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.

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 France, the countryside has long … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

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 Republic, Uzbekistan, Malta and Rwanda … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

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 poverty by imposing Soviet-style economics … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

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 pillars of this new order. … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

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 beating heart. If banks falter, … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

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 Monetary Fund (IMF). This order … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

The Falling Indian Rupee: Crisis or Contagion?

Sep 19, 2018

American economic policies are causing the rupee to fall, but India’s fast-approaching elections might make its economic situation worse. On August 26, the Indian rupee started falling. On September 11, it fell to a record low with $1 worth Rs72.7. This led to a plunge in stock markets, caused economic discomfort and sparked an emotive … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi

Mar 12, 2017

Narendra Modi has given the opposition a thrashing and emerged as the most powerful Indian leader since Indira Gandhi. On March 11, India’s rambunctious democracy took a new turn. Five states had gone to the polls. Of these, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur are relatively electorally insignificant in a country of over 1.2 billion people. … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

Modi's Start-Up India Shakes the Colonial State

Jan 16, 2016

Nearly seven decades after independence, the Indian state is dysfunctional and a clash of ideas is emerging about new ways of running or reforming the country. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a hard-working fellow. He gets up at the crack of dawn, arrives at the office early and leaves late. Unlike Manmohan Singh, the … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

Lessons Greece Can Learn From Seychelles

Jul 21, 2015

Greece should look to Seychelles for lessons on rejuvenating its ailing economy. Oxi it is! In early July, the Greek electorate delivered a thumbs-down to sermons from lenders, media, international bodies and diplomats. Greeks chose not to give in when placed under overwhelming pressure from “Team Euro.” The Greek debate means all sorts of things to people of … Continue reading "An Indian Revolution: From Indira’s Congress to BJP’s Modi"

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