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Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Akhilesh Pillalamarri is an international relations analyst, journalist, and law school graduate.

Akhilesh (Akhi) Pillalamarri is a journalist, writer, analyst, and law school graduate focusing on international relations, global security, geopolitics, foreign policy, comparative law and politics, free speech and media policy, geography, culture, and history. He is a public speaker who has appeared on television, podcasts, and at universities, and the author of three hundred articles, many of which have been cited by governments, the courts, academics, major newspapers, and think tanks.

Posts by Akhilesh Pillalamarri
November 20, 2022

The Future of Reservations in India

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Reservation of jobs and seats in educational institutions, which were based hitherto on caste identity, will now include economic criteria as well.

October 20, 2022

Why Is Free Speech Limited in India?

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Indians generally believe that protecting religious sentiments is warranted, and that preventing incitement and subsequent public disorder is desirable.
August 12, 2021

Afghanistan’s Failed Constitution

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The 2004 constitution is responsible for many of the problems facing Afghanistan today – including the retrenchment of the Taliban.

July 16, 2021

Vietnam’s Battle to Market Its Prized Rice

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The case of ST25 drives home how important it is for countries, particularly developing countries, to develop strong intellectual property protection schemes.

June 14, 2021

Why India’s Democracy is Not Dying

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Reports of the collapse of India’s democracy are often alarmist and misinformed.

August 21, 2020

How India Will Chart Its Own Economic Course

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The country will not become the next factory floor of the world. But it can still be an economic giant.
July 11, 2020

History of Tibet-Ladakh Relations and Their Modern Implications

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
History casts a long shadow in the Himalayas.

June 23, 2020

Why India Needs to Draw the Line With China: The Geopolitics of the Sino-Indian Skirmish

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
India needs to draw the right lessons from the Galwan Valley skirmish.

August 26, 2019

A Changing India: A Land of Dichotomies and Magic

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
India contains multitudes.

August 18, 2019

A Changing India: Caught Between Illiberalism and Social Revolution

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Is India on the cusp of a social revolution?

August 13, 2019

India’s Cultural and History Geography: The Deccan and Aryavarta

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
India’s past helps explain its present.
August 08, 2019

Long Overdue: Why Ladakh’s New Status in India Should Be Welcomed

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Given its history and cultural and geographic distinctiveness, Ladakh’s new status is a welcome development.

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