Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Seven reasons why India mustn’t worry about an independent Scotland

ECONOMIC TIMES | While India’s aversion to secessionism has much to commend itself, Scotland’s case is a little different.

September 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Modi, Gita and the Dharma of a Prime Minister

NDTV | He should worry about the activities of his communal friends, not the imagined sins of ‘secular’ foes

September 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Debate: ‘Brand Modi and his message’

NDTV | I questioned the PM’s silence on the BJP’s communal propaganda in UP. His supporters on the show defended that propaganda. With spokesmen and friends like these, Modi doesn’t need enemies.

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Modi’s 100 days: Biding his time, circling the wagons

AL JAZEERA | Taken together, the Indian prime minister’s first 100 days in office have seen both fair portents and dark omens.

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate: Should there be a code of conduct for retired judges?

RAJYA SABHA TV | It is wrong for the Modi government to appoint Justice Sathasivam as Governor and wrong for the former Chief Justice to accept this unusual offer.

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate: Why force schools to show Modi’s speech live?

NDTV HINDI | The question that interests me most is the mindset behind this decision

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Calibrating India’s terms for engagement with Japan

BUSINESS STANDARD | Sticking points in the India-Japan nuclear deal and how Tokyo can fix them

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Indo-Pak talks mystery, and a possible happy ending

THE TIMES OF INDIA | For years, Pakistan opposed moving ahead on other issues citing the Kashmir dispute. Is India now doing the same?

August 24, 2014 · 1 Comment

Debate: Is the humiliation of Opposition leaders a BJP conspiracy?

HEADLINES TODAY | Parties have won and lost power at the Centre in the past but never before have we seen supporters of the winner behaving in this manner

August 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

The futility of not talking to Pakistan

MINT | Just how misplaced this strategy is can be seen from the number of times India resolved not to talk to Pakistan because it was unhappy with Islamabad, only to back off with its primary goals unmet.

August 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Is the Modi power vertical the dominant force in government?

FORBES | The Modi power vertical has quickly asserted itself as the dominant force in the Indian system, serving notice to all pillars of the state that it will not be restrained or intimidated by their influence or oversight.

August 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

PM Modi’s Pakistan Outreach Ends in Predictable Whimper

NDTV | The Modi government has strengthened the hands of Pakistan’s military and the political ecosystem it supports, and also set a bar for future dialogue that is too high

August 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

A Fatal Flaw in the Bill on Judges

NDTV | The changes being contemplated will affect the Indian judiciary – and the Indian polity and society — for years to come. It’s best to get them right.

August 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

A spectre is haunting Big Media in India — the spectre of transparency

QUARTZ | The crisis of the Indian media is also primarily a crisis of its business model and this is where the TRAI report delivers its deadliest blows.

August 14, 2014 · 1 Comment