Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Parties gear up in Nepal

Kathmandu: Tens of thousands of people turn up to warn the parties against betrayal as parliament is all set to reconvene. And in another major softening of their stance, the … Continue reading

April 28, 2006 · 2 Comments

Nepal army chief helped convince Gyanendra

Kathmandu: What made King Gyanendra blink on Monday night? A combination of people power and pressure from the Royal Nepal Army. As the crowds in Kathmandu surged, the RNA chief … Continue reading

April 27, 2006 · Leave a comment

Maoists soften stance in Nepal

Kathmandu: The Maoists have lifted their blockade on capital and district headquarters and also declared a ceasefire. But they have also warned the Seven Party Alliance against delaying the decision … Continue reading

April 27, 2006 · Leave a comment

And now for a Constituent Assembly

Empowered through battle, a victorious people savour their moment. 26 April 2006The Hindu Now for a Constituent AssemblyEmpowered through battle, a victorious people savour their momentSiddharth Varadarajan WHAT NEPAL has … Continue reading

April 26, 2006 · Leave a comment

Nepal Maoists want "unconditional" elections

Kathmandu: They denounce the King’s revival of Parliament; SPA accused of betraying the people’s movement by walking into the monarchy’s trap. 26 AprilThe Hindu Nepal Maoists want “unconditional” elections Siddharth … Continue reading

April 26, 2006 · Leave a comment

Nepal parties want constituent assembly

SPA plumps for Koirala. But even as there’s celebration on the streets, people tell leaders to “beware”. 26 April 2006The Hindu Nepal parties want constituent assembly Siddharth Varadarajan KATHMANDU: Following … Continue reading

April 26, 2006 · 1 Comment

Dateline Kathmandu: Gyanendra blinks, announces revival of parliament

With the democratic opposition’s promised million-person march on the Nepalese capital less than 12 hours away, King Gyanendra has finally stepped back from the brink. The question now is how … Continue reading

April 25, 2006 · 1 Comment

Dateline Kathmandu: In Nepal, novel forms of protest and familiar ones too

From a peoples’ referendum to clashes with the police and even talk of petrol bombs, Nepal today is seething with anger. 25 April 2006The Hindu In Nepal, novel forms of … Continue reading

April 25, 2006 · Leave a comment

People, parties spurn Gyanendra’s offer

Kathmandu: As surging crowds enter downtown Kathmandu for the first time since the current wave of protests began, India has officially put itself out of step with the pro-democracy forces. … Continue reading

April 23, 2006 · Leave a comment

In Nepal, only the beginning of the end

People power has forced Gyanendra to cede executive power. But only a democratically elected Constituent Assembly can bring the people true power. Revolutions done in half-measure inevitably fail. The parties … Continue reading

April 22, 2006 · 1 Comment

Review: More at stake than the monarchy

With the partnership between Nepal’s parliamentary parties and Maoists having brought the Himalayan kingdom to a historic turning point, the reconfiguration of Nepalese politics, social relations and foreign policy is … Continue reading

April 11, 2006 · 3 Comments

The countdown in Kathmandu has begun

The anti-monarchy protests planned for April 6-9 will be the first test of strength for the new partnership between Nepal’s Maoists and parliamentary parties. The King says the joint action … Continue reading

March 30, 2006 · Leave a comment

Another blow for popular sovereignty in Nepal

On March 19, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the seven party pro-democracy alliance released two separate but identically worded statements. Titled the ‘Second Understanding between the Seven Party … Continue reading

March 19, 2006 · Leave a comment

Crucial deal in Nepal hits roadblock

Leaders of the seven-party alliance are wary of the hostility of the United States and the Palace to any further agreement with the Maoists. And India’s official indifference is not … Continue reading

March 18, 2006 · 1 Comment