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Aman Thakker

Aman Thakker is a contributor for The Diplomat, providing analysis on domestic politics, law, regulatory policy, and economics in India. He is also a Research Associate at the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition to writing for The Diplomat, Aman publishes a weekly newsletter, Indialogue, which tracks major developments across India. Follow Aman on Twitter or on his website.

US-India Ties Under Modi 2.0: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
June 03, 2019
US-India Ties Under Modi 2.0: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
The relationship between the United States and India will broadly remain strong, but challenges remain.
US-India Ties Under Modi 2.0: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
5 Big Ideas for the Indian Foreign Ministry's New Indo-Pacific Desk
May 01, 2019
5 Big Ideas for the Indian Foreign Ministry's New Indo-Pacific Desk
A new “Indo-Pacific” desk at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs presents opportunities.
5 Big Ideas for the Indian Foreign Ministry's New Indo-Pacific Desk
In India’s Elections, Voters Will Choose Between Guns and Butter
April 11, 2019
In India’s Elections, Voters Will Choose Between Guns and Butter
India’s election sees the two major national parties adopting drastically different pitches to the electorate.
In India’s Elections, Voters Will Choose Between Guns and Butter
The US GSP Decision: Risks to US-India Relations and Upsides for China
March 06, 2019
The US GSP Decision: Risks to US-India Relations and Upsides for China
Trade tensions between the United States and India have risen to a new level.
The US GSP Decision: Risks to US-India Relations and Upsides for China
Don't Write Off India's Pre-Election Budget Session Just Yet
January 30, 2019
Don't Write Off India's Pre-Election Budget Session Just Yet
The upcoming Indian budget session may yet see major movement on legislation. Don't count it out.
Don't Write Off India's Pre-Election Budget Session Just Yet
India Rises in Ease of Doing Business Rankings, But Reforms Still Pending
November 01, 2018
India Rises in Ease of Doing Business Rankings, But Reforms Still Pending
India continues to lag in several factors, underscoring the need for further reforms.
India Rises in Ease of Doing Business Rankings, But Reforms Still Pending
India Should Allow More Than 50 Percent Foreign Investment in Defense
August 30, 2018
India Should Allow More Than 50 Percent Foreign Investment in Defense
It's long past time for New Delhi to allow for great foreign ownership of defense sector firms.
India Should Allow More Than 50 Percent Foreign Investment in Defense
Missed Opportunities for Progress on India’s Ports Bill
August 23, 2018
Missed Opportunities for Progress on India’s Ports Bill
This reform will be critical, given India's port inefficiencies.
Missed Opportunities for Progress on India’s Ports Bill
As India’s Rafale Controversy Rages, Reforms on Defense Acquisitions Needed
August 01, 2018
As India’s Rafale Controversy Rages, Reforms on Defense Acquisitions Needed
The political discourse surrounding the deal underscores a need for India to rethink its defense acquisition processes.
As India’s Rafale Controversy Rages, Reforms on Defense Acquisitions Needed
Enough Is Enough: India Should Commit to Strategic Disinvestment of State-Owned Companies
July 25, 2018
Enough Is Enough: India Should Commit to Strategic Disinvestment of State-Owned Companies
It's time for movement on public sector firm divestment.
Enough Is Enough: India Should Commit to Strategic Disinvestment of State-Owned Companies
India's Telecom Commission Adopts Strict Net Neutrality Regulations
July 21, 2018
India's Telecom Commission Adopts Strict Net Neutrality Regulations
The decision now heads to the Cabinet for approval.
India's Telecom Commission Adopts Strict Net Neutrality Regulations
After Numerous Delays, India Should Announce Its New Industrial Policy
July 13, 2018
After Numerous Delays, India Should Announce Its New Industrial Policy
The government has insisted that a new policy is coming soon. However, after missing several self-imposed deadlines, why has the policy not yet been released?
After Numerous Delays, India Should Announce Its New Industrial Policy
Jammu and Kashmir Comes Under Direct Rule as Ruling Coalition Falls Apart
June 26, 2018
Jammu and Kashmir Comes Under Direct Rule as Ruling Coalition Falls Apart
The Bharatiya Janata Party has withdrawn from its alliance with the People’s Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir. What comes next?
Jammu and Kashmir Comes Under Direct Rule as Ruling Coalition Falls Apart
India’s States Promote Electric Vehicles While the Central Government Equivocates
June 22, 2018
India’s States Promote Electric Vehicles While the Central Government Equivocates
States have announced policies to foster the adoption of electric vehicles. When will the central government follow suit?
India’s States Promote Electric Vehicles While the Central Government Equivocates
4 Years of the Modi Government: Taking Stock of Economic Performance
May 29, 2018
4 Years of the Modi Government: Taking Stock of Economic Performance
On May 26, the BJP led by Prime Minister Modi completed 4 years in power. How have its economic policies fared since 2014?  
4 Years of the Modi Government: Taking Stock of Economic Performance
Beyond Wuhan: India Should Establish A New Framework for Engagement With China
May 01, 2018
Beyond Wuhan: India Should Establish A New Framework for Engagement With China
India should aim to establish a new and broader framework, or modus vivendi, in its engagement with China.
Beyond Wuhan: India Should Establish A New Framework for Engagement With China
Macron to Set Tone for an EU Balancing Act Between India and China on Belt and Road
February 28, 2018
Macron to Set Tone for an EU Balancing Act Between India and China on Belt and Road
Will Macron speak for the EU as he balances between India and China?
Macron to Set Tone for an EU Balancing Act Between India and China on Belt and Road
As Climate Change Threatens Agricultural Sector, India Must Craft New Policies
December 20, 2017
As Climate Change Threatens Agricultural Sector, India Must Craft New Policies
India must outline more effective policies to mitigate the growing risk from climate change on the agricultural sector.
As Climate Change Threatens Agricultural Sector, India Must Craft New Policies
It's Time For India to Update Its Cybersecurity Policy
October 10, 2017
It's Time For India to Update Its Cybersecurity Policy
India must update its cybersecurity policy to respond to growing threats in cyberspace.
It's Time For India to Update Its Cybersecurity Policy
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