Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

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

What India can bring to the high table

The U.N. Security Council needs a strong and independent voice on the burning issues of our time, not some feeble echo of a stale Western chorus… 14 October 2010The Hindu … Continue reading

October 14, 2010 · 2 Comments

Qana massacre and the Security Council

The primary role of any Chapter VII resolution or expanded U.N. peacekeeping force must be to protect Lebanon from Israeli aggression. 1 August 2006The Hindu Qana massacre and the Security … Continue reading

August 1, 2006 · 1 Comment

Towards the endgame in Nepal

The sooner a U.N. mission is in place to monitor the arms of the Nepal Army and Maoist PLA, the smoother will be the transition towards an interim government and … Continue reading

June 29, 2006 · 2 Comments

Will an Indian be the next U.N. chief?

In nominating Shashi Tharoor as its candidate for the top U.N. job, India is taking a gamble. The payoff in terms of international visibility is potentially high while the cost … Continue reading

June 21, 2006 · 2 Comments

UNSG race: Who gets to vote?

If India drops its proposal of having the General Assembly consider a slate of two or more candidates, then the next Secretary-General will be chosen by the 15 countries who … Continue reading

June 21, 2006 · 1 Comment

The election procedure for chosing the UN Secretary General

UNDER THE Wisnumurti Guidelines — which built upon a transparent procedure first put in place in 1991 by Chinmaya R. Gharekhan who, as India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. and … Continue reading

June 21, 2006 · Leave a comment

Lifting the veil from the Security Council

Javier Perez de Cuellar told Chinmaya R. Gharekhan of India in 1991 that the U.N. Secretary-General’s job had lost its charm now that the Cold War had ended and the … Continue reading

January 31, 2006 · Leave a comment

African Union pours cold water on India’s campaign for U.N. seat

6 August 2005The Hindu African Union pours cold water on India’s campaign for U.N. seat Siddharth Varadarajan Addis Ababa meet insists that any new permanent UNSC member must have veto … Continue reading

August 6, 2005 · 1 Comment

UN reform: G-4 remains focussed on the African Union

29 July 2005The Hindu G-4 remains focussed on the African Union Siddharth Varadarajan NEW DELHI: With the 60th anniversary summit of the United Nations fast approaching, the G-4 group of … Continue reading

July 29, 2005 · Leave a comment

G-4 favours U.N. vote "around July 20"

11 July 2005The Hindu G-4 favours U.N. vote “around July 20” Siddharth Varadarajan Africa could help garner the magic figure of 128 countries NEW DELHI: After taking stock of the … Continue reading

July 11, 2005 · Leave a comment

U.N. reform: India may agree to defer vote on G-4 resolution

7 July 2005The Hindu India may agree to defer vote on G-4 resolution on U.N. Council The feeling is that it might be better to have an open-ended debate Siddharth … Continue reading

July 7, 2005 · Leave a comment

Don’t impose vote on draft U.N. proposals, SCO tells G-4

6 July 2005The Hindu Dateline AstanaDo not impose vote on draft U.N. proposal, SCO tells G-4 Calls for `new security concept’ for Asia-Pacific Siddharth Varadarajan ASTANA (KAZAKHSTAN): The Shanghai Cooperation … Continue reading

July 6, 2005 · Leave a comment

Security Council reform: A bridge too far?

Date:28/05/2005 Opinion – Leader Page Articles Security Council reform: a bridge too far? Siddharth Varadarajan India, Japan, Germany, and Brazil will have a tough time pushing their draft resolution … Continue reading

May 28, 2005 · Leave a comment