Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

The danger in India’s Nepal policy

New Delhi might have been a reluctant midwife these past few years but it always managed to come out on the right side of the changes Nepal was undergoing. Not … Continue reading

August 16, 2010 · 1 Comment

Shyam Saran being sent as special envoy to Nepal

As Nepal’s Constituent Assembly remains deadlocked, an Indian envoy will try his hand at consensus building… 4 August 2010The Hindu Shyam Saran being sent as special envoy to Nepal Siddharth … Continue reading

August 4, 2010 · 1 Comment

Indian signals on Nepal peace process are mixed

Prevarication on integration of Maoist combatants into Nepal Army should end … 19 August 2009The Hindu NEWS ANALYSISIndian signals on Nepal peace process are mixed Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: As … Continue reading

August 19, 2009 · Leave a comment

Madhav Kumar Nepal: ‘Let the Maoists sit in opposition’

“Integration of combatants will be based on letter and spirit of past agreements” … In an exclusive interview to The Hindu on the eve of his first official visit to … Continue reading

August 18, 2009 · Leave a comment

The Prachanda Interview Pt. II: ‘The perception that Nepal is tilting to China is exaggerated’

The Maoists want an integrated Nepal army to be loyal to the state, not their own party, insists Prime Minister Prachanda in the second and final part of his interview … Continue reading

May 12, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Prachanda Interview Pt. I: ‘India should have defended civilian supremacy in Nepal’

Allowing the military chief to prevail today will condemn the country to a fate similar to Pakistan, says Nepal’s Prime Minister, Prachanda… 11 May 2009The Hindu ‘India should have defended … Continue reading

May 11, 2009 · 2 Comments

Delhi missed chance to resolve Nepal crisis

Maoists will not block new government, says Prachanda in an interview to The Hindu… 11 May 2009The Hindu Delhi missed chance to resolve Nepal crisis Siddharth Varadarajan Kathmandu: As the … Continue reading

May 11, 2009 · Leave a comment

India’s Nepal policy in disarray

By going along with the undemocratic machinations of the Nepal army brass, New Delhi is undermining the peace and stability it helped to bring about in South Asia’s newest republic… … Continue reading

May 7, 2009 · 5 Comments

The king is gone, long live the kingdom’s old ways

By abandoning the principle of consensus in favour of arithmetical machinations, Nepal’s discredited establishment is betraying the aspirations of the young republic. 29 July 2008The Hindu The king is gone, … Continue reading

July 29, 2008 · 2 Comments

The king gone, Nepal must confront a new danger

Unless the deadlock over government formation is broken soon, the constitution writing process will be compromised. 3 June 2008The Hindu The king gone, Nepal must confront a new danger Siddharth … Continue reading

June 3, 2008 · Leave a comment

Prachanda: “The people’s mandate is for all parties to work together”

If the Nepali Congress and the UML run away from the task of building the new Nepal, the people will never forgive them, says Maoist leader Prachanda in the second … Continue reading

April 29, 2008 · Leave a comment

Prachanda: ‘We want new unity on a new basis with India’

Without taking cooperation with India forward, we cannot do anything for Nepal, says Prachanda in an interview to The Hindu. 28 April 2008The Hindu‘We want new unity on a new … Continue reading

April 28, 2008 · Leave a comment

U.S. subverting Nepal poll mandate

The U.S. ambassador in Kathmandu, Nancy Powell, is actively pushing for Girija Prasad Koirala to remain Prime Minister despite the Maoist victory in the elections. 26 April 2008The Hindu U.S. … Continue reading

April 26, 2008 · Leave a comment

A lesson in statecraft, from Nepal to India

While Nepal’s erstwhile ruling parties are building peace with their Maoists, India is stuck with the disastrous Salwa Judum. If the Indian Maoists have something to learn from their Nepali … Continue reading

April 25, 2008 · 1 Comment