Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Why MoD should release video of the Pakistan boat exploding

Daily O | What the defence ministry forgot was that their initial press release had itself spoken of an explosion that the men on board had set off

February 22, 2015 · 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

PM Modi’s Pakistan Outreach Ends in Predictable Whimper

NDTV | The Modi government has strengthened the hands of Pakistan’s military and the political ecosystem it supports, and also set a bar for future dialogue that is too high

August 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

India And Pakistan Must Seize The Moment

NDTV | While the atmospherics are positive, previous attempts at peacemaking have floundered because of a mismatch in the political capacity of the governments in power in the two countries.

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

A fork in the road for the U.S. in South Asia

President Obama can call an end to the Fourth Afghan War and allow the Pakistani Army to fill the void, or he can shift tack and push for an end … Continue reading

May 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

India-Pakistan talks: Two years and still counting

Further delays in the resumption of dialogue with Pakistan will not make it easier to get satisfaction on the terror front…. 5 February 2011The Hindu Two years and still counting … Continue reading

February 5, 2011 · 4 Comments

DIPLOMATIC NOTEBOOK: For Krishna, a year of hectic travel

The External Affairs Minister has visited 27 countries in 12 months. With his frequent flyer miles has come greater confidence but Indian diplomacy is still plagued by mixed messages… 20 … Continue reading

July 21, 2010 · 1 Comment

Timeline on Siachen, Kashmir talks was the deal-breaker at Islamabad

Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi overruled his officials over draft of common talking points … 18 July 2010The Hindu Timeline on Siachen, Kashmir talks was the deal-breaker at IslamabadSiddharth Varadarajan India … Continue reading

July 18, 2010 · Leave a comment

The perils of ‘half-way house’ diplomacy

Having decided to engage Pakistan on issues beyond terror, it is counterproductive for India to artificially limit the subjects it is willing to discuss. 17 July 2010The Hindu The perils … Continue reading

July 17, 2010 · 5 Comments

Substantive dialogue is still some distance away

Instability on the AfPak front — and not the lack of trust — has emerged as the binding constraint on India’s ability to move bilateral talks on Kashmir forward… 14 … Continue reading

July 14, 2010 · Leave a comment

China, Pakistan and the NSG

Rather than objecting to what it can’t prevent, India should back a nuclear deal for Pakistan structured around a package of non-proliferation commitments… 24 June 2010The Hindu China, Pakistan and … Continue reading

June 24, 2010 · 2 Comments

Building trust, one step at a time

India should strive for functional cooperation with Pakistan on the Mumbai terror trial. As the ‘front channel’ picks up speed, so will the ‘back channel’… 23 June 2010The Hindu Building … Continue reading

June 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

India shifts from ‘accusatory’ to ‘exploratory’ mode

Acknowledging the progress made on the back-channel would be major trust building step … 21 June 2010The Hindu India shifts from ‘accusatory’ to ‘exploratory’ mode Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: In … Continue reading

June 21, 2010 · Leave a comment