Vijay Verghese

Vijay Verghese

Vijay Verghese is a Hong Kong-based journalist and editor of the online magazines AsianConversations.com and SmartTravelAsia.com.

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Opinion | Far from ruining Hong Kong, America’s human rights and democracy bill could be used to cool things down

Pan-democrats could persuade protesters to claim the US-sponsored act as a moral victory, vent their steam through the district council elections and win bigger support to revisit universal suffrage in the Legislative Council.

20 Nov 2019 - 9:49AM

Pan-democrats could persuade protesters to claim the US-sponsored act as a moral victory, vent their steam through the district council elections and win bigger support to revisit universal suffrage in the Legislative Council.

Far from ruining Hong Kong, America’s human rights and democracy bill could be used to cool things down
Opinion | Hong Kong’s wayward young protesters need taking in hand – by parents, professors and politicians

In the city’s darkest hour, its elders to exert their moral authority. Parents must rein in their children, educators must teach that violence is wrong and politicians must step up and shape Hong Kong’s future.

19 Oct 2019 - 7:05AM

In the city’s darkest hour, its elders to exert their moral authority. Parents must rein in their children, educators must teach that violence is wrong and politicians must step up and shape Hong Kong’s future.

Hong Kong’s wayward young protesters need taking in hand – by parents, professors and politicians
Opinion | Escalating violence is not the answer. It’s time for protesters to withdraw with dignity, to make way for dialogue and reform

Protesters should think long and hard about how their commitment to ‘free Hong Kong’ has actually curtailed citizens’ liberties and freedoms. It’s time to focus energy on wide-ranging dialogue, including on badly needed electoral reform.

20 Sep 2019 - 8:44AM

Protesters should think long and hard about how their commitment to ‘free Hong Kong’ has actually curtailed citizens’ liberties and freedoms. It’s time to focus energy on wide-ranging dialogue, including on badly needed electoral reform.

Escalating violence is not the answer. It’s time for protesters to withdraw with dignity, to make way for dialogue and reform
Opinion | For all Hong Kong’s sake, Carrie Lam must reach out to the peaceful majority, to isolate the radicals and halt the violence

Millions of Hongkongers have protested peacefully, but the small violent minority gets most of the attention. If the chief executive is willing to look past them and engage the silent majority, this story can still end happily.

30 Aug 2019 - 8:23PM

Millions of Hongkongers have protested peacefully, but the small violent minority gets most of the attention. If the chief executive is willing to look past them and engage the silent majority, this story can still end happily.

For all Hong Kong’s sake, Carrie Lam must reach out to the peaceful majority, to isolate the radicals and halt the violence
Opinion | After the extradition protests, it’s time to be pro-Hong Kong, to fix the leadership crisis and liberate the city’s potential

The unprecedented protests have focused an avowedly apolitical and disparate city like never before. Hong Kong’s challenges run deep and can’t be addressed under the current system. Only a change that brings in critical voices can break the impasse.

20 Jun 2019 - 7:16AM

The unprecedented protests have focused an avowedly apolitical and disparate city like never before. Hong Kong’s challenges run deep and can’t be addressed under the current system. Only a change that brings in critical voices can break the impasse.

After the extradition protests, it’s time to be pro-Hong Kong, to fix the leadership crisis and liberate the city’s potential
Hong Kong’s Nobel nominees should aim for the bigger prize: democracy, not ‘self-determination’ from China

The nomination of three student leaders of the Occupy protests for the Nobel Peace Prize has caused a stir, and shines a light on the aims and methods of the city’s young activists.

5 Feb 2018 - 7:50PM

The nomination of three student leaders of the Occupy protests for the Nobel Peace Prize has caused a stir, and shines a light on the aims and methods of the city’s young activists.

Hong Kong’s Nobel nominees should aim for the bigger prize: democracy, not ‘self-determination’ from China