Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

DIPLOMATIC NOTEBOOK: Facing up to the Myanmar challenge

India’s heart may be with Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for democracy but its head knows there’s no alternative to dealing with the military. Is there a middle … Continue reading

July 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

Dictatorship by cartography, geometry

Vast and empty, Burma’s new capital will not fall to an urban upheaval easily… A photofeature in Himal magazine February 2007Himal Southasian Dictatorship by cartographySiddharth Varadarajan Vast and empty, Burma’s … Continue reading

February 1, 2007 · 3 Comments

India struggles to steer its own course on foreign policy

India and U.S. are ‘partners’ whose interests often diverge 26 January 2007International Herald Tribune News Analysis: India struggles to steer its own course on foreign policyIndia and U.S. are ‘partners’ … Continue reading

January 26, 2007 · 1 Comment

Nay Pyi Taw – A photo album

These are, I believe, the first photographs of Myanmar’s new capital, Nay Pyi Taw (also spelt as Naypyi taw or Naypyidaw) to be published anywhere on the web. Most of … Continue reading

January 25, 2007 · 44 Comments

India to supply military equipment to Myanmar

We are willing to expand ambit of military cooperation between two countries, says Pranab Mukherjee in a major Indian policy shift. 22 January 2007The Hindu India to supply military equipment … Continue reading

January 22, 2007 · 1 Comment

Myanmar will sell India gas "only if reserves permit"

India has agreed to sell weapons to Myanmar’s military rulers. But it is still not clear whether it will get gas in return. 22 January 2007The Hindu “Gas for India … Continue reading

January 22, 2007 · Leave a comment

In Myanmar’s phantom capital, a city slowly takes shape

But Naypyitaw is a city with a difference, its geometry so incredibly vast that even a crowd of half a million is unlikely to pose a political threat. In Myanmar’s … Continue reading

January 21, 2007 · Leave a comment

India not interested in exporting ideology: Pranab

Democracy, human rights are Myanmar’s internal affair, says the External Affairs minister. 20 January 2007The Hindu India not interested in exporting ideology: Pranab Siddharth Varadarajan Yangon: Barely days after an … Continue reading

January 20, 2007 · Leave a comment

Inside Myanmar IV: Remembrance of things past

21 January 2005The Hindu> Inside Myanmar – IV Relics of the past abound here By Siddharth Varadarajan YANGON, JAN. 20. The Burmese capital is where Bahadur Shah Zafar — the … Continue reading

January 21, 2005 · Leave a comment

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

Inside Myanmar II: Distant neighbours warm to each other, but slowly

19 January 2005The Hindu Inside Myanmar – II Distant neighbours warm up to each other, but slowly By Siddharth Varadarajan Yangon: When the Government of India took a major policy … Continue reading

January 19, 2005 · Leave a comment

Inside Myanmar I: India, China vie for energy, influence

January 17, 2001The Hindu Inside Myanmar- I India, China vie for energy, influence By Siddharth Varadarajan Sittwe: Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with calf-length boots and the salt-and-pepper mane of … Continue reading

January 17, 2005 · Leave a comment
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