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Ram Mashru

Ram Mashru

Ram Mashru is a commentator and researcher specializing in the politics, international relations, human rights and economics of South Asia. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, he has had articles published in leading publications internationally and has carried out research for think tanks and for the Universities of London, Oxford and Harvard. Human InSecurity: Fear, Deprivation and Abuse in India is his first book. He can be followed on Twitter @RamMashru.

Switzerland's Role in India’s Fight Against Tax Evasion
June 26, 2014
Switzerland's Role in India’s Fight Against Tax Evasion
Narendra Modi's government is fighting tax evasion in India with the cooperation of Swiss officials.
Switzerland's Role in India’s Fight Against Tax Evasion
The Economics of India’s Railways
June 26, 2014
The Economics of India’s Railways
A fare hike for India's railways may represent a step in the right direction for India, but more must be done.
The Economics of India’s Railways
India’s Exposure to ISIS in Iraq
June 24, 2014
India’s Exposure to ISIS in Iraq
Iraq's instability is being closely monitored by New Delhi.
India’s Exposure to ISIS in Iraq
Modinomics: Myth or Magic?
May 15, 2014
Modinomics: Myth or Magic?
Modi looks set to take power on the strength of his economic credentials. But are they what they seem?
Modinomics: Myth or Magic?
India’s Worsening Water Crisis
April 19, 2014
India’s Worsening Water Crisis
114 million Indians will soon face desperate domestic, agricultural and industrial shortages borne of a water crisis.
India’s Worsening Water Crisis
In India, Politics Is Criminal
April 12, 2014
In India, Politics Is Criminal
One-third of Indian MPs have criminal charges pending. Can this situation be fixed?
In India, Politics Is Criminal
India’s Record-Breaking 2014 Elections
March 13, 2014
India’s Record-Breaking 2014 Elections
Coordinating a national election in the world's largest democracy is no easy task.
India’s Record-Breaking 2014 Elections
India Elections: Could a ‘Third Front’ Win?
March 06, 2014
India Elections: Could a ‘Third Front’ Win?
A new grouping adds another dimension to the upcoming vote.
India Elections: Could a ‘Third Front’ Win?
India and Pakistan: Competition or Cooperation in Afghanistan?
March 06, 2014
India and Pakistan: Competition or Cooperation in Afghanistan?
As the international military presence winds down, the dynamics of the Indo-Af-Pak triangle will certainly change.
India and Pakistan: Competition or Cooperation in Afghanistan?
India’s Growing Urban Poverty Crisis
March 04, 2014
India’s Growing Urban Poverty Crisis
India's efforts to fight urban poverty have been lacking.
India’s Growing Urban Poverty Crisis
India Approaches Elections with a Sluggish Economy
February 26, 2014
India Approaches Elections with a Sluggish Economy
India's Finance Minister's final budget speech is more of a swan song for UPA economic policy.
India Approaches Elections with a Sluggish Economy
US Downscales Use Of Drones In Pakistan
February 11, 2014
US Downscales Use Of Drones In Pakistan
The U.S. will be changing its drone posture in Pakistan. Is this an attempt to repair the relationship?
US Downscales Use Of Drones In Pakistan
India: Newly Released Guns For Women Do More Harm Than Good
February 01, 2014
India: Newly Released Guns For Women Do More Harm Than Good
A handgun isn't the right way to prevent violence against women in India.
India: Newly Released Guns For Women Do More Harm Than Good
Celebrating Words And Ideas In India's 'Pink City': The World's Largest Literary Festival
January 25, 2014
Celebrating Words And Ideas In India's 'Pink City': The World's Largest Literary Festival
The Diplomat's Ram Mashru reflects on the 2014 Jaipur Literary Festival.
Celebrating Words And Ideas In India's 'Pink City': The World's Largest Literary Festival
Violence Against Women in Afghanistan Peaked in 2013
January 14, 2014
Violence Against Women in Afghanistan Peaked in 2013
Despite a 2009 law, violence against women is on the rise in Afghanistan, hitting record levels in 2013.
Violence Against Women in Afghanistan Peaked in 2013
Pakistan: As Corrupt As Ever?
January 08, 2014
Pakistan: As Corrupt As Ever?
Pakistan's corruption problem remains serious and a major impediment to good governance.
Pakistan: As Corrupt As Ever?
The Politics of Coalitions in India
January 01, 2014
The Politics of Coalitions in India
The rise of the Aam Aadmi Party offers important lessons on the salience of coalition politics in India.
The Politics of Coalitions in India
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: India’s 30 Million Case Judicial Backlog
December 25, 2013
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: India’s 30 Million Case Judicial Backlog
India's legal system has the most backlogged cases of any in the world – what can it do to fix the problem?
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied: India’s 30 Million Case Judicial Backlog
The Kashmir Question: What Next?
December 18, 2013
The Kashmir Question: What Next?
Narendra Modi has re-ignited an exhausted debate: What should be done about Kashmir?
The Kashmir Question: What Next?
December 17, 2013
Human InSecurity in India
Recent communal violence highlights India’s human security problem.
Human InSecurity in India
Rethinking India-Pakistan Relations
October 15, 2013
Rethinking India-Pakistan Relations
Together with growing trade ties, incremental advances like the recent talks in New York are significant.
Rethinking India-Pakistan Relations
Understanding India’s War on Women
September 18, 2013
Understanding India’s War on Women
Effective policy means reforming attitudes and addressing the demographic, economic and geographic factors.
Understanding India’s War on Women
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