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Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Akhilesh Pillalamarri

Akhilesh Pillalamarri is an international relations analyst, writer, and journalist.

Akhilesh (Akhi) Pillalamarri is an international affairs analyst, writer, and journalist focusing on geopolitics, international security, Asia, comparative law & politics, history, and technology policy. He is a public speaker who has appeared on television, podcasts, at universities, and is the author of 300 articles, many of which have been cited by governments, the courts, academics, major newspapers, and think tanks.

Posts by Akhilesh Pillalamarri
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August 11, 2023

The Roots of Northeast India’s Ethnic Turmoil

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The drive to maintain their identity and avoid assimilation is strong among the region’s tribal and ethnic groups.
June 28, 2023

America’s India Problem

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Predictions of the demise of Indian democracy by American media and activists are exaggerated and reflect a narrow understanding of India’s history and complexity.

May 27, 2023

What Is the Future of Hindu Nationalism in India?

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
The question is not whether Hindu nationalism will be part of India’s political landscape, but whether and to what extent non-Hindus will be able to play a role.

April 24, 2023

How the US Is Pushing India Away

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
A policy that does not respect that India does not need lessons in how to run its domestic affairs could push New Delhi to close ranks with other countries against the U.S.

March 24, 2023

Is India the ‘Mother of Democracies’?

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
While no one place can be called the "mother" of democracies, Indian democracy is as ancient as Greek democracy, and both evolved independently.
March 21, 2023

India’s Coming Battle Over Its Supreme Court

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
At the center of the looming showdown between the apex court and parliament is the collegium system of appointing judges.

January 25, 2023

India is the World’s Most Populous Country: What it Means

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
Despite its many massive problems, this is a country that is bursting forth with dynamism, ideas, diversity, and change.
December 21, 2022

The Uniform Civil Code Bill in India: What’s at Stake?

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
It is a controversial issue in Indian politics as minorities and opposition parties see it as a vehicle for Hindu majoritarianism.

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.

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