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Global Network Associate Professor of Political Science at NYU Abu Dhabi. Prior to this, I was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale NUS College and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

books include To Raise a Fallen People: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Indian Views of the World (Columbia University Press and Juggernaut), The Progressive Maharaja: Sir Madhava Rao’s Hints on the Art and Science of Government (Hurst, Oxford University Press, and Harper Collins), and Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy (Princeton University Press).

His research has appeared in journals including the Journal of Political Philosophy, The Journal of Politics, Ethics and International Affairs, and International Affairs, and in numerous edited volumes including The Oxford Handbook on the Indian Constitution and The Oxford Handbook on Indian Foreign Policy. My work has also been featured on media outlets around the world including CNN, BBC, Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, and The National.


As India strides ahead to carve its place as a major global player of the 21st century, one question that confronts us on several occassions is - What kind of global power does India aspire to be? What should be the central tenet of its foreign and military policy? How should it behave as a global force to be reckoned with? Should it be reticent in international affairs or take a more proactive approach? Not many questions have been asked as often or as intensely since India’s opening of the economy in the early 1990s and its corresponding rise as a military and diplomatic force.

Most people tend to mark the beginning of Indian international relations thought to the first prime minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s attempt to build a true non-aligned movement. However, Indian thought did not emerge sui generis after Indian independence. Instead, it was a continuation of the ideas and thought that germinated in the 19th century, amidst a time of great turmoil and flux.

In this discussion on Argumentative Indians, we will strive to explore whether the Indians of the 19th century were indeed Argumentative and whether they laid the foundations for the Argumentative Indians of the 20th and the 21st century.


Find out about upcoming sessions and learn how you can join them live and become a part of the conversation -


We invite thought leaders from across the ideological spectrum. The guests in our sessions express their independent views and opinions. Argumentative Indians do not profess to subscribe, agree or endorse the same or be in any way responsible for the stance, words, and comments of our guests.

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