Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan Sridharan is an experienced journalist based in South India who writes on current affairs, geopolitical equations, environment, start-ups, and economy. His works have appeared in several Indian and global publications.

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Can Modi beat China in the FDI game? India’s tax dispute with Cairn Energy might hold the answers

A cordial solution to the long-running wrangle over retrospective taxation will assure potential investors and help position India as an alternative to China.

A cordial solution to the long-running wrangle over retrospective taxation will assure potential investors and help position India as an alternative to China.

Can Modi beat China in the FDI game? India’s tax dispute with Cairn Energy might hold the answers
16 Feb 2021 - 10:06PM
As India and Indonesia vaccinate millions against Covid-19, fake news and conspiracy theories are gaining ground

Fake news, fear and conspiracy theories about Covid-19 shots are gathering momentum as India and Indonesia embark on mass vaccination drives. In Malaysia, experts are urging the government to gear up to counter misinformation.

Fake news, fear and conspiracy theories about Covid-19 shots are gathering momentum as India and Indonesia embark on mass vaccination drives. In Malaysia, experts are urging the government to gear up to counter misinformation.

As India and Indonesia vaccinate millions against Covid-19, fake news and conspiracy theories are gaining ground
26 Jan 2021 - 11:00PM
WhatsApp-obsessed Indonesia and India struggle to forsake app amid privacy policy confusion

With users worldwide migrating to rivals after the confusion over WhatsApp’s privacy policy, the combined 590 million users in the two countries will take a longer time to get used to Signal and Telegram, analysts say.

With users worldwide migrating to rivals after the confusion over WhatsApp’s privacy policy, the combined 590 million users in the two countries will take a longer time to get used to Signal and Telegram, analysts say.

WhatsApp-obsessed Indonesia and India struggle to forsake app amid privacy policy confusion
21 Jan 2021 - 9:53PM
India aims to use coronavirus ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to counter China, but is it jumping the gun?

India aims to roll out its Covid-19 vaccines to its neighbours to boost its regional importance, but analysts say New Delhi must tread cautiously.

India aims to roll out its Covid-19 vaccines to its neighbours to boost its regional importance, but analysts say New Delhi must tread cautiously.

India aims to use coronavirus ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to counter China, but is it jumping the gun?
9 Jan 2021 - 3:47PM
Wistron’s Apple factory in India committed serious violations of labour laws, report finds

Exploitative practices such as wage underpayments, irregular hours and poor working conditions were common at the plant

Exploitative practices such as wage underpayments, irregular hours and poor working conditions were common at the plant

Wistron’s Apple factory in India committed serious violations of labour laws, report finds
18 Dec 2020 - 3:12PM
Explainer | Why are India’s farmers protesting, and will Modi reap what he sows?

What the BJP government has done to upset so many millions of farmers – and why it should be worried come election time.

What the BJP government has done to upset so many millions of farmers – and why it should be worried come election time.

Why are India’s farmers  protesting, and will Modi reap what he sows?
9 Dec 2020 - 8:12PM
Coronavirus India: can bull semen transport network be used for vaccine distribution?

Some see the cold-storage system used in the artificial insemination of cattle as suitable and scalable for Covid-19 vaccine use.

Some see the cold-storage system used in the artificial insemination of cattle as suitable and scalable for Covid-19 vaccine use.

Coronavirus India: can bull semen transport network be used for vaccine distribution?
10 Dec 2020 - 11:43AM
Three-test coronavirus travel rule satisfies China’s need for strict control but Indians question necessity

India has almost hit 9 million Covid-19 cases and neighbouring China seeks to ensure no new outbreaks are imported by travellers.

India has almost hit 9 million Covid-19 cases and neighbouring China seeks to ensure no new outbreaks are imported by travellers.

Three-test coronavirus travel rule satisfies China’s need for strict control but Indians question necessity
18 Nov 2020 - 11:10PM
Love Jihad: a Muslim bogeyman in Indian states’ interfaith marriage laws

Five Indian states plan to legislate against a practice in which Muslim men take Hindu wives to convert them. There’s just one problem: no evidence it exists.

Five Indian states plan to legislate against a practice in which Muslim men take Hindu wives to convert them. There’s just one problem: no evidence it exists.

Love Jihad: a Muslim bogeyman in Indian states’ interfaith marriage laws
18 Nov 2020 - 10:54PM
In Sri Lanka, turmeric is being exchanged for gold on the black market

Demand for the spice, believed to have immunity-boosting qualities, has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Demand for the spice, believed to have immunity-boosting qualities, has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Sri Lanka, turmeric is being exchanged for gold on the black market
11 Nov 2020 - 7:17PM
Is India’s Mukesh Ambani seeking to share his US$200 billion Reliance Industries empire with his three children?

Asia’s richest man is seeking diversification for his conglomerate away from energy, and analysts say this is also setting the stage for a generational transition at the top.

Asia’s richest man is seeking diversification for his conglomerate away from energy, and analysts say this is also setting the stage for a generational transition at the top.

Is India’s Mukesh Ambani seeking to share his US$200 billion Reliance Industries empire with his three children?
9 Nov 2020 - 7:15AM
US presidential election: ‘Kamala was a curious child’, recalls uncle of the would-be vice-president’s early years

Her mother’s toughness, her grandfather’s work ethic and the whole family’s attitude towards discrimination are among the values that shaped the person who could soon be the world’s most powerful woman.

Her mother’s toughness, her grandfather’s work ethic and the whole family’s attitude towards discrimination are among the values that shaped the person who could soon be the world’s most powerful woman.

US presidential election: ‘Kamala was a curious child’, recalls uncle of the would-be vice-president’s early years
4 Nov 2020 - 1:58PM
US election: meet the Tambrahms, the Indian caste linking Kamala Harris to Alphabet’s CEO and Nobel laureates

The US vice-presidential candidate is one of many American success stories who can trace their roots back to the Tamil Nadu Brahmin community known as the ‘Tambrahm’.

The US vice-presidential candidate is one of many American success stories who can trace their roots back to the Tamil Nadu Brahmin community known as the ‘Tambrahm’.

US election: meet the Tambrahms, the Indian caste linking Kamala Harris to Alphabet’s CEO and Nobel laureates
4 Nov 2020 - 12:50PM
India’s TikTok stars, left in lurch by ban, seek alternative apps as they count cost of China tensions

More than three months after India banned the popular Chinese video-sharing app, a real successor has yet to emerge – leaving Indian content creators with money, and influence, on their minds.

More than three months after India banned the popular Chinese video-sharing app, a real successor has yet to emerge – leaving Indian content creators with money, and influence, on their minds.

India’s TikTok stars, left in lurch by ban, seek alternative apps as they count cost of China tensions
15 Oct 2020 - 2:54PM
Amazon and Reliance square off as India’s online pharmacy sector booms during coronavirus pandemic

Billionaires Mukesh Ambani and Jeff Bezos have both made recent moves in a sector projected to be worth US$16 billion by 2025.

Billionaires Mukesh Ambani and Jeff Bezos have both made recent moves in a sector projected to be worth US$16 billion by 2025.

Amazon and Reliance square off as India’s online pharmacy sector booms during coronavirus pandemic
23 Aug 2020 - 9:10PM
Explainer | How is India fighting the coronavirus pandemic?

India has the world’s third-highest number of Covid-19 cases, with several ministers in Narendra Modi’s cabinet infected by the coronavirus.

India has the world’s third-highest number of Covid-19 cases, with several ministers in Narendra Modi’s cabinet infected by the coronavirus.

How is India fighting the coronavirus pandemic?
14 Aug 2020 - 6:54AM
Is India’s rush for a coronavirus vaccine being driven by national pride and China tensions?

Amid increased protectionism and a record surge in cases, health experts warn political pressure is affecting the race to develop a home-grown vaccine.

Amid increased protectionism and a record surge in cases, health experts warn political pressure is affecting the race to develop a home-grown vaccine.

Is India’s rush for a coronavirus vaccine being driven by national pride and China tensions?
25 Nov 2020 - 8:51PM
Sachin Pilot’s Rajasthan sacking could hasten Congress party’s slide into oblivion

Sachin Pilot was the deputy chief minister of India’s biggest state before his shock sacking this week for refusing to toe the party line. His fate reveals a diminished Congress riven by infighting, analysts say.

Sachin Pilot was the deputy chief minister of India’s biggest state before his shock sacking this week for refusing to toe the party line. His fate reveals a diminished Congress riven by infighting, analysts say.

Sachin Pilot’s Rajasthan sacking could hasten Congress party’s slide into oblivion
18 Jul 2020 - 10:56PM
India’s George Floyds: custodial deaths raise question of who’s policing the police

Bennicks Immanuel and J Jayaraj died from their injuries after being arrested last month for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. Activists say theirs were just two of hundreds of custodial deaths in India each year.

Bennicks Immanuel and J Jayaraj died from their injuries after being arrested last month for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules. Activists say theirs were just two of hundreds of custodial deaths in India each year.

India’s George Floyds: custodial deaths raise question of who’s policing the police
9 Jul 2020 - 8:27PM
Indian tech firms welcome users as Modi bans TikTok, 58 other Chinese apps

The unprecedented move is likely to affect one in three mobile users in India, which is the biggest market for TikTok owner ByteDance.

The unprecedented move is likely to affect one in three mobile users in India, which is the biggest market for TikTok owner ByteDance.

Indian tech firms welcome users as Modi bans TikTok, 58 other Chinese apps
1 Jul 2020 - 3:53PM
Trump’s H-1B visa freeze: will US tech firms lose the next Sundar Pichai or Satya Nadella?

Trump’s move to suspend the H-1B visa for skilled foreigners has dealt a blow to the US tech sector and Indian tech workers, who receive most of these visas.

Trump’s move to suspend the H-1B visa for skilled foreigners has dealt a blow to the US tech sector and Indian tech workers, who receive most of these visas.

Trump’s H-1B visa freeze: will US tech firms lose the next Sundar Pichai or Satya Nadella?
27 Jun 2020 - 8:15AM
Why have coronavirus deaths in India suddenly shot up?

Even as the country’s Covid-19 death toll spikes 25 per cent, local authorities stand accused of undercounting and competing to report as few fatalities as possible.

Even as the country’s Covid-19 death toll spikes 25 per cent, local authorities stand accused of undercounting and competing to report as few fatalities as possible.

Why have coronavirus deaths in India suddenly shot up?
19 Jun 2020 - 5:09PM
In India, a Facebook-led investment spree for Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Platforms

The digital unit of a oil-to-telecoms conglomerate run by India’s richest man has attracted more than US$13 billion in investment in under two months.

The digital unit of a oil-to-telecoms conglomerate run by India’s richest man has attracted more than US$13 billion in investment in under two months.

In India, a Facebook-led investment spree for Mukesh Ambani’s Jio Platforms
17 Jun 2020 - 9:25AM
Could Narendra Modi’s ‘Gujarat model’ be to blame for the Indian state’s high coronavirus toll?

Narendra Modi’s focus on economic development while he was Gujarat’s chief minister came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system.

Narendra Modi’s focus on economic development while he was Gujarat’s chief minister came at the expense of allocating funds to the health care system.

Could Narendra Modi’s ‘Gujarat model’ be to blame for the Indian state’s high coronavirus toll?
9 Jun 2020 - 10:18PM
Indian students rethink study abroad plans in post-pandemic world

India is the second-biggest source country for international students behind China, with 1.1 million Indians studying abroad last year.

India is the second-biggest source country for international students behind China, with 1.1 million Indians studying abroad last year.

Indian students rethink study abroad plans in post-pandemic world
3 Jun 2020 - 2:10PM
Indian unicorns bridle as New Delhi looks a Chinese gift horse in the mouth

For billion-dollar tech firms that have grown fat on Chinese funding, India’s tougher rules on investment by neighbouring countries are ‘like a shakeout in slow motion’.

For billion-dollar tech firms that have grown fat on Chinese funding, India’s tougher rules on investment by neighbouring countries are ‘like a shakeout in slow motion’.

Indian unicorns bridle as New Delhi looks a Chinese gift horse in the mouth
2 Jun 2020 - 11:39AM
Coronavirus: India invites scepticism as it sticks by hydroxychloroquine, Covid treatment backed by Trump

The Indian Council of Medical Research insists the drug is useful as a preventive measure. Sceptics point out the country is the world’s largest manufacturer.

The Indian Council of Medical Research insists the drug is useful as a preventive measure. Sceptics point out the country is the world’s largest manufacturer.

Coronavirus: India invites scepticism as it sticks by hydroxychloroquine, Covid treatment backed by Trump
28 May 2020 - 10:52AM
India’s massive repatriation effort from 12 countries begins with scramble to get on flights

From the Gulf states to Singapore, Air India planes and naval ships will bring 15,000 non-resident Indians home as part of the Vande Bharat mission. But frustrations at the slow pace of the exercise and the costs to evacuees are mounting.

From the Gulf states to Singapore, Air India planes and naval ships will bring 15,000 non-resident Indians home as part of the Vande Bharat mission. But frustrations at the slow pace of the exercise and the costs to evacuees are mounting.

India’s massive repatriation effort from 12 countries begins with scramble to get on flights
8 May 2020 - 9:18PM
Indians know the Alphonso is the ‘king of mangoes’. If only they could buy some

Amid the country’s lockdown, farmers are sitting on tonnes of rotting fruit, unable to export them or get them to hungry local customers

Amid the country’s lockdown, farmers are sitting on tonnes of rotting fruit, unable to export them or get them to hungry local customers

Indians know the Alphonso is the ‘king of mangoes’. If only they could buy some
2 May 2020 - 4:02PM
India’s ‘vaccine king’ bets big on Oxford University coronavirus treatment

Serum, the world’s largest vaccine maker, will produce 40 million units of a vaccine currently on trial – without knowing if it works.

Serum, the world’s largest vaccine maker, will produce 40 million units of a vaccine currently on trial – without knowing if it works.

India’s ‘vaccine king’ bets big on Oxford University coronavirus treatment
29 Apr 2020 - 8:45PM