Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan is an experienced journalist based in Bangalore, India.
Vasudevan Sridharan
Vasudevan is an experienced journalist based in Bangalore, India.

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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
Religion-based crimes have risen sharply in India. Does Modi love hate?

Violence against Muslims and Christians has spiked some 400 per cent since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office. There are fears India will become more polarised if he wins the upcoming election

21 Mar 2019 - 2:29PM

Violence against Muslims and Christians has spiked some 400 per cent since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office. There are fears India will become more polarised if he wins the upcoming election

Religion-based crimes have risen sharply in India. Does Modi love hate?
Indian invasion of Chinese social media apps like TikTok, SHAREit and Helo sparks fear and loathing in New Delhi

As TikTok and other Chinese social media apps take India by storm, they stand accused of everything from spying and spreading sexually explicit material to crowding out local competition.

28 Apr 2019 - 1:36AM

As TikTok and other Chinese social media apps take India by storm, they stand accused of everything from spying and spreading sexually explicit material to crowding out local competition.

Indian invasion of Chinese social media apps like TikTok, SHAREit and Helo sparks fear and loathing in New Delhi
A great waste: Indian minister Nitin Gadkari wants to collect the nation’s urine for valuable nutrients

India is flushing away valuable nutrients, says a minister who is campaigning to turn the nation’s liquid waste into fertiliser.

8 Mar 2019 - 8:02PM

India is flushing away valuable nutrients, says a minister who is campaigning to turn the nation’s liquid waste into fertiliser.

A great waste: Indian minister Nitin Gadkari wants to collect the nation’s urine for valuable nutrients
How a sugar-loving elephant took India’s conservation efforts to tusk

Sweet-toothed Chinna Thambi became a social media star after repeatedly returning to human settlements, highlighting the ways development impacts animal habitats

26 Feb 2019 - 3:26PM

Sweet-toothed Chinna Thambi became a social media star after repeatedly returning to human settlements, highlighting the ways development impacts animal habitats

How a sugar-loving elephant took India’s conservation efforts to tusk
How India’s neglect drives Nepal into China’s outstretched arms

New Delhi and Kathmandu are old allies, but recent moves such as the controversial demonetisation of high-value rupee notes have soured ties

11 Feb 2019 - 3:44PM

New Delhi and Kathmandu are old allies, but recent moves such as the controversial demonetisation of high-value rupee notes have soured ties

How India’s neglect drives Nepal into China’s outstretched arms
Baby ban: how India’s strict new surrogacy law is practically prohibition

A new bill aimed at protecting women and ensuring children’s rights in India’s multibillion dollar surrogacy industry has been derided by critics as a ‘near-ban’.

20 Jan 2019 - 9:49PM

A new bill aimed at protecting women and ensuring children’s rights in India’s multibillion dollar surrogacy industry has been derided by critics as a ‘near-ban’.

Baby ban: how India’s strict new surrogacy law is practically prohibition
India bolsters defence on border with China by building 44 new roads

The roads are in line with a slew of infrastructure projects by the Modi administration that will counter Beijing’s territorial claims

17 Jan 2019 - 8:53PM

The roads are in line with a slew of infrastructure projects by the Modi administration that will counter Beijing’s territorial claims

India bolsters defence on border with China by building 44 new roads
After yoga, Modi’s next soft power push is traditional medicine

India is trying to put Ayurveda on the global map following the success of efforts to promote yoga

23 Dec 2018 - 2:01PM

India is trying to put Ayurveda on the global map following the success of efforts to promote yoga

After yoga, Modi’s next soft power push is traditional medicine
What Rahul Gandhi got right in his bid to challenge Narendra Modi for India’s premiership

Congress’ success in the state elections have punctured the aura of invincibility that had surrounded Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party

12 Dec 2018 - 9:26PM

Congress’ success in the state elections have punctured the aura of invincibility that had surrounded Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party

What Rahul Gandhi got right in his bid to challenge Narendra Modi for India’s premiership
Why Trump’s visa plans mean desperate housewives in India

Trump’s plan to overhaul the US visa system won’t just turn the screw on India’s IT workers. The dependents of even successful applicants may lose the right to work – reviving the days of the ‘involuntary housewife visa’

2 Dec 2018 - 10:33AM

Trump’s plan to overhaul the US visa system won’t just turn the screw on India’s IT workers. The dependents of even successful applicants may lose the right to work – reviving the days of the ‘involuntary housewife visa’

Why Trump’s visa plans mean desperate housewives in India
Should India credit Modi’s demonetisation for digital boom?

Indians are still reeling from their leader’s decision to remove high denomination bank notes from circulation.

19 Nov 2018 - 8:14AM

Indians are still reeling from their leader’s decision to remove high denomination bank notes from circulation.

Should India credit Modi’s demonetisation for digital boom?
India protests against China-Pakistan luxury bus route for ‘violating sovereignty’ in contested Kashmir

Foreign ministry said the transport link, from Lahore to Kashgar, operates through contested Kashmir region

1 Nov 2018 - 9:23PM

Foreign ministry said the transport link, from Lahore to Kashgar, operates through contested Kashmir region

India protests against China-Pakistan luxury bus route for ‘violating sovereignty’ in contested Kashmir
India has world’s largest statue, but satisfying Modi’s ego still a tall order
  • The US$403m construction, twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, is seen as Modi’s bid to unseat the legacy of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Displaced tribal people criticise it in letters written in blood.
31 Oct 2018 - 10:36PM
  • The US$403m construction, twice as high as the Statue of Liberty, is seen as Modi’s bid to unseat the legacy of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Displaced tribal people criticise it in letters written in blood.
India has world’s largest statue, but satisfying Modi’s ego still a tall order
In Ayodhya, a centuries-old Hindu-Muslim dispute that can still sway Indian elections

The Ram Janmaboomi temple is at the heart of a bitter political and legal dispute that has seen temples razed and thousands killed. The legal battle over the site began in 1885 – and it is still raging today.

31 Oct 2018 - 9:37AM

The Ram Janmaboomi temple is at the heart of a bitter political and legal dispute that has seen temples razed and thousands killed. The legal battle over the site began in 1885 – and it is still raging today.

In Ayodhya, a centuries-old Hindu-Muslim dispute that can still sway Indian elections
What Rajapaksa’s return means for China-India tug of war over Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan president came to power on an anti-China agenda, but his ousting of prime minister in favour of former strongman leader suggests a shift in power.

29 Oct 2018 - 1:38PM

Sri Lankan president came to power on an anti-China agenda, but his ousting of prime minister in favour of former strongman leader suggests a shift in power.

What Rajapaksa’s return means for China-India tug of war over Sri Lanka
India’s Sikkim airport borders China in sign of Modi’s intent

The Pakyong airport in the northeastern state provides strategic advantage in the region – but also underlines the Modi administration’s desire to cement its bond with the rest of the country.

6 Oct 2018 - 10:16PM

The Pakyong airport in the northeastern state provides strategic advantage in the region – but also underlines the Modi administration’s desire to cement its bond with the rest of the country.

India’s Sikkim airport borders China in sign of Modi’s intent
Iran’s India-operated Chabahar port in limbo due to US sanctions and regional security issues