Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

It’ll Take More Than Politicians With Brooms

NDTV | A laudable initiative but the idea that the cosmetic wielding of brooms by leaders and volunteers will provide cleaner and healthier living conditions is a cruel joke on India’s poor

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The best democracy that money can buy

Should we worry that Modi may be spending as much on advertising as Obama spent on his entire 2012 campaign?

April 30, 2014 · 12 Comments

Money power in elections

A study finds that wealth increases the chances of winning, and a combination of wealth and criminal record increases it further.

April 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

पूंजीवाद का प्रपंच

An abridged version of my Seminar piece on Narendra Modi and crony capitalism translated into Hindi by Amar Ujala newspaper.

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The cult of cronyism

Who does Narendra Modi really represent and what does his phenomenal rise in Indian politics as election front-runner signify?

March 27, 2014 · 81 Comments

Government cold to CAG’s quest for new powers

For the past two years, the CAG has been pushing the Finance Ministry — its nodal ministry — for crucial changes in the 1971 Audit Act. To no avail … … Continue reading

June 24, 2011 · 2 Comments

India’s stake in Africa’s future

More than any other region, it is Africa that has to be a strategic priority for India. What we must offer is a partnership no other power is willing or … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s time to get down to business

Manmohan Singh’s second term has seen huge scams but also action against crony capitalism of a kind India has never experienced. Which trend will finally prevail? 19 February 2011The Hindu … Continue reading

February 19, 2011 · 2 Comments

Sorry people, we’re hanging up on you

The Manmohan Singh government is digging an even bigger hole for itself by claiming there was no loss of revenue from the sweetheart sale of 2G spectrum to favoured corporate … Continue reading

January 12, 2011 · 2 Comments

No debate please, we’re MPs

Behind the unprecedented Opposition walkout during Friday’s Budget speech lies the declining salience of debate and conversation in India today … 27 February 2010The Hindu Choice of decibel over decimal … Continue reading

February 27, 2010 · 1 Comment

Climate change lessons from a Nobel prize winner

Averting the tragedy of the atmospheric commons will require binding, equitable arrangements between countries, big and small. If only this year’s Peace prize winner listens to Elinor Olstrom… 14 October … Continue reading

October 14, 2009 · 7 Comments

India pleased as G20 summit scales new height

A 23 page Leaders’ Statement shows the enormous ground the world’s leading economies have covered … Genuine forward movement on several key issues, says Manmohan Singh… 27 September 2009The Hindu … Continue reading

September 27, 2009 · 1 Comment

G20 rules out ‘premature withdrawal’ of stimulus

Fossil fuel subsidies, bankers’ pay to come under global scanner, IMF asked to prepare a report by next year on banking system … 27 September 2009The Hindu G20 rules out … Continue reading

September 27, 2009 · Leave a comment

Dateline Pittsburgh: So is Twenty the new Eight? Not quite

The G20 is here to stay but don’t write the obituary of the G8 yet… 25 September 2009The Hindu So is Twenty the new Eight? Not quite Siddharth Varadarajan Pittsburgh: … Continue reading

September 26, 2009 · 1 Comment