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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In India, Hindu teen’s death amid ‘forced’ Christian conversion sparks uproar

Lavanya Muruganantham, in Tamil Nadu, was 17 when she died; a social media video of her suggests she was being pressured to become Christian.

Lavanya Muruganantham, in Tamil Nadu, was 17 when she died; a social media video of her suggests she was being pressured to become Christian.

1 Feb 2022 - 8:19PM
Workers on life in India’s post-Covid, post-Great Resignation, gig economy: ‘Like I’m working all the time’

Four people share the good bits and the bad gigs as they navigate a life without bosses – or the promise of a regular pay cheque.

Four people share the good bits and the bad gigs as they navigate a life without bosses – or the promise of a regular pay cheque.

17 Jan 2022 - 2:57PM
After China’s education crackdown, it’s party time for India’s online start-ups

Eruditus, an executive education platform based in Mumbai, recently raised US$650 million, valuing the firm at US$3.2 billion.

Eruditus, an executive education platform based in Mumbai, recently raised US$650 million, valuing the firm at US$3.2 billion.

25 Aug 2021 - 9:22PM
India’s scrapping of controversial retrospective tax law given cautious welcome

Move paves the way for Asia’s third-largest economy to settle as many as 17 long-standing tax disputes with foreign investors – by coughing up US$1 billion in refunds.

Move paves the way for Asia’s third-largest economy to settle as many as 17 long-standing tax disputes with foreign investors – by coughing up US$1 billion in refunds.

11 Aug 2021 - 10:23PM
‘Stealth investment’: Chinese money finds its way into Indian tech as IPOs boom

India’s tech scene is flourishing after Covid-19 led to greater use of digital services, and Chinese investors are returning despite New Delhi’s FDI rules.

India’s tech scene is flourishing after Covid-19 led to greater use of digital services, and Chinese investors are returning despite New Delhi’s FDI rules.

4 Aug 2021 - 8:33PM
India looks to East Asia, Middle East in hunt for mango buyers

Fruit-themed festivals and in-embassy tasting events have been rolled out by India’s government in recent weeks in a bid to boost flagging exports of the country’s national fruit.

Fruit-themed festivals and in-embassy tasting events have been rolled out by India’s government in recent weeks in a bid to boost flagging exports of the country’s national fruit.

20 Jul 2021 - 8:58PM
Are Indian women in Kerala facing abuse and death over wedding dowries?

At least four young women have died recently in suspected cases of abuse by their husbands and in-laws over the size of their dowries.

At least four young women have died recently in suspected cases of abuse by their husbands and in-laws over the size of their dowries.

19 Jul 2021 - 3:07PM
India’s Covid-19 widows: a tale of grit and resilience in the face of despair

The country’s deadly second wave has widowed thousands of women, who are struggling to return to some semblance of a normal life.

The country’s deadly second wave has widowed thousands of women, who are struggling to return to some semblance of a normal life.

9 Jul 2021 - 1:06PM
In gold-crazy India, millennials are turning to cryptocurrency amid Covid-19

Digital currencies such as bitcoin are becoming red-hot investments in India amid economic uncertainty during the pandemic.

Digital currencies such as bitcoin are becoming red-hot investments in India amid economic uncertainty during the pandemic.

4 Jul 2021 - 7:22PM
Explainer | Why is India facing a coronavirus vaccine crunch and can it ramp up production?

A cash crunch, supply chain obstacles, a second wave of infections and lockdowns have left the world’s largest vaccine producing nation struggling to meet demand.

A cash crunch, supply chain obstacles, a second wave of infections and lockdowns have left the world’s largest vaccine producing nation struggling to meet demand.

25 May 2021 - 11:15PM
India’s medicine makers in logistical ‘mess’ as coronavirus crisis disrupts pharmaceutical supply chain

World’s largest provider of generic drugs is seeing its pharmaceutical companies stagger shifts as Indian workers fall ill and shipments of crucial supplies from China are delayed.

World’s largest provider of generic drugs is seeing its pharmaceutical companies stagger shifts as Indian workers fall ill and shipments of crucial supplies from China are delayed.

21 May 2021 - 8:35AM
In India’s oldest avian sanctuary, Vedanthangal, a pollution-free vision turns toxic

Vedanthangal, a tourist hotspot so beautiful it has inspired songs, is supposed to be protected from pollution. So why are trees wilting, animals dying, skin diseases appearing and farmers abandoning their land?

Vedanthangal, a tourist hotspot so beautiful it has inspired songs, is supposed to be protected from pollution. So why are trees wilting, animals dying, skin diseases appearing and farmers abandoning their land?

17 Apr 2021 - 5:00PM
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

3 Jun 2021 - 1:48PM
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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

18 Jul 2020 - 10:56PM