Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Congress Reeling from Anti-Leadership of Gandhis

NDTV | Eight months on from its stunning defeat, the Congress still doesn’t know how to find its footing on the frightening new political terrain where it is placed

January 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

Modi Scissorhands And The Future Of Films In India

HUFFINGTON POST | The government’s choices for the Censor Board plumb a new low even for a body prone to politicisation and patronage

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Year Of Living Aspirationally

OUTLOOK | Despite the upbeat feeling, things are seeming to stall. Modi’s one-man show and the mischief of saffron outfits are his biggest weakness.

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fall of a Strongman

TIMES OF INDIA | Lessons from Sri Lanka on the limits of centralised power

January 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Closed encounters of the ominous kind

TIMES OF INDIA | The future of the rule of law, and indeed of democracy in India, will rest on the ability of the courts to do justice in the Sohrabuddin, Kauserbi and Prajapati cases

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

It is ‘PK’ Protestors Who Are Mocking Hinduism

NDTV | The Hindutva outfits may not like the movie but state governments must uphold the right of the public to safely watch the film if they so desire

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

What These Results Mean for Modi and BJP

NDTV | In both Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand, the BJP will need allies to come to power

December 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Modi’s Lakshman Rekha Warning Grossly Inadequate

NDTV |Narendra Modi’s silence in the face of the communal statements his party colleagues have been making recently is something of a mystery

December 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

Friendship With Russia Comforts, Even if it Doesn’t Electrify

NDTV | India and Russia will continue to provide political comfort to one another on major global issues but is there scope for genuine excitement in the economic sphere?

December 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Banning Uber is Not the Answer

NDTV | The Delhi government must come up with clear regulations aimed at enhancing women’s safety and ensure that Uber and other providers comply. On pain of prosecution.

December 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Welcome U-Turn by Modi on Bangladesh

NDTV | While in opposition, the BJP has attacked Manmohan Singh for agreeing to land swaps with Bangladesh. But as PM, Modi has recognised the deal is a win-win

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Compelling people to vote will empower big money, not citizens

TIMES OF INDIA | There are many problems with Indian democracy and the Indian electoral system that need fixing but compulsory voting is hardly the answer to these

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

What His Cabinet Expansion Says About the PM

NDTV | You can tell the barrel of talent within the BJP is being scraped pretty thin when Modi has had to make ministers out of a sitting Chief Minister, leaders poached from other parties, and a back-room player from the RSS

November 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

When a Big Tree Fell

TIMES OF INDIA | Thirty years since THE 1984 anti-Sikh riots, we still need to learn lessons on political accountability

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment