

‘The protest of poor marginalised people is not considered news’

In the latest issue of Communalism Combat, Teesta Setalvad spoke to me about the attitude of the Indian media to issues of mass mobilisation and caste in the context of … Continue reading

November 23, 2006 · Leave a comment

In deposing live on TV, a new trend emerges

Fugitives seek to tell their side of the story on television before police lay their hands on them. 4 June 2006The Hindu In deposing live on TV, a new trend … Continue reading

June 4, 2006 · Leave a comment

Caste matters in the Indian media

If television and newspaper coverage of the anti-reservation agitation was indulgent and one-sided, the lack of diversity in the newsroom is surely a major culprit. 3 June 2006The Hindu Caste … Continue reading

June 3, 2006 · 27 Comments

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

Media inquiries

If you are a print or web-based news organisation looking for a quote on any of the subjects I cover, please drop me an email at sv1965[at] Many of my … Continue reading

March 15, 2006 · Leave a comment

If you can’t shoot the messenger, lock him up

President Bush’s alleged threat to bomb Al Jazeera shouldn’t surprise us. Ever since the NATO attack on Yugoslavia, the U.S. has looked at the media it can’t control as the … Continue reading

December 1, 2005 · 4 Comments

Inside Myanmar III: Censor’s pen makes it difficult to read between the lines

20 January 2005The Hindu Inside Myanmar – III Censor’s pen makes it difficult to read between the linesYangon: In the 1949 film, Patanga, Shamshad Begun sang wistfully about waiting for … Continue reading

January 20, 2005 · Leave a comment

War and the dharma of a journalist

7 August 1999The Times of India War and the Dharma of a Journalist By Siddharth Varadarajan What does a journalist do when his dharma as a journalist comes into conflict … Continue reading

August 7, 1999 · Leave a comment