Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Piercing the MEA’s fog on Section 46 of supplier liability for nuclear accidents

The Ministry of External Affairs has released a deeply problematic document on the nuclear liability issue in an attempt to mollify US suppliers

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why India should say no to US demand to dilute its nuclear liability law

SCROLL | The Modi government should resist pressure from Barack Obama and the US to change key provisions to favour foreign supplier of reactors

January 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nuclear law is asset, not liability

ECONOMIC TIMES | India’s approach will increase insurance costs but lead to a more rational nuclear-conventional mix

September 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

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

NSG ends India’s ‘clean’ waiver

New guidelines bar ‘sensitive’ nuclear exports to countries outside the NPT … 25 June 2011The Hindu NSG ends India’s ‘clean’ waiver Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) … Continue reading

June 25, 2011 · 6 Comments

Rush in now, repent later

A transparent assessment of the costs and risks associated with India’s ambitious nuclear plans must be made before any ground is broken at Jaitapur or elsewhere… 25 April 2011The Hindu … Continue reading

April 25, 2011 · 3 Comments

In a first, India, U.S. for dialogue of all nuclear weapon states

At stake, a symbolic erasure of the distincion between NPT-recognised nuclear weapon states and NWSs outside the treaty… 9 November 2010The Hindu In a first, India, U.S. for dialogue of … Continue reading

November 9, 2010 · Leave a comment

U.S., India ‘constructing paradigm beyond the NPT’

America has decided to support India’s membership in the NSG, the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Australian Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement … 7 November 2010The Hindu U.S., India ‘constructing … Continue reading

November 7, 2010 · Leave a comment

India signs nuclear liability treaty

Indian officials hope U.S. will now ease up on its pressure … 28 October 2010The Hindu India signs nuclear liability treaty Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: India on Wednesday signed the … Continue reading

October 28, 2010 · Leave a comment

This is no way to write a law

The nuclear liability bill drafting process has been marred by lack of consultation and transparency from the start. In a democracy, legislation by stealth will always create a backlash. 25 … Continue reading

August 25, 2010 · 4 Comments

Final version of nuclear bill lets suppliers off the hook again

In a third attempt to indemnify foreign suppliers, the government now wants them to be liable only if they intentionally cause an accident…. 22 August 2010The Hindu Final version of … Continue reading

August 23, 2010 · 1 Comment

Government set to let suppliers off the hook

Parliamentary Standing Committee proposes major dilution of nuclear liability Bill … 18 August 2010The Hindu Government set to let suppliers off the hook Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: Their hand-wringing and … Continue reading

August 19, 2010 · 3 Comments

India-Russia nuclear talks hit liability snag

Russian suppliers do not want any liability for accidents in India … 30 July 2010The Hindu India-Russia nuclear talks hit liability snag Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: It is not just … Continue reading

July 30, 2010 · 2 Comments

The Ramnath Goenka Award…

On July 22, I received the Ramnath Goenka Award for Journalist of the Year (Print) for 2008-9 from the President of India, Pratibha Devisingh Patil. The award was for my … Continue reading

July 27, 2010 · 11 Comments