Siddharth Varadarajan

Journalist | Writer | Analyst

The best democracy that money can buy

Should we worry that Modi may be spending as much on advertising as Obama spent on his entire 2012 campaign?

April 30, 2014 · 12 Comments

Money power in elections

A study finds that wealth increases the chances of winning, and a combination of wealth and criminal record increases it further.

April 25, 2014 · 3 Comments

Azam Khan’s poison tongue

Azam Khan wanted to drive fence-sitting Hindus into the BJP’s arms in order to ensure fence-sitting Muslims stay with SP.

April 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Skip the apology Modi saheb, tell us about Kodnani

The exertions of journalists who interviewed Modi have been as weak as the SIT’s which questioned him on the riots.

April 16, 2014 · 23 Comments

Can the BJP and its allies cross 272?

Opinion poll predictions for UP and other states suggest they might but a pinch of salt should be kept handy.

April 15, 2014 · 9 Comments

The Penguin effect

The ‘alternative’ publishing house, Navayana, is wrong to cancel Joe D’Cruz’s contract for the English translation of his Tamil classic, Aazhi Soozh Ulagu (Ocean Ringed World), just because the author has emerged as a Modi supporter.

April 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

What lies behind the corrosive effect of dynasty?

Indian politics is becoming increasingly dominated by the richest sections of society; dynasty is merely a symptom of that sickness.

April 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Votes and vengeance

Despite the talk of ‘development’, Amit Shah’s speeches suggest that hate remains a key mobilising tool for the BJP campaign.

April 8, 2014 · 4 Comments

पूंजीवाद का प्रपंच

An abridged version of my Seminar piece on Narendra Modi and crony capitalism translated into Hindi by Amar Ujala newspaper.

April 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The rise of Arvind Kejriwal, mango man

Opinions are divided about what exactly the Aam Aadmi Party represents, but everyone agrees it’s a game-changer in Indian politics.

March 31, 2014 · 10 Comments

From bad to words

If the law has any sanctity, the Congress candidate for Saharanpur, Imran Masood, ought to be speedily prosecuted for threatening to chop BJP prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi into pieces.

March 29, 2014 · 8 Comments

The cult of cronyism

Who does Narendra Modi really represent and what does his phenomenal rise in Indian politics as election front-runner signify?

March 27, 2014 · 81 Comments

The good, bad and bold of the Congress manifesto

Tokenism abounds in the manifesto – pledges for women, minorities and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes with many old promises dusted off and repackaged for the second, third and … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

A bonfire of free speech

Indians must not allow little men with irrational fears to determine what books they can read, films they can watch, writers they can play host to, or artists and musicians … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · 1 Comment