Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

Don’t Mistake Rahul Gandhi’s Outburst as a Turning Point

NDTV | Rumours of Rahul Gandhi’s resurrection are greatly exaggerated.

August 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Renunciation is a card that a dynasty can only play once

HINDUSTAN TIMES | Rahul hoped to avoid the taint of misgovernance by staying outside government. Unfortunately, power is poison; if you have it, you must drink it too, and suffer the consequences.

August 4, 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

India And Pakistan Must Seize The Moment

NDTV | While the atmospherics are positive, previous attempts at peacemaking have floundered because of a mismatch in the political capacity of the governments in power in the two countries.

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

The onus is now on the Leader himself

ECONOMIC TIMES | Modi fought and won a presidential-style election promising helmsmanship of mythic proportions, but the system he now heads is parliamentary not presidential, federal not unitary

May 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

Modi and Sharif Must Now Walk The Talk

NDTV | It is in India’s interest to pro-actively help craft a new architecture for renewed dialogue with Pakistan

May 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Modi and the World

Narendra Modi’s foreign policy will be defined by how he handles four challenges facing India in a changing region and world

May 22, 2014 · 6 Comments

The promise, and peril, of Modi’s mandate

If the struggle of Narendra Modi for power is the struggle of forgetting over memory, his victory represents a collective leap towards an uncertain future.

May 16, 2014 · 43 Comments

Elections 2014 – Chat with Siddharth Varadarajan

In which I fielded live questions from readers at a new ‘town hall’ type website…

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

The arithmetic of alliances is still the key

If 180-200 seats range represents a danger zone for the BJP, anything beyond that would provide a comfortable platform for Modi.

May 12, 2014 · 4 Comments

When justice becomes the victim

A newly released report by Stanford Law School on riots and justice in Gujarat says the conviction rate for the 2002 riots is 15-times lower than the national average

May 9, 2014 · 12 Comments

Of Hindus and Indians: Modi’s refugee stumble on Times Now

Ever since February, when Modi said “harassed” Hindus from Bangladesh and the rest of the world had the right to come back to India, the BJP has been tying itself in knots over the issue.

May 9, 2014 · 5 Comments

If Narendra Modi wins …

The argument that the BJP leader would be constrained either by his allies or India’s institutions is deeply flawed.

May 9, 2014 · 55 Comments

Refugee, ‘infiltrator’ talk part of Modi’s dog-whistle politics

The easy, communal equation Modi draws between the observance of Hindu religious practices and Indian identity is a reminder of how central the idea of a ‘Hindu rashtra’ is to his own belief system and to the politics of the BJP.

May 6, 2014 · 2 Comments