Siddharth Varadarajan

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Siddharth Varadarajan (born 1965) is an Indian journalist and editor of Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy. He has reported on the NATO war against Yugoslavia, the destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and the crisis in Kashmir. He now works for The Hindu as its Strategic Affairs editor. He has taken a sabbatical now and is now a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California at Berkeley.[1]


After studying economics at the London School of Economics and Columbia University, he taught at New York University for several years before joining The Times of India as an editorial writer in 1995. In 2004, he joined The Hindu, India's leading English-language newspaper, as Deputy Editor.[citation needed]

In November 2005, the United Nations Correspondents Association awarded him the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize Silver Medal for Print Journalism for a series of articles, Persian Puzzle on Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency.[2] In March 2006, he was awarded the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by the President of Chile -- that country's highest civilian honor for a foreign citizen -- for his contributions to journalism and to the promotion of India's relations with Latin America and Chile.[3]

Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy, edited by Varadarajan, contains accounts of the violence against the Muslims of that province of India. The book was published by Penguin Books in 2002.

Recently, a report written by Mr.Varadarajan and published in The Hindu[4] quoting a former senior U.S. Government official, Stephen G. Rademaker, as acknowledging that the United States had coerced India into voting against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency generated a controversy with the Cambridge-based Campaign against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran (CASMII) calling for an "international investigation into U.S. coercion of IAEA members.[5]

Though Mr. Rademaker has never disputed the accuracy of the remarks attributed to him, the U.S. Ambassador in Delhi, David C. Mulford, issued a press release stating that "Mr. Rademaker is not a U.S. official and the statements attributed to him are inaccurate." The Hindu, however, confirmed that the quotes attributed to Mr.Rademaker were "wholly accurate".[6]


  • Siddharth Varadarajan Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy, Penguin Global, January 2002, ISBN 0-14-302901-0 ISBN 978-0143029014

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  1. "On sabbatical", Reality, one bite at a time (blog), August 30, 2008.
  2. "UNCA award for Siddharth Varadarajan", The Hindu, December 4, 2005.
  3. "Chilean honour for Siddharth Varadarajan ", The Hindu, March 31, 2006.
  4. "India's anti-Iran votes were coerced, says former U.S. official", The Hindu, February 16, 2007.
  5. Investigation into US coercion of IAEA members during votes on Iran puts State Department under pressure", Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran, March 29, 2007.
  6. `Rademaker is not a U.S. official', The Hindu, February 17, 2007.

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