Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

China or US? India must have a master strategy in this poker game

HINDUSTAN TIMES | Modi is taking India into a situation where a non-zero sum outcome in its relations with the United States and China will be increasingly unlikely.

January 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Obama and Modi Have Taken Big Steps. What Next?

NDTV | The real action is in two documents of strategic significance, the ‘US-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region’ & the ’10-year Framework for the US-India Defence Relationship’

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why Obama Is Going to India

HUFFINGTON POST | Expect a big push on nuclear commerce and a joint US-India enterprise towards China

January 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

For Obama Meeting, Where’s Modi’s Strategic Agenda?

NDTV | Nowhere has the PM spelled out a vision for where India would like to move its relationship with the United States over the next five years.

September 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Why Modi is unlikely to set the Potomac on fire

QUARTZ | The NRI event in New York is important for Modi because it will allow the marketing of his visit to the U.S. as a triumph even if there is no major diplomatic takeaway

September 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Why John Kerry’s Great Expectations Won’t Be Met By India

NDTV | The US knows its ‘strategic partnership’ with India has lost both direction and momentum in recent years and getting it back on track will not be easy.

July 30, 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

How India blinked on U.S. inspections of PM’s jet

Wary of political fallout, New Delhi asked Washington to stay quiet on the fact that it had shifted the goalposts of the sale agreement 24 March 2011The Hindu How India … Continue reading

March 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bribery charge must now be investigated

The Embassy cable suggests a serious crime was committed on Indian soil to which U.S. diplomats were privy. The Prime Minister cannot cite lame arguments to justify inaction… 19 March … Continue reading

March 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

My interview to a Chinese magazine on Obama’s visit to India

Sanlian LifeWeek, “one of the most widely circulated weekly magazines in China with 300,000 readers per week in more than 30 Chinese big cities” contacted me last week to get … Continue reading

November 17, 2010 · 8 Comments

India and Obama: Trading one hyphenation for another

India may no longer be bracketed with Pakistan in American thinking but its hyphenation with China does not augur well for the relationship or the region… 12 November 2010The Hindu … Continue reading

November 12, 2010 · 2 Comments

Obama’s UNSC statement a boost but India to be on probation

“[In] the years ahead,” the American President told Parliament on Monday, “I look forward to a reformed U.N. Security Council that includes India as a permanent member.” … My news … Continue reading

November 9, 2010 · Leave a comment

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

Manmohan’s dinner diplomacy a hit with Obama

In which the Obamas get to find out who’s who in Delhi … 8 November 2010The Hindu Manmohan’s dinner diplomacy a hit with Obama Siddharth Varadarajan Any doubts Barack Obama … Continue reading

November 8, 2010 · Leave a comment