Interpreting India

(Interpreting) India at 75

Episode Summary

In this episode, seven Carnegie India scholars—Anirudh Burman, Deep Pal, Konark Bhandari, Priyadarshini D, Rahul Bhatia, Rudra Chaudhuri, and Shibani Mehta—join Suyash Rai to share insights from their work. Against the backdrop of India’s developmental journey through the seventy-five years post independence, each scholar reflects on their respective area of work to talk about how far India has come and where it is going.

Episode Notes

How far has India come since independence, and where is it going? What are the opportunities and challenges it has witnessed in the past, and what all awaits it in the near future? In this episode, Suyash Rai invites his colleagues who have previously hosted episodes of Interpreting India to share insights from their work. Anirudh Burman talks about land markets and policy framework for India’s new technology sectors. Konark Bhandari explicates India’s role in semiconductor supply chains and commercialization of space. Rahul Bhatia sheds light on the indigenization of defense manufacturing. Shibani Mehta and Deep Pal discuss India’s relationship with China, and Priyadarshini D. elucidates the future of digital currencies. Rudra Chaudhuri gives a broader perspective of key transitions in India’s foreign policy regime and the role of think tanks in the modern times. Finally, Suyash Rai gives an overview of India’s growth experience and how he sees the present moment.


Episode Contributors

Suyash Rai is a deputy director and fellow at Carnegie India. His research focuses on the political economy of economic reforms, and the performance of public institutions in India.

Anirudh Burman is an associate research director and fellow at Carnegie India. He works on key issues relating to public institutions, public administration, the administrative and regulatory state, and state capacity.

Konark Bhandari is an associate fellow with Carnegie India's Technology and Society Program. He has published papers in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, and corporate law. 

Rahul Bhatia is a research analyst with the Security Studies Program at Carnegie India. His research focuses on India’s borders and India’s foreign and defense policies.

Shibani Mehta is a senior research analyst with the Security Studies Program at Carnegie India. Her research focuses on India’s security and foreign policies.

Deep Pal is a visiting scholar in the Asia program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on the Indo-Pacific, Indian foreign policy in its immediate and greater neighborhood, and regional security of South Asia, with particular emphasis on China.

Priyadarshini D. is an associate fellow with the Technology and Society Program at Carnegie India. She is interested in researching emerging issues at the intersection of law, technology, and finance.

Rudra Chaudhuri is the director of Carnegie India. His primary research interests include the diplomatic history of South Asia and contemporary security issues.


Additional Reading

The Gloss in the Gross Domestic Product Estimate by Suyash Rai

The Changing Imperatives of India’s Land Markets by Anirudh Burman

Indian Space Tech Should Now Build Small Satellites, Forge Big Global Partnerships by Konark Bhandari and Tejas Bharadwaj

Why the Indian Air Force’s Modernization Process Has Stumbled by Rahul Bhatia

High Peaks, High Stakes by Shibani Mehta

How South Asian States Are Managing Chinese Influence by Deep Pal

UPI Powers India’s Digital Transactions. RBI’s eRupee is Compelling But Must Argue Retail Use by Priyadarshini D.

Navigating a Curious Chapter in Indo-US Ties by Rudra Chaudhuri


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