Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Make No Mistake. This Is Modi’s Defeat

NDTV | As we look beyond Delhi for the national implications of the BJP’s spectacular defeat, two questions loom large: one for the BJP, the other for the opposition

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February 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Year Of Living Aspirationally

OUTLOOK | Despite the upbeat feeling, things are seeming to stall. Modi’s one-man show and the mischief of saffron outfits are his biggest weakness.

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Modi’s Lakshman Rekha Warning Grossly Inadequate

NDTV |Narendra Modi’s silence in the face of the communal statements his party colleagues have been making recently is something of a mystery

December 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Welcome U-Turn by Modi on Bangladesh

NDTV | While in opposition, the BJP has attacked Manmohan Singh for agreeing to land swaps with Bangladesh. But as PM, Modi has recognised the deal is a win-win

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

What His Cabinet Expansion Says About the PM

NDTV | You can tell the barrel of talent within the BJP is being scraped pretty thin when Modi has had to make ministers out of a sitting Chief Minister, leaders poached from other parties, and a back-room player from the RSS

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

For Obama Meeting, Where’s Modi’s Strategic Agenda?

NDTV | Nowhere has the PM spelled out a vision for where India would like to move its relationship with the United States over the next five years.

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Modi, Gita and the Dharma of a Prime Minister

NDTV | He should worry about the activities of his communal friends, not the imagined sins of ‘secular’ foes

September 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Debate: ‘Brand Modi and his message’

NDTV | I questioned the PM’s silence on the BJP’s communal propaganda in UP. His supporters on the show defended that propaganda. With spokesmen and friends like these, Modi doesn’t need enemies.

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Modi’s 100 days: Biding his time, circling the wagons

AL JAZEERA | Taken together, the Indian prime minister’s first 100 days in office have seen both fair portents and dark omens.

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate: Why force schools to show Modi’s speech live?

NDTV HINDI | The question that interests me most is the mindset behind this decision

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Calibrating India’s terms for engagement with Japan

BUSINESS STANDARD | Sticking points in the India-Japan nuclear deal and how Tokyo can fix them

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Indo-Pak talks mystery, and a possible happy ending

THE TIMES OF INDIA | For years, Pakistan opposed moving ahead on other issues citing the Kashmir dispute. Is India now doing the same?

August 24, 2014 · 1 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
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