Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Triumph of the new mainstream in Nepal

By voting in the Maoists, the Nepali people have chosen the party most likely to push for an egalitarian society and inclusive republican system in the Constituent Assembly. India must … Continue reading

April 16, 2008 · 1 Comment

The rumblings in Nepal’s Tarai

Unless the situation is handled with sensitivity and care, Madhesism, not Maoism, will be Kathmandu’s — and New Delhi’s — next big problem. 9 April 2008The Hindu The rumblings in … Continue reading

April 9, 2008 · 3 Comments

INSIDE NEPAL: The past is over, only the future counts

For king and commoner, revolutionary and reformist, the tide of change in Nepal is irreversible. But if the Maoists know there’s no going back to the gun, the erstwhile establishment … Continue reading

April 2, 2008 · Leave a comment

INSIDE NEPAL: A vote for change, a vote for peace

Even if the Maoists do not emerge victorious, the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections will cement their role as both a key driver and a stakeholder of a new Nepal. 31 … Continue reading

March 31, 2008 · 6 Comments

"We will put Nepal’s relations with India on a new and equal footing"

Senior Nepali Maoist leader C.P. Gajurel on the future of Nepal-India relations and on the bizarre set of coincidences which led to his arrest in Chennai in 2003 for attempting … Continue reading

January 30, 2007 · 3 Comments

In Nepal, time to check the dangerous drift

The road map for the formation of an interim government with Maoist participation is more or less in place. But powerful forces are intervening to derail the process. 20 September … Continue reading

September 20, 2006 · 3 Comments

Indian Maoists criticise Prachanda

Say multiparty democracy, U.N. supervision a “dangerous” mistake. 24 July 2006The Hindu Indian Maoists criticise Prachanda Siddharth Varadarajan BELYING SPECULATION of a unified red corridor from “Pashupati to Tirupati,” the … Continue reading

July 24, 2006 · Leave a comment

Towards the endgame in Nepal

The sooner a U.N. mission is in place to monitor the arms of the Nepal Army and Maoist PLA, the smoother will be the transition towards an interim government and … Continue reading

June 29, 2006 · 2 Comments

Baburam Bhattarai: The King is down but not out

In an interview conducted over the telephone, Baburam Bhattarai, senior member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), says implementation of the peace … Continue reading

May 12, 2006 · 1 Comment

The making of a democracy

A road map exists, and the people of Nepal are anxious to get moving. But there are also seven roadblocks to be overcome. May 6-19 2006, Vol. 23 No. 9Frontline … Continue reading

May 11, 2006 · Leave a comment

First glimpse of a new dawn in Nepal

The oldest nation-state in South Asia will soon have the subcontinent’s newest constitution. Whether peace and prosperity follow depends on how inclusive it is. 7 May 2006Sunday Magazine, The Hindu … Continue reading

May 7, 2006 · 1 Comment

For Nepal, and India, the road ahead is difficult

Among the hurdles: the parties’ lack of confidence, as well as New Delhi’s anxiety over U.N. involvement in the disarmament of the Maoists and elections to a constituent assembly. 2 … Continue reading

May 2, 2006 · 3 Comments

Parliament meets in Nepal as movement for democracy enters new phase

Kathmandu: Resolution on constituent assembly, ceasefire with Maoists has been tabled; debate, vote on Sunday. 29 April 2006The Hindu Parliament meets in Nepal Siddharth Varadarajan Kathmandu: As thousands of people … Continue reading

April 29, 2006 · 1 Comment

Out of the shadows, peace roadmap slowly takes concrete shape

Kathmandu: But many questions remain unanswered on eve of reconvening of Parliament; Maoists likely to stage rally today. 28 April 2006The Hindu A roadmap for peace takes concrete shape Siddharth … Continue reading

April 28, 2006 · 1 Comment