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.

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...

Sanatan Socialism Ends Billionaire Raj

Aug 30, 2019

Not too long ago, James Crabtree, the former Mumbai bureau chief of the Financial Times, wrote about the new “billionaire raj” in India. He spent most of his time hobnobbing with the rich and powerful in Mumbai, and even acted in a Bollywood movie. This former acolyte of Tony Blair made an interesting...

Are Electric Vehicles About to Take Off in India?

Aug 21, 2019

In April, Reuters reported that automakers are investing heavily in electric vehicles despite still-low demand. They are releasing “a flurry of new electric vehicle models” because governments are raising regulatory requirements for emissions around the world. Automakers are being pushed into invest in electric vehicle technology as fears of climate...

What Lies Behind India’s Bold Bet on Kashmir?

Aug 10, 2019

On August 5, the press around the world noted that India had ended special status for Jammu and Kashmir. The media in the Muslim world such as Dawn and Al Jazeera shone the light only on Kashmir. So did the BBC and The New York Times. This is understandable. Given...

Indian Politicians Write Off Loans and Farmers Kill Themselves

Feb 20, 2019

Broken credit markets and the primacy of special interests are putting enormous burdens on Indian taxpayers and farmers. Countries across the world subsidize agriculture. A key reason for this has been food security. Other reasons such as equity, environmental and cultural concerns also inform the decision to do so. In...

Is Narendra Modi’s Sanatan Socialism Failing?

Jan 21, 2019

India’s economy faces big trouble as jobs dry up, consumption falls and industrial production declines. Prima facie, the gods are in their heavens and all is hunky dory in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has just presided over the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit. Heads of five world powers — Denmark, Czech...

Economic Pain Spells Trouble for Modi and BJP

Jan 09, 2019

The Modi-led BJP government has emulated Indira Gandhi and emasculated the economy, causing burning resentment among core supporters. Once upon a time, not a very long time ago, the Indian economy was mired in the Hindu rate of growth. The notorious license-permit-quota raj starved the economy of oxygen, perpetuating pernicious...

Buy Defense Stocks: World War III Might Be Nigh

Nov 15, 2018

Historically, trade wars are leading indicators of military wars, and the current protectionist sentiments could precipitate a major conflict despite the risk of mutually assured destruction. When World War II ended, Washington decided to create a new rules-based world order. International institutions and free trade were to be the twin...

Why India Has a Financial Crisis and How to Solve It

Oct 22, 2018

India needs urgent reforms to its financial system because banks have created a major crisis by lending unwisely to big borrowers who lack the ability or intention to repay their debts. The financial system in the economy is like the circulatory system in the human body. And banks form its...

Donald Trump Declares Economic War on China

Sep 24, 2018

US tariffs will cause immense pain to China, leading to existential risks to its export-oriented economic model and much pain. After World War II, the US decided to create a new rules-based international order. It was based on institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the International...

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