Manu Sharma

Manu Sharma is a political analyst with an international footprint. A dynamic, young thought leader in the field of global political research, communications strategy, public policy and political economy, Sharma has served in financial institutions, international organizations and media bodies across four continents. He brings a formidable mix of technical skills, multicultural experience and the ability to deliver across timelines. Sharma’s areas of professional expertise include political risk research, psephology surveys and quantitative research papers on economic issues. He has experience in econometric research, has made media appearances and serves as an advisory aide to top decision makers in politics.

Was It Wise for India to Reject the RCEP?

Dec 21, 2020

Last month, 15 Asia-Pacific countries formed the world’s largest trading bloc. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is China’s response to the US jettisoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under President Donald Trump. The deal excludes both India and the US. Though the RCEP is not as comprehensive as the TPP...

India’s League of Internationalists

Dec 16, 2020

Shivshankar Menon, India’s famous former national security adviser, has stirred much controversy recently. His recent article for Foreign Affairs, titled “League of Nationalists,” argues that India’s illiberal drift and new transactional foreign policy has weakened relations with the US. Coming at a time when relations between India and the US...

Why Is Foreign Investment Flooding Into India?

Dec 01, 2020

For years, India suffered from what came to be called the “Hindu rate of growth” — a result of Jawaharlal Nehru’s policy choices. India’s first prime minister had a fascination for the Soviet Union and championed socialism. In India, this socialist economic model was incongruously implemented by a colonial bureaucracy...

India-US Relationship Is Now Official

Nov 13, 2020

After decades of dithering, India has finally opted for American-led security architecture in Asia. In the latest US-India 2+2 meeting of foreign and defense ministers, the two countries concluded a fourth foundational agreement. The four key agreements between the United States and India to date include the Communications Compatibility and...

The Indian Government Is Not Letting a Pandemic Go to Waste

Oct 19, 2020

Indian culture venerates tools of trade. Indeed, a special day in the festival calendar is dedicated to worshiping them. In this context, tractors and farm implements are considered almost sacred. Burning a tractor is one of the most symbolic forms of protest. Members of the main opposition party decided to...

China-India Clash Wakes Up Tibet’s Ghost of Independence

Oct 07, 2020

Wildfires have been burning in California, Brazil and Siberia. Brexit is causing unending headaches in both Europe and the UK. The American election campaign has kicked off in high gear. Deaths from COVID-19 have crossed one million. US President Donald Trump’s taxes were the talk of the town, before he...

Why Is India’s Opposition Congress Party in Crisis?

Sep 17, 2020

Allan Octavian Hume, a sidelined official of the British Raj, founded the Indian National Congress (INC) in 1885. Born in Kent, UK, Hume was the quintessential gora sahib (white master) who had gone native. He took the initiative to create a modern political platform in a newly colonized and deeply...

Why Are the Indian and Chinese Economies Decoupling?

Sep 03, 2020

Many experts argue India is the weaker power unable to take on China. In an article in Foreign Policy, James Crabtree argues that a trade war with China would be a bad idea for India. In his view, India’s “military is inefficient, underequipped, and dogged by procurement corruption scandals.” To...

Five Urgent Economic Reforms for India

May 05, 2020

US President Donald Trump had already taken a sledgehammer to the export-led growth model. With the COVID-19 pandemic rousing primal passions, hitherto unfashionable ideas are emerging like Dracula from their grave. Protecting infant industries to improve future competitive advantage or strategic players for national security reasons are policies many are...

After Its Win in Delhi, Is the AAP En Route to Replace the BJP?

Feb 12, 2020

Until recently, elections in Delhi were not a big deal. In fact, the act that governs the National Capital Territory of Delhi grants very limited autonomy to the city administration. Some derisively call elections for the Delhi government to be a glorified municipality contest. That derision may be misjudged. The...

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