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

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

The conference visa debate continues…

… in which the Ministry of Home Affairs says we’re not policing thought and I reply that that is precisely what the restrictions on foreign scholars are intended to do… … Continue reading

February 23, 2010 · Leave a comment

Policing thought, not controlling terror

The Home Ministry’s policy on visas for foreign scholars attending conferences in India is just as bone-headed as its recent restrictions on the entry of tourists and non-resident Indians… 22 … Continue reading

February 22, 2010 · 1 Comment

From Mumbai to Pune, signs of a lesson learnt

The post-attack response from the government was much better coordinated this time around…15 February 2010The Hindu From Mumbai to Pune, signs of a lesson learnt Siddharth Varadarajan Gone are the … Continue reading

February 15, 2010 · 2 Comments

No rethinking on talks with Pakistan

“Terrorists are opposed to the dialogue. Why should we oblige them?”, asj senior officials … 15 February 2010The Hindu No rethinking on talks with Pakistan Siddharth Varadarajan India has no … Continue reading

February 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

A reminder from terrorists: We don’t want India-Pakistan talks

The first major act of terrorism since 26/11 strongly indicates a likely motive … 14 February 2010The Hindu NEWS ANALYSISA reminder from terrorists: We don’t want India-Pakistan talks Siddharth Varadarajan … Continue reading

February 14, 2010 · 3 Comments

Absence of dialogue is hurting India

The IPL fiasco shows it is impossible to maintain cordiality or rationality at the level of civil society when the government lacks the will to engage with Pakistan … 2 … Continue reading

February 2, 2010 · 5 Comments

Talk to Pakistan, says 26/11 inquiry committee member

Sustained dialogue with Pakistan is the only way to isolate and marginalise the jihadi elements says a former Special Secretary, R&AW … 27 January 2010The Hindu Talk to Pakistan, says … Continue reading

January 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

The NSA: More effective externally than internally

With the record of 11 years and three incumbents before us, a review of the National Security Adviser’s role as an institution is needed to see what improvements are possible… … Continue reading

January 20, 2010 · Leave a comment

It takes more than visa power to stop a terrorist

How Headley got his Indian visa is the wrong question. What we should be asking is why his travel profile into and out of the country did not trigger alarm … Continue reading

December 30, 2009 · 2 Comments

Hard line diplomacy is not homeland security

With terrorist incidents tearing Pakistan apart city by city, India needs to realise that the continuing suspension of bilateral engagement is not making itself or the region any safer….. 15 … Continue reading

December 14, 2009 · 3 Comments

Afghan message to India: Do not be deterred

Kabul, Delhi to tell U.S that Pakistan cannot have veto on bilateral ties 12 October 2009The Hindu Afghan message to India: Do not be deterred Siddharth Varadarajan New Delhi: Afghanistan … Continue reading

October 12, 2009 · 4 Comments

The road ahead for India and Pakistan

If terrorism will not compel India to settle outstanding disputes with Pakistan, keeping the dialogue process suspended indefinitely is not going to force Islamabad to be more mindful of New … Continue reading

October 5, 2009 · 8 Comments