Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan is an experienced journalist based in Bangalore, India.

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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.

30 Jul 2020 - 7:53PM

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?
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.

18 Jul 2020 - 10:56PM

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
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.

9 Jul 2020 - 8:27PM

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
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.

1 Jul 2020 - 3:53PM

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
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.

27 Jun 2020 - 8:15AM

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?
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.

19 Jun 2020 - 5:09PM

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?
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.

17 Jun 2020 - 9:25AM

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
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.

9 Jun 2020 - 10:18PM

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?
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.

3 Jun 2020 - 2:10PM

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
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’.

30 May 2020 - 3:09PM

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
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.

28 May 2020 - 10:52AM

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
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.

8 May 2020 - 9:18PM

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
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

2 May 2020 - 4:02PM

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
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.

29 Apr 2020 - 8:45PM

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
Coronavirus: will India’s influx of Chinese rapid test kits help turn the tide of contagion?

Only a fraction of the country’s 1.3 billion citizens have been tested for Covid-19, but concerns about the accuracy of rapid antibody tests could limit their usefulness.

20 Apr 2020 - 9:03PM

Only a fraction of the country’s 1.3 billion citizens have been tested for Covid-19, but concerns about the accuracy of rapid antibody tests could limit their usefulness.

Coronavirus: will India’s influx of Chinese rapid test kits help turn the tide of contagion?
Coronavirus: India’s north-south divide deepens as it battles rising infections

While the north is home to most of India’s 1.3 billion population, there are more testing centres in the south with indications that more tests are being done there.

9 Apr 2020 - 11:29PM

While the north is home to most of India’s 1.3 billion population, there are more testing centres in the south with indications that more tests are being done there.

Coronavirus: India’s north-south divide deepens as it battles rising infections
Coronavirus: India’s lockdown traps truckers on roads, throws supply chains into disarray

Experts say there might be up to 500,000 trucks parked across the country, unable to transport the vital food and goods they carry.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:52PM

Experts say there might be up to 500,000 trucks parked across the country, unable to transport the vital food and goods they carry.

Coronavirus: India’s lockdown traps truckers on roads, throws supply chains into disarray
Modi says there’s enough food for India during coronavirus lockdown, but supply chains are choked

India has announced a US$22 billion package to provide food rations to about 800 million people affected by the coronavirus lockdown.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:54PM

India has announced a US$22 billion package to provide food rations to about 800 million people affected by the coronavirus lockdown.

Modi says there’s enough food for India during coronavirus lockdown, but supply chains are choked
Netflix, yoga: how Delhi’s first coronavirus patient beat quarantine boredom

Rohit Datta assumed he had the flu after returning from a tour of Italy and Hungary. When he learned he had the virus, guilt that he may have infected family was worse than the symptoms.

21 May 2020 - 11:40AM

Rohit Datta assumed he had the flu after returning from a tour of Italy and Hungary. When he learned he had the virus, guilt that he may have infected family was worse than the symptoms.

Netflix, yoga: how Delhi’s first coronavirus patient beat quarantine boredom
Coronavirus: India’s worst-case scenario is two in 10 people infected but most cases would be mild

US-based public health expert Ramanan Laxminarayan revised his worst-case scenario projection in light of new measures being taken. His model now shows 2 in 10 people or 300 million could have Covid-19, but most cases would be ‘extremely mild’.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:56PM

US-based public health expert Ramanan Laxminarayan revised his worst-case scenario projection in light of new measures being taken. His model now shows 2 in 10 people or 300 million could have Covid-19, but most cases would be ‘extremely mild’.

Coronavirus: India’s worst-case scenario is two in 10 people infected but most cases would be mild
Coronavirus: doctors slam India’s limited testing as fears of community spread grow

India has recorded 151 cases and three deaths, but restrictions on who is eligible to take the Covid-19 test masks the true scale of the situation, experts say.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:57PM

India has recorded 151 cases and three deaths, but restrictions on who is eligible to take the Covid-19 test masks the true scale of the situation, experts say.

Coronavirus: doctors slam India’s limited testing as fears of community spread grow
Panic in India’s tech hubs Hyderabad and Bangalore after man gets coronavirus following Dubai trip

The 24-year-old software engineer met Hong Kong colleagues in Dubai before returning home, and authorities are trying to establish how he contracted Covid-19.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:59PM

The 24-year-old software engineer met Hong Kong colleagues in Dubai before returning home, and authorities are trying to establish how he contracted Covid-19.

Panic in India’s tech hubs Hyderabad and Bangalore after man gets coronavirus following Dubai trip
India’s poultry industry sees up to 80 per cent drop in sales after coronavirus from chicken rumours

The US$14 billion poultry industry is taking a massive hit after social media rumours that coronavirus could be spread by chicken meat.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:59PM

The US$14 billion poultry industry is taking a massive hit after social media rumours that coronavirus could be spread by chicken meat.

India’s poultry industry sees up to 80 per cent drop in sales after coronavirus from chicken rumours
Vodafone Idea on brink in India, threatening telecoms sector and leaving customers on hold

India’s second-largest mobile service provider owes government US$4 billion and is saddled with a debt overhang of US$14 billion

1 Mar 2020 - 10:45PM

India’s second-largest mobile service provider owes government US$4 billion and is saddled with a debt overhang of US$14 billion

Vodafone Idea on brink in India, threatening telecoms sector and leaving customers on hold
India’s surgical mask makers scramble to meet Asian demand surge amid coronavirus outbreak

Eyeing large profits, Indian manufacturers are exporting more masks to countries such as China and Malaysia, but the local market is suffering as substandard products hit shelves.

8 Apr 2020 - 12:00AM

Eyeing large profits, Indian manufacturers are exporting more masks to countries such as China and Malaysia, but the local market is suffering as substandard products hit shelves.

India’s surgical mask makers scramble to meet Asian demand surge amid coronavirus outbreak
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.

8 Apr 2020 - 12:00AM

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.

8 Apr 2020 - 12:00AM

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?