Shankkar Aiyar

Author of Accidental India: A History of the Nation's Passage through Crisis and Change

Shankkar Aiyar
WTO’s lazy hypothesis lumps India in China trade bloc

This week the phrase punctuated the text of speechifying by Volodymyr Zelensky and world leaders at the UN General Assembly.

24 Sep 2023

A billion voters #2024Elections: X, Y and W factors

In what is billed as the world’s largest election, an estimated one billion Indians—in a population of 1.431 billion—will be eligible to exercise their democratic right.

17 Sep 2023

G20: China’s new wall of politics and geoeconomics

Crafting consensus on crucial global issues -- already challenged by vertical and horizontal divergences -- is daunted by China’s new wall of geopolitical ambitions. 

10 Sep 2023

One Nation, One Election, One Opposition

The process in itself can be political, where some or all state governments under BJP rule could agree to dissolve the house and seek a fresh mandate alongside Lok Sabha polls.

03 Sep 2023

The political geography of India's economy

How would Indian states with large populations rank globally in dollar terms? For reference, India’s per capita income at $2600 in 2023, as per the IMF, places it at 141st out of 191 countries.

20 Aug 2023

No Trust Vote: Opposition in Blunder Land

Typically Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned the no confidence motion into the launch of the Modi 2024 campaign. 

13 Aug 2023

US downgrade: Do ratings deter populism!

France was not the only country to be hit by downgrades that year.

06 Aug 2023

‘Global boiling’ – The hot air between words and action

Headline events reflect the reality of climate change. Theinadequacies of response are visible. The implications for the future are manifest and terrifying.

30 Jul 2023

Domino effect of scale and Indian cost competitiveness

The landscape of geopolitics is evolving and will inform and influence geo-economics. 

23 Jul 2023

The War on the Dollar: Is it time for a new global currency

A grim currency battle led by China and Russia has erupted over controlling the global economy by taking on the greenback using an alternate currency. For now, it’s an uphill task.

16 Jul 2023

Deluge of Rhetoric Drowns Accountability

The clichéd maxim about governance in India states anything that could go wrong can/will go wrong.

16 Jul 2023

Maha power politics and the 1978 Pawar model

Over the years, to paraphrase Tacitus, politics accommodated itself as was advantageous.

09 Jul 2023

Stock market bulls mock central bank fears

This week the chiefs of the US Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan met at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal.

02 Jul 2023

Opposition vs Modi: Mission 2024 or Mission Impossible

India's political discourse is thirsting for competing ideas. The architects of Mission 2024 will need to produce a compelling alternative of what it stands for and how it will deliver.

25 Jun 2023

India and America: Friendship with benefits

Powered by investments in physical infrastructure and an enviable lead in digital platforms, India is emerging as a bigger and more evolved economy.

18 Jun 2023