Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan is an experienced journalist based in Bangalore, India.

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Coronavirus crisis’ latest victim could be India’s pharmaceutical industry

India is heavily reliant on China for imports of raw materials and active ingredients used in producing everything from vitamin tablets to life-saving antibiotics.

13 Feb 2020 - 11:29AM

India is heavily reliant on China for imports of raw materials and active ingredients used in producing everything from vitamin tablets to life-saving antibiotics.

Coronavirus crisis’ latest victim could be India’s pharmaceutical industry
Arvind Kejriwal’s New Delhi victory has the BJP blushing. Can his AAP take on Modi at the national level?

The new chief minister claimed victory on the back of pro-poor policies while maintaining the balancing act of non-discriminatory Hindu bona fides.

12 Feb 2020 - 8:24PM

The new chief minister claimed victory on the back of pro-poor policies while maintaining the balancing act of non-discriminatory Hindu bona fides.

Arvind Kejriwal’s New Delhi victory has the BJP blushing. Can his AAP take on Modi at the national level?
Is the Hindu monkey god Hanuman really Homo erectus?

A new book by an Indian scholar contends that the monkey god Hanuman belonged to an extinct human species, after finding that he and his companions inhabited a ‘distinctive’ human culture.

2 Feb 2020 - 7:26PM

A new book by an Indian scholar contends that the monkey god Hanuman belonged to an extinct human species, after finding that he and his companions inhabited a ‘distinctive’ human culture.

Is the Hindu monkey god Hanuman really Homo erectus?
India’s homeopathic ‘cure’ for coronavirus ‘immature and irresponsible’

The Indian ministry for traditional medicines faced a backlash after it issued an advisory recommending herbal remedies to combat the novel coronavirus.

15 Feb 2020 - 6:06PM

The Indian ministry for traditional medicines faced a backlash after it issued an advisory recommending herbal remedies to combat the novel coronavirus.

India’s homeopathic ‘cure’ for coronavirus ‘immature and irresponsible’
5G trials: how did China’s Huawei beat opposition from India’s powerful RSS?

The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch group was among those that successfully pushed for the Narendra Modi administration to exit the RCEP free-trade deal.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:30PM

The Swadeshi Jagaran Manch group was among those that successfully pushed for the Narendra Modi administration to exit the RCEP free-trade deal.

5G trials: how did China’s Huawei beat opposition from India’s powerful RSS?
Facial recognition for cows: how the search for tech unicorns is revolutionising India’s farms

Hundreds of tech firms are offering everything from wearable health monitors for livestock to real-time agriscience data as the search for a farming unicorn intensifies.

16 Feb 2020 - 7:27PM

Hundreds of tech firms are offering everything from wearable health monitors for livestock to real-time agriscience data as the search for a farming unicorn intensifies.

Facial recognition for cows: how the search for tech unicorns is revolutionising India’s farms
India’s onion crisis sparks violence, memes and a nightmare for Narendra Modi

As prices rise, politicians have been giving onions away in garlands and as wedding gifts, while they’re also being used to market smartphones.

13 Dec 2019 - 11:03PM

As prices rise, politicians have been giving onions away in garlands and as wedding gifts, while they’re also being used to market smartphones.

India’s onion crisis sparks violence, memes and a nightmare for Narendra Modi
Nepal protesters burn Xi Jinping effigies over China’s alleged border encroachment

Kathmandu recently released a report showing that four districts were at risk of losing hundreds of hectares to Beijing as it expanded its road projects.

13 Nov 2019 - 8:50PM

Kathmandu recently released a report showing that four districts were at risk of losing hundreds of hectares to Beijing as it expanded its road projects.

Nepal protesters burn Xi Jinping effigies over China’s alleged border encroachment
As Indian tech giant Infosys tackles whistle-blower complaints, its chairman invokes God

The Indian tech giant said it ‘strongly condemns the mischievous insinuations’ that unethical practices had been used to boost revenue and profit.

10 Nov 2019 - 9:40PM

The Indian tech giant said it ‘strongly condemns the mischievous insinuations’ that unethical practices had been used to boost revenue and profit.

As Indian tech giant Infosys tackles whistle-blower complaints, its chairman invokes God
Modi’s plan to modernise India’s railways: too little, too late (just like the trains)?

With the state’s monopoly train operator running at a loss, Modi is seeking investments to liberalise the country’s centuries-old train system, starting with the newly launched Tejas Express.

2 Nov 2019 - 10:57AM

With the state’s monopoly train operator running at a loss, Modi is seeking investments to liberalise the country’s centuries-old train system, starting with the newly launched Tejas Express.

Modi’s plan to modernise India’s railways: too little, too late (just like the trains)?
The explosive truth about the link between Chinese fireworks and India’s dim Diwali

Black market imports from China, confusing regulations and pollution concerns are undermining India’s fireworks industry, with Diwali sales this year down by 30 per cent.

30 Oct 2019 - 9:59PM

Black market imports from China, confusing regulations and pollution concerns are undermining India’s fireworks industry, with Diwali sales this year down by 30 per cent.

The explosive truth about the link between Chinese fireworks and India’s dim Diwali
Disgruntled India weighs options on ties and palm oil amid #BoycottMalaysia campaign

The diplomatic fallout from Malaysia’s criticism over Kashmir is spreading to the economy as Indian businesses shun their palm oil suppliers in favour of Indonesian alternatives.

18 Oct 2019 - 6:15PM

The diplomatic fallout from Malaysia’s criticism over Kashmir is spreading to the economy as Indian businesses shun their palm oil suppliers in favour of Indonesian alternatives.

Disgruntled India weighs options on ties and palm oil amid #BoycottMalaysia campaign
Xi has an eye on Kashmir. Is Modi watching Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea?

In a dig at India’s leader, opposition politician Manish Tewari has asked if Modi will raise the sensitive issues during his informal summit with the Chinese president.

11 Oct 2019 - 10:28AM

In a dig at India’s leader, opposition politician Manish Tewari has asked if Modi will raise the sensitive issues during his informal summit with the Chinese president.

Xi has an eye on Kashmir. Is Modi watching Hong Kong, Xinjiang and the South China Sea?
Why are two Christian factions engaged in a ‘holy war’ in India’s Kerala?

A decades-long dispute between two rival Christian factions in Kerala sparked a recent stand-off in a church at the centre of the tussle.

6 Oct 2019 - 11:06PM

A decades-long dispute between two rival Christian factions in Kerala sparked a recent stand-off in a church at the centre of the tussle.

Why are two Christian factions engaged in a ‘holy war’ in India’s Kerala?
India restricts universities from tie-ups with Chinese institutions, days before Modi expected to meet Xi

India has instructed its universities not to enter into academic cooperation agreements with Chinese institutions unless they obtain prior approval – just days before an expected meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping

9 Oct 2019 - 5:38PM

India has instructed its universities not to enter into academic cooperation agreements with Chinese institutions unless they obtain prior approval – just days before an expected meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping

India restricts universities from tie-ups with Chinese institutions, days before Modi expected to meet Xi
It’s Amazon vs Walmart in the battle for India’s Black Friday

E-commerce giants are cashing in on a traditional boom in consumer spending around the Diwali period with two rival shopping sales: Amazon’s ‘Great Indian Festival’ and Flipkart’s ‘Big Billion Days’.

30 Sep 2019 - 10:52AM

E-commerce giants are cashing in on a traditional boom in consumer spending around the Diwali period with two rival shopping sales: Amazon’s ‘Great Indian Festival’ and Flipkart’s ‘Big Billion Days’.

It’s Amazon vs Walmart in the battle for India’s Black Friday
India is crazy about gold. But can the love last as prices skyrocket?

There has been a downturn in demand in the world’s No 2 market for gold amid a slowing economy and a cost spike of almost 25 per cent this year.

21 Sep 2019 - 1:22PM

There has been a downturn in demand in the world’s No 2 market for gold amid a slowing economy and a cost spike of almost 25 per cent this year.

India is crazy about gold. But can the love last as prices skyrocket?
In India’s cloud kitchens, dreams of a healthy-eating unicorn

India’s US$15 billion food delivery sector is booming with start-ups like cure.fit hoping to cash in on an insatiable demand for nutritious food

9 Sep 2019 - 11:03AM

India’s US$15 billion food delivery sector is booming with start-ups like cure.fit hoping to cash in on an insatiable demand for nutritious food

In India’s cloud kitchens, dreams of a healthy-eating unicorn
In India, Modi is betting big on electric vehicles. But does he need China’s help?

The South Asian nation wants to become a 100 per cent EV nation by 2030, but China controls the bulk of components essential to the manufacture of EV batteries – so the prime minister’s dream is dependent on Beijing’s blessings

26 Aug 2019 - 10:31AM

The South Asian nation wants to become a 100 per cent EV nation by 2030, but China controls the bulk of components essential to the manufacture of EV batteries – so the prime minister’s dream is dependent on Beijing’s blessings

In India, Modi is betting big on electric vehicles. But does he need China’s help?
India scraps Kashmir’s special status raising fears of ‘catastrophic’ unrest

The move had been a long-held promise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, and many fear New Delhi wants to change the region’s demographics by allowing non-Kashmiris – mostly Hindus – to buy land locally.

5 Aug 2019 - 10:39PM

The move had been a long-held promise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party, and many fear New Delhi wants to change the region’s demographics by allowing non-Kashmiris – mostly Hindus – to buy land locally.

India scraps Kashmir’s special status raising fears of ‘catastrophic’ unrest
How a wave of Chinese money is powering Indian start-ups

China last year poured US$2.5 billion into firms in India, a healthy breeding ground for up-and-coming tech outfits – and this cooperation between investors and entrepreneurs holds a multitude of benefits for both sides.

29 Jul 2019 - 9:20AM

China last year poured US$2.5 billion into firms in India, a healthy breeding ground for up-and-coming tech outfits – and this cooperation between investors and entrepreneurs holds a multitude of benefits for both sides.

How a wave of Chinese money is powering Indian start-ups
The Japanese are coming: India’s ‘Detroit of Asia’ feels the force of foreign cash

Japan’s automotive industry has turned Tamil Nadu’s state capital Chennai into the ‘Detroit of Asia’ as carmakers take advantage of tax breaks and new infrastructure.

26 Jul 2019 - 5:13PM

Japan’s automotive industry has turned Tamil Nadu’s state capital Chennai into the ‘Detroit of Asia’ as carmakers take advantage of tax breaks and new infrastructure.

The Japanese are coming: India’s ‘Detroit of Asia’ feels the force of foreign cash
Gold, jewels, ‘Islamic’ finance: how India’s I Monetary Advisory built a US$365 million Ponzi scheme

A Ponzi scheme promising a halal route to riches duped 50,000 Indians. If Delhi doesn’t rethink its stance on Islamic finance, they won’t be the last.

14 Jul 2019 - 12:41PM

A Ponzi scheme promising a halal route to riches duped 50,000 Indians. If Delhi doesn’t rethink its stance on Islamic finance, they won’t be the last.

Gold, jewels, ‘Islamic’ finance: how India’s I Monetary Advisory built a US$365 million Ponzi scheme
Can India’s ultra-low mobile tariffs last? Ask Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio

Telecoms venture backed by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani has hugely undercut competitors and faces accusations it exploited legal loopholes to amass 300 million subscribers. Pundits say its price war cannot last

10 Jun 2019 - 6:44PM

Telecoms venture backed by Asia’s richest man Mukesh Ambani has hugely undercut competitors and faces accusations it exploited legal loopholes to amass 300 million subscribers. Pundits say its price war cannot last

Can India’s ultra-low mobile tariffs last? Ask Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio
Can Bollywood be the bridge that binds India and China?

Indian filmmakers are eyeing the huge potential to sell cinema tickets in China after the unexpected runaway success of 2017 movie Dangal starring Aamir Khan.

9 Jun 2019 - 11:03PM

Indian filmmakers are eyeing the huge potential to sell cinema tickets in China after the unexpected runaway success of 2017 movie Dangal starring Aamir Khan.

Can Bollywood be the bridge that binds India and China?
Amazon, Uber, and Google struggled in China, but Indian hotel chain Oyo is succeeding. Here’s why

The budget hotel chain now claims to be the second biggest in China. It plans to spend US$960 million on expanding in Asia over the next five years, US$600 million of which has been earmarked for the Middle Kingdom.

13 May 2019 - 11:41AM

The budget hotel chain now claims to be the second biggest in China. It plans to spend US$960 million on expanding in Asia over the next five years, US$600 million of which has been earmarked for the Middle Kingdom.

Amazon, Uber, and Google struggled in China, but Indian hotel chain Oyo is succeeding. Here’s why
In India, one man took on Chinese firm ByteDance to shut down TikTok – and he wants to do it again

Muthukumar Sankaran asked a court to shut down an app by the world’s most valuable start-up, alleging that it exposed users to hate speech and sexually explicit material.

9 May 2019 - 2:39PM

Muthukumar Sankaran asked a court to shut down an app by the world’s most valuable start-up, alleging that it exposed users to hate speech and sexually explicit material.

In India, one man took on Chinese firm ByteDance to shut down TikTok – and he wants to do it again
What does Amazon’s China departure mean for its Indian e-commerce battle?

The American retail behemoth has repeatedly said that it is in for the long-haul in India. But stiff competition and an increasingly hostile regulatory environment could stop it in its tracks.

26 Apr 2019 - 6:00PM

The American retail behemoth has repeatedly said that it is in for the long-haul in India. But stiff competition and an increasingly hostile regulatory environment could stop it in its tracks.

What does Amazon’s China departure mean for its Indian e-commerce battle?
An India-China trade war? Modi fans the flames of boycott calls

The influential Confederation of All India Traders, which has 70 million members, is calling for a boycott of Chinese products – even though most experts say any such action would hurt India far more than China.

16 Apr 2019 - 9:29PM

The influential Confederation of All India Traders, which has 70 million members, is calling for a boycott of Chinese products – even though most experts say any such action would hurt India far more than China.

An India-China trade war? Modi fans the flames of boycott calls
Jet Airways in tailspin, nosedive at IndiGo. New Delhi must stop India’s aviation sector crashing – or face election turbulence

In just months, India’s domestic aviation sector has gone from being the world’s fastest growing to a chaos in which over 1 in 7 planes are grounded. New Delhi beware: disgruntled passengers are about to head to the polls

14 Apr 2019 - 5:44PM

In just months, India’s domestic aviation sector has gone from being the world’s fastest growing to a chaos in which over 1 in 7 planes are grounded. New Delhi beware: disgruntled passengers are about to head to the polls

Jet Airways in tailspin, nosedive at IndiGo. New Delhi must stop India’s aviation sector crashing – or face election turbulence